Located along the south Pacific coast of Nicaragua near the Refugio de Vida Silvestre la Flor, the ITSA ecotourism project is envisioned as a development built in equilibrium with nature, and will provide visitors opportunities to discover and support the endangered and threatened sea turtle populations at the site. Its location along the Ruta del Sur, which incorporates a large network of ecotourism activities, will reinforce its role as a visitor center for the whole area. Furthermore, the project will provide the local community with an economic future based in the preservation of the area’s natural resources. The project will be the product of collaboration between local communities and sustainability initiatives in the region, resulting in community-owned and operated businesses.
The site is located near one of seven beaches in Central America that experiences sea turtle arribadas, a phenomenon where up to 40,000 female sea turtles arrive on the beach en masse to lay their eggs. Since a variety of human activities drastically reduce the number of turtles that survive to adulthood, a central goal of the project is to help efforts in the protection and conservation of these species.
The ITSA Ecotourism Project will be a catalyst for community-based ecotourism and a model of ecologically-conscious development in support of endangered sea turtles and other native species in Nicaragua and beyond.