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Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve

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Address: Las Penitas, Nicaragua
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San Jacinto Hot Springs and Juan Venado Wildlife Reserve Boat Tour
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So much to see

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
peter k
North Vancouver, Canada
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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 

Thank Lellyonthego
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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cape may, nj
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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.

Thank Capemaybe
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

Thank Katana107
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

Excellent example of the wildlife you can see in the mangroves of this region. I booked at the local tour office in Las Penitas (better price than hotel-arranged tours). I was led by a pair of brothers (guide/driver) who were well-versed in the local fauna (although you may find new names for some birds that seem to change from country... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

I'm really glad that someone told us to go very early because by the time we were leaving the reserve, lots of loud motorized boats were whizzing past. We chose the kayaking option and paid the extra $10 for a guide which was good because I'm not sure we would have known how far to go. The guide only spoke... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

We took our 3 kids (13, 11, 8) on the tour of the nature reserve. They loved it. Releasing the turtles was a highlight of our time in Nicaragua.

Thank Jokenmom
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

A boat ride through the mangroves are a great afternoon excursion. It's beautiful, it's virtually deserted and it's borders a stunning stretch of beach with a turtle hatchery. Setting baby turtles free at sunset is a unforgettable experience.

Thank Milica A

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