Colombia Destination Guide

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Information from Colombia on the turtleshell trade has been collected since 2008 by Fundación Tortugas del Mar, as part of an ongoing independent study they have conducted to assess the trade of hawksbill products in the town of Cartagena de Indias on the Caribbean coast. Each year 60 – 65 street vendors were surveyed; a further 32 souvenir shops and retail stores were also visited.

More recent surveys have shown these products for sale in the Caribbean coastal towns of Tolu, Coveñas, and Rincon del Mar.

Top Turtleshell Destinations

  • Cartagena

  • Tolu

  • Coveñas

  • Rincon del Mar

  • Bogota


Legal Status: Illegal to buy or sell sea turtle products in Colombia.

Look for this logo when traveling in Colombia to make sure you support Turtle Free Souvenir Shops!

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Photos: (Courtesy of Fundacion Tortugas del Mar)

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