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Address: Changuinola, Panama
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This is a nonprofit conservation group with a working turtle hatchery, with dedicated volunteers that nightly monitor the nests, count, weigh, and measure the hatchlings then take... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 July 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

This is a nonprofit conservation group with a working turtle hatchery, with dedicated volunteers that nightly monitor the nests, count, weigh, and measure the hatchlings then take them to where they can find their way to the water. Were were privileged to see 3 nests hatch in one evening, there are plenty more waiting to hatch. The staff speak only... More 

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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2014

Where do I begin to tell you how wonderful this place is? Firstly, not only was seeing the manatees great, they also have a turtle conservation project that desperately needs volunteers (they are not government funded but run by local volunteers) and the people running AAMVECONA retreat are wonderful! Contacted Elizabeth via e-mail (info@aamvecona.com), arranged arrival for 4PM. As far... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

We emailed Elizabeth a few days before we wanted to go which she replied quite promptly, but did try the contact box first and don't think it worked. Email direct. Paid $75 for the boat, manatee tour, and twin room breakfast and dinner. Definetly good value for money. We arrived around noon and Elizabeth showed us lots of info about... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

We did a day tour with aamvecona. Had a pick-up at Changuinola airport. After a short film about the area, we started with the tour. A nice one hour boat ride on the river to the Manatee look out. After a short time the first manatee arrived. 15 mins later a large Manatee showed up, and started eating the bananas.... More 

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Pennsylvania USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2010

How cool, I didn't think there would be a place on tripadvisor for this tour! I did the manatee tour in May of 2009. I was volunteering in Gandoca and every Sunday on our day off we'd head over to Changuinola for food and internet (easier to get to than Puerto Viejo, plus it's cheaper!) One of our taxi drivers... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2008

we did not take the yellow bus from Guabito into Changuinola direct. We got off at the half way point on the bridge over the Rio San San. You should DEFINITELY do this! Enter the office of AAMVECONA upstairs and tell the guy in Spanish that you want a boat to take you to the PLATFORM. He will wake up... More 

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