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Address: Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
05:00 - 17:00
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Great scenery and wildlife

We booked with el Peru at the recommendation of the Paraiso hotel. My wife felt she would not be able to paddle from Merida so the great thing for us was el Peru towed our kayaks... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kevin L
Cache Creek, Canada
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Cache Creek, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We booked with el Peru at the recommendation of the Paraiso hotel. My wife felt she would not be able to paddle from Merida so the great thing for us was el Peru towed our kayaks to the mouth of the river and we rode in the boat for no additional cost. Once we were in the kayaks our guide... More 

Thank Kevin L
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

A 4 hour round-trip kayak trip to the island's swamp where you can see birds, turtles and if you are lucky Cayman. A guide is not required, but will help you spot more wildelife.

Thank Ali D
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

A pleasant little kayak trip. If you like seeing turtles, caimans, monkeys, and birds, this is a good 3-hour tour to do.

Thank Neal W
Arlington, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

This was my favorite activity on the island. We launched from Merida which is one of the closest options to get to the mouth of the river. Some companies have tows to the mouth of the actual estuary, but we did the 45 minute-ish row to the opening. It allows us time to take in views of the volcano. Along... More 

Thank worktotravel14
Bamberg, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We started a little south of the creek and our cayaks were pulled over the lake. Even if we were not very lucky with the wildlife (no turtles, caymans or monkeys - we were there in the early morning), we can totally recommend this trip. You will experience nature at its best - very quiet and untouched.

Thank ChrisSatriani
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77 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

If you're planning to do the trip, definitely get some arm workout in ahead of time, it can be tough! We started about 50 minutes from the entrance to the river, and when we arrived it was quite shallow. Our guide was great and on the way in actually just pulled us along in our kayaks while he walked. There... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

The multiyear drought in Nicaragua /Central America has created many issues including the disappearance of over 100 rivers including this lush river eco-system. Locals told me that as soon as it rains the lake and river fills up and farmers will be happily planting their subsistence crops of rice. We took a horseback ride since we couldn't kayak. Our host... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

They told us the water level was low at hotel paraisio but when we went, the owner said we will have to walk a bit. We ended up kayaking the lake and walking the river part. So be careful when booking. If it hasn't rained in a while, don't bother.

Thank lil085
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

It's only a 5 minute drive from La Omaja to the huts on the beach where (for an extra $20 - totally worth it) a motor boat will shuttle you & tow the kayaks to the entrance of the Rio Istian estuary. This was our favorite excursion while on Ometepe! Since it was dry season, the river is a bit... More 

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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016

I did a kayak trip on Rio Isian in late January 2016. Water level was very low so I couldn't get very far up the wetland river area. It didn't matter too much to me as I just enjoyed being on Lake Nicaragua & between the 2 volcanoes. I know that some reviewers were disappointed when the water level was... More 

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