Ecotourism is a form of responsible tourism that focuses on exploring and appreciating natural environments and wildlife in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.
It takes place in unique and fragile ecosystems, which is why the primary goal of ecotourism is to promote conservation and sustainable development.
Ecotourism activities typically involve small groups, local guides, and immersive experiences that allow visitors to learn about the environment and its inhabitants. These activities include wildlife watching, snorkeling, and cultural exchanges with local communities.
Through ecotourism, we can preserve the environment for future generations by providing economic benefits to local communities.
Ecotourism with sea turtles in Baja California Sur has recently risen. It is an initiative of coastal communities inspired by their long-term collaboration with Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias in their scientific monitoring activities to protect and conserve sea turtles.
Through this collaboration, the communities obtained training in the scientific monitoring of sea turtles and now are part of the governmental monitoring permits and licenses to work with this endangered species.
These communities' initiative to carry out sea turtle ecotourism allows tourists to participate as observers in the scientific monitoring activities of sea turtles.
Supporting ecotourism activities with sea turtles can have several advantages:
Supporting ecotourism activities with threatened species, such as sea turtles, can provide multiple benefits, including increased conservation efforts, awareness, economic benefits, education, and sustainable development.