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Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve

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Address: Las Penitas, Nicaragua
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US$179.00*
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San Jacinto Hot Springs and Juan Venado Wildlife Reserve Boat Tour
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My daughter and I kayaked into the reserve, with a local guide (who only spoke Spanish, but we managed). You quickly feel like you have gone into the wild. Lots of birds to see... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Don819
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Ottawa
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Ottawa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My daughter and I kayaked into the reserve, with a local guide (who only spoke Spanish, but we managed). You quickly feel like you have gone into the wild. Lots of birds to see. We went to the sea turtle hatchery which was very interesting.

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The people of Nicaragua are doing everything in their power to save the sea turtles. Unlike the majority of Americans, Nicaraguans understand and appreciate the complex relationship between nature and people

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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At the Barca de Ora hotel where we booked the trip, there was some confusion. 3 couples had each booked a private tour at $15pp but we were all to go on the same tour. One couple objected & the charge was reduced to $13pp. It didn't matter as there was loads of room for us all on the boat.... More 

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Eugene, OR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We enjoyed paddling kayaks through the estuary. Red, white and black mangroves make the perfect habitat for egrets, about four species of heron that we were able to identify --I'm sure there are more-- magnificent frigatebirds, kingfishers, whimbrels, sandpipers and osprey. With the help of a guide, we were also able to spot a baby crocodile --! Such a lovely... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

There are so many different kinds of wildlife, especially birds, it's almost mind boggling.My guide said almost every time he goes on the tour he sees something new.For my part I saw two baby crocodiles, two gray iguanas, tons of snowy egrets, racoons, snow white porcupine like blowfish, kingfishers, with their bushy crowns, bright red little crabs, big black vultures,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We took an excursion with local guides, you can literally walk up and ask for a tour. Cost $20/ person for 3 of us though I'm sure you can negotiate better for bigger groups. Our tour guide was 16 but he was incredibly knowledgeable of the area and shared he was part of the effort to restore after Hurricane Alma.... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

Used a local guide to tour around the mangrove reserve. Saw lots of birds, but no turtles as it was not the nesting season. Nice place, and knowledgeable guide.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

It is worth the trip from Leon and we stayed 4 days and totally enjoyed the area. The boat ride through the reserve was educational and enjoyable.

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Ottawa, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

I did a kayaking trip here and it was beautiful. We saw lots of birds and some iguanas. We went at high tide I would recommend going at low tide for better wildlife sightings

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

I came to the beach To go on this trip to the nature reserve and luckily for me I found a group of 6 already going on a tour through lazy turtle hostel as the cost is $75 for the boat and guide no matter how many people are on the boat but worked out a good price. Unless you... More 

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