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El Salvador Community Tour: Visit the Community of La Pirraya

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  • Visit this popular fishing community in the Bay of Jiquilisco while supporting the conservation of the hawksbill sea turtle..Learn about the local way of life while visiting one of ICAPO's seasonal work stations..Explore the many programs that the local community is engaged in, such as artisanal fishing and environmental conservation.
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Visit the community of La Pirraya and learn about one of the most picturesque fishing communities in the Bay of Jiquilisco and the well-known home of three players on the National Beach Soccer Team of El Salvador. Thanks to the excellent performance of these "beach warriors" finishing 4th in the Beach Soccer World Cup in Italy, this community has become a popular tourist destination.La Pirraya is a canton located on San Sebastián Island in the Bay of Jiquilisco that belongs to the municipality of San Dionisio. In this community, there are about 180 families, most of whom are engaged in artisanal fishing, harvesting curiles, and preserving local fauna by participating in environmental projects such as mangrove reforestation, sea turtle nursery management, and scientific research assistance on the hawksbill turtle, among others.During this visit you will get to learn about the local way of life, starting with a reception at the Cooperativa Las Águilas, a place that ICAPO uses as a workstation during the nesting season of the hawksbill turtle. Experience the scientific and conservation work being done while also learning about daily life in the local community.
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