Asociación Salvemos Las Tortugas de Parismina
Asociación Salvemos Las Tortugas de Parismina information
Directed by 37-year resident and former Peace Corps volunteer Vicky Taylor, this grassroots turtle-protection organization with strong community support employs former poachers as ‘turtle guides' and maintains a guarded turtle hatchery. Travelers can volunteer as guards to patrol the beaches alongside local turtle guides. Volunteers (five-night minimum commitment) pay a one-time US$35 registration fee.
ASTOP also organizes homestays (per night with three meals US$30), offers internet access free for volunteers, and can arrange horseback-riding trips, bike rentals, turtle-watching tours (per person US$25), wildlife-viewing excursions by boat, and farm and heliconia-garden tours in Caño Blanco.