Asociación Talamanqueña de Ecoturismo y Conservación or ATEC (/ah-tek/) for short, is an incorporated, grassroots, non-profit organization. We help visitors arrange activities, hikes, and adventure tours with local guides which helps to support their families and the local economy.
In 1987, a group of Talamancan residents started to meet and discuss their concerns about the rapid social, cultural, and economic changes accompanying the increase of tourism to the area. In 1990, we became an incorporated grassroots non-profit organization and called ourselves Asociación Talamanqueña de Ecoturismo y Conservación, ATEC (/ah-tek/) for short.
In our office we can help visitors arrange activities, hikes, educational stuff, adventure tours with the local guides to support their family economy, whatever you've heard you can do in Talamanca Costa Rica, we invented it.
Also in our office we offer everything the "green" traveler needs: recycled art souvenirs, organic sun block and bug spray, even umbrellas and rubber boots.
Buy your souvenirs here and you support our efforts to protect the culture and ecology of this special place.
We serve Cahuita, Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Indigenous Reserves, Gandoca Manzanillo, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva, and Playa Negra.
As every year leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) visit the coast of Caribe Sur and Gandoca Natural Reserve to lay their eggs. During the night, most often during the high tide, female sea turtles must come ashore to build nests and lay between 80 to 100 eggs, big as a ping-pong ball.
They need a quiet, dark and protected environment, otherwise they get scared and leave.
With TurtLove - Turtle Adoption Program you can make a symbolic adoption, destined to finance a wider project of Sea Turtles Protection in the Gandoca – Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.
Since ATEC is an NGO, 100% of the funds raised will be allocated to the recovery, management of the center, surveillance and maintenance of the nesting areas, awareness of tourists and local population.
If you want to protect them, make a gesture of love.
Adopt a turtle or give adoption to a friend: we will send you a personalized eco-friendly digital certificate.