Servicios Ecoturísticos La Ventanilla

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Servicios Ecoturísticos La Ventanilla information

Prices
1½hr lagoon tours adult/child M$60/30, under 6yr free
Opening hours
tours 8:30am-5pm
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Lonely Planet review

Some 2.5km along the road west from Mazunte a sign points left to Playa Ventanilla, 1.2km down a dirt track. The small settlement here includes the palapa of Servicios Ecoturísticos La Ventanilla . Servicios Ecoturísticos is Ventanilla’s successful conservation and ecotourism cooperative. Most popular are its 10-passenger canoe trips on a mangrove-fringed lagoon where you’ll see endangered river crocodiles (there are about 1000 of these in the 230,000-sq-meter local protected area) and lots of water birds (most prolific from April to July). For the best wildlife-spotting, go in the early morning. Servicios Ecoturísticos also offers three-hour horseback rides, specialized birding tours (best at 6am and arranged the day before), and on certain days the chance to release turtle hatchlings into the ocean and to join night patrols to see turtles laying and help collect their eggs. There’s also accommodations in well-built new cabañas with bathroom and dorms for up to four. Servicios Ecotúristicos’ conservation work includes a crocodile nursery, mangrove reforestation and turtle protection. It welcomes volunteers (who are paid per day and are provided with accommodations and kitchen) for work such as reforesting, English-teaching and feeding the deer and young crocs.