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Address: Camino Los Achotes a Barra de Potosi, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico
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+52 755 557 2840

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Nature Tour: Lagoon Boat Ride and Visit to El Refugio de Potosi Wildlife Refuge
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An educational day

El Refugio de Potosi is an interesting refuge founded by an American lady. It primarily is housing iguanas and some other animals needing rescue. When I was there, remodeling was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Tucson, Arizona

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Tucson, Arizona
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

El Refugio de Potosi is an interesting refuge founded by an American lady. It primarily is housing iguanas and some other animals needing rescue. When I was there, remodeling was in progress, so we didn't have access to all areas. Only certain tours were allowed during this process. It's well kept, and there is a tower you can climb up... More 

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Toluca, Mexico
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Our lovely hostess La Rusa and Mike took us to El Refugio on a private tour. All I can say - wow and thank you! This place is amazing and beyond wonderful. I hope it will get to shine in all its glory again and opens its doors for the public.

Thank MMMaria2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

As long as you don't go during the Christmas/NewYear's weeks, this is a beautiful, natural, peaceful escape. Now that they've paved the road all the way down from Highway 200, it's about 40 minutes from Ixtapa. You can even take a taxi; negotiate the price and tell them when to come back for you. We choose a restaurant (Neto's recently),... More 

5 Thank LnorPabs
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015

This was our first time visiting Barro de Potosi. It has a natural lagoon that meets the ocean. We took a boat tour around the lagoon, and saw some cranes, and other birds. There are lots of small fishing boats catching shrimp. The beach was crowded since the tour buses were dropping tourists off by the busload. Get here early... More 

1 Thank KnowForeignLands
Acapulco, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

I love this place. We hope it reopens for the public. If so, it's definitely a destination to take children to. It encourages love and awareness of the animals and plants in the area. Even spiders and snakes!!!!! And they have a large turtle pond. They also have a whale carcass, bleached bones. It's a great place.

1 Thank Montanadreaming10
Mexico City, Mexico
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Amazing place to visit, its closed for general public now, but talk to the owner, sometimes she can give a group a private tour

1 Thank KristinaAG A
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

Delightful rustic eco park with butterflies and rescue animals. It was an adventure getting here, and we absolutely thought it was worth it! (Actually memories from 2011 trip)

1 Thank alaskasculler
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2015 via mobile

A super place to learn. I used to work there for a year. Nice place to visit. The owner and founder has an authentic love for nature and the region. Visiting the place its a pleasure. And you are helping for sure to a great cause, the conservation of the region as it is. Beatiful and perfect.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015 via mobile

PLEASE NOTE: El Refugio is now CLOSED!!! Actually, from what I understand, they are still open in the sense that they are caring for some of the animals from when they were previously open. HOWEVER, they are now closed to the public. From what I heard, because of funding. Hope this saves you an unnecessary trip, esp seeing that's its... More 

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Ladysmith, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2015

Drove & walked the village. Had lunch on the beach near the lagoon. Beautiful beach with very few tourists on it

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