Nicaragua is blessed with several beaches where the Olive Ridley turtles come to lay their eggs. These sea turtles weigh about 45 kg and are spread throughout the world. There are nesting sites in Asia and Africa as well, but despite this dispersion the Olive Ridley population is threatened and in some places endangered with extinction. In Nicaragua there is a fairly big population, but egg harvesting and destruction of nesting sites is having an impact on this population.

The Olive Ridley turtles come to the beach en masse, during so called arribadas in which thousands of turtles arrive at the same time to lay their eggs. This way, the hatchlings will swarm the beach in huge numbers and in doing so they increase their chance of survival.

Ask your Hotel for timings of when Turtles are here and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to visit the La Flor Turtle Reserve during the night to witness this incredible event.