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Laguna La Ventanilla

February 25

We got up early this morning and caught a collectivo over to the junction to La Ventanilla. We walked down the road to the town about 1 km or so. Once in the town, we went to the tourist booth and asked about a lagoon trip. We had to wait while they called a guide and then off we went. We walked down the beach with him to the lagoon and got into a boat. On the way down the beach, we passed the turtle nest hatchery. They retrieve the turtle eggs after they are laid on the beach and move them to the hatchery. Then when they hatch, the babies are released into the ocean. They had some 2300 eggs currently in the hatchery.
Turtle Hatchery - each stick marks a nest

Turtle Hatchery - each stick marks a nest


He paddled us around the lagoon, pointing out the different birds and crocodiles.
Green heron

Green heron

Green iguana

Green iguana

Crocodile

Crocodile

Art shot of crocodile

Art shot of crocodile


Our guide, Lalo, also took us to an island, which is part of the reserve. There they have birds and crocodiles which have been confiscated from smugglers and are kept until they can survive in the wild. He showed us a cage of orange fronted parrots and said 350 of them had been confiscated at one time. Most of them have been returned to freedom, but some of them don't have all their feathers yet, so they can't fly. We also saw a couple of confiscated crocodiles, which seemed very big for capturing and transporting. Then we returned back to town and got a taxi back to Mazunte.
Don had a great snorkel while I cooled it in the shade. I find climbing the hill in the heat quite difficult. It often gives me a headache, which reduces my enthusiasm for going down the hill. In the late afternoon, we went for a walk around town, just exploring other little streets we haven't been on yet. We came back home for supper, as Don had bought some fresh dorado from a vendor.

Posted by katdill 06:10 Archived in Mexico

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