Villa Tortuga Restaurant and Hostel
Among the many amenities offered by the department of Usulután, Villa Tortuga is, located on Mendez Island, with its own restaurant and hostel.
What to do:
Villa Tortuga provides community-based ecotourism boat tours in the Bay of Jiquilisco visiting famous “Palace of the Birds”, located in the mangrove forest area, and also ” Under the Turtle,” a sandbar that forms at low tide, there is also crocodiles sighting, among other activities, all at affordable prices.
There are packages that offer lunch with visiting fee included, from US$ 10.00 per person. If you want to explore the area with the help of a guide, the fee is US$ 40.00
Another interesting activity at Villa Tortuga is the release of baby turtles from August to January. Help with this conservation program for just US$ 1.00 per person.
There is also a tour that takes you where the turtles lay their eggs, with an option for camping for US$ 30.00 per person.
Where to stay:
This place has simple accommodations, but it’s the place to stay if you are visiting Isla de Méndez.
Villa Tortuga offers 3 cabins (accommodates 4 persons) for US $ 20.00 per night.
How to get there:
If you driving from San Salvador, take the highway to Comalapa Airport, Then to take the diversion going east along the Coastal Highway (CA-2E). Continue along the coastal road until you reach “Puente de Oro” (Gold Bridge) and a few meters after the bridge take road on your right that leads to Isla de Mendez.
Continue along this dirt road until you reach the end (is in very good condition) then turn left and drive and extra eight kilometers until you reach the community of Isla de Mendez. Locals can help you with directions, since there are no signs that indicate the roads.
Villa Tortuga Hostel is on the left side, before Isla de Mendez Centro Escolar (Elementary school)
Bus routes available: Route 302 (from San Salvador to Usulután). Ticket cost US$ 1.50
Note: There is no bus route that leads directly to the Isla de Méndez, so you should take local transportation that can be boarded at the “Puente de Oro”.
Contact: Eduardo Flores
Phone: (503) 7942-5478
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Elevation: 21 feet
N 13 ° 14,334 ‘
In 88 ° 40,129 ‘
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