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Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve

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Las Penitas, Nicaragua
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We took a boat trip on the river through Juan Venado. We saw a lot of different birds. We counted at least 30 different species. A lot of herons and egrets, a black hawk and many others. Also two crocodiles and at the same he...More

Thank Gert-Jan V
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

This IS a hidden gem! I hate to share it but supporting this organization is protecting the beaches and tortoises. Jorge, Hector, Ricardo and everyone else watch out for your safety and comfort. $15 bucks per person for transport, meals AND a bed in a...More

Thank Ian D
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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

We didn't see a lot of animals. A few crabs, some birds and a pelican. But a lot of mosquitos. Don' t forget long pants and sleeves and your repelente!

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Reviewed 4 May 2017

We rent for 3 hours a kayak to visit the mangrove and it was very nice to see the landscape. We saw many different birds but no crocodiles ( well, I rather not! ). It was a fun activity, you can also visit it by...More

Thank sisimtl
Reviewed 26 April 2017

This is a great side trip to see things you may never get to anywhere else. Take the boat ride though the mangroves to see much nature and birds and crocodiles. At the end, you may get the chance to see baby leatherback turtles swim...More

Thank GringoBayState
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Great for the avid bird watchers (numerous species to see) along with the occasional alligators. Our guide was very informative.

Thank davissr2014
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Its worth a morning to take the tour with a local guide to see the turtle rescue efforts, and learn about the importance of the small barrier island to the nature and economy of the area.

Thank Bo W
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We went on a tour in February and saw a few birds, and one baby caiman. Expect more wildlife and as soon as they spotted caiman the tour was over and we were on our way back. Visited the turtle reserve which has an excellent...More

Thank Dan G
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We enjoyed the three-hour tour and spotted five types of herons, kingfishers, two raccoons and one small alligator. We went in the morning but the best time is in the afternoon when the tide is lower and you see more alligators. We really liked our...More

Thank LisaAnn61
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

This is a nice and relaxing nature reserve. Not much to see except for lots of birds, but still worth the visit. Rent the kayaks and go as far as you want. If you go during high tide you can paddle into small rivers in...More

Thank MortenSara
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