Turtles in Hawaii (Parque Hawaii, Guatemala)

Posted: December 27, 2010 in Guatemala

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After the accident, I stayed in a nice small hotel where for 40Q (5$) I had my own private room, cable TV and shower. This is the hotel’s owner and grand son. They liked my camera and wanted a picture.

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My bike got it’s first wash on this trip in over 2 months. I still had Baja sand on there.

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On my 500km or so road heading south, I found this view as the sun was going down and I was getting caught in the dark in the middle of the mountains.

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In order to get to Park Hawaii, I had to get to Monterrico on this Ferry. The guys tried to charge me the Gringo tax since a normal moto is 15Q for the crossing and they wanted 50Q for mine.

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Since 2 more motos came along with 4 more people, after much negotiating I gave them 30Q. My bike was a bit bigger… 😉

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Views from the ferry going through the lagoon

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Bike just rolled in 11k

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Now for the turtles. I got to Park Hawaii, just 8km from Monterrico, and this is where I stayed at. Hard to tell, but in the back there they have a building with bunk beds inside and a common area. The stay is 10$ a night and you have a hostel like environment.

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There are 2 hatcheries. The one on the right and the one on the left.

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Inside the hatchery. The sticks show a nest that was dug in there. Each nest has about 40-60 eggs.

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Here is the system. You can click the picture and then zoom in to read it all. It basically explains the donation system that should be followed by the locals. Sadly, egg donations only account for a really small % of the numbers you saw above. Most of those eggs were bought with $ donations that the park gets from visitors and volunteers. Each nest costs between 12-20$ depending on egg prices during that month. One volunteer, John, bought about 16k eggs with his own $. Thats about 3 000$ worth of eggs.

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The park has a small view tower and I took these HDRs from there.

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One of their dogs

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One of the nests hatching. They fill up pretty quick. The next few pics are a bit blurry because of the lack of light…

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Just chillin

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Out of all the lil guys we release into the ocean, about 1 out of 1000 will survive, grow old and come back to lay eggs. If we calculate the % of eggs that are being sold as food, it’s not hard to see why the turtle population is gradually diminishing. These turtles were here way before us… about 100 million years before us. They survived harsh temperatures and climates, but it doesn’t look like they will survive humans…

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Comments
  1. Dan says:

    Stefan,
    Love the ferry man, you should get a discount if u have to bail water on the trip. Lol
    Shitty u crashed man, but I guess you wouldn’t have met some nice people if you hadnt.( you could prob due without the roadrash though)

    Shirls went nuts when she saw the baby turtle pics, cute little guys… Hope you haven’t eaten any eggs. How long are you there for?
    Merry hoho peace

  2. Lori says:

    Hi! Just found your thread on ADVRider, and saw you update here more. 🙂 Love your ride and report. Looks like you are having a great time and really getting into being there. I look forward to following along.

    Horribly crash, but I am glad that you survived with relatively little damage. Those guys did a great job on the repair.

    Now I need to go back and read some of your beginning blog posts. Looks exciting!!!

    Keep up the great trip and thanks for bringing me along.

    -Lori

  3. Ali says:

    Amigo, thanks for posting your pics. The little turtles seem so fragile. May you have a safe and fun trip.

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