Asociación Salvemos Las Tortugas de Parismina
Asociación Salvemos Las Tortugas de Parismina information
ASTOP is a grassroots turtle-protection organization employing former poachers as ‘turtle guides.’ It has built a guarded turtle hatchery to deter poachers and thieves. Travelers can volunteer as turtle guards to patrol the beaches alongside local turtle guides. Volunteers have to pay a US$30 registration fee, in addition to a daily US$27 lodging fee that includes training, accommodations with a local family and three meals daily. A three-night minimum is required.
ASTOP also organizes homestays (per night with three meals US$27) and offers internet access (per hour US$3), and can arrange horseback-riding trips, bike rentals, turtle-watching tours (per person US$20), wildlife-viewing excursions by boat, and farm and heliconia-garden tours in Caño Blanco.