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Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve

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Las Penitas, Nicaragua
+505 8772 6728
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

You can take a kayak and go 3 hours around the mangroves and arrive to the turtle nursery. The local indigenous community takes care of them and releases the turtles at sunset. Really magical experience, even better when is turtle season. I recommend it.

Thank KevinY1543
Reviewed 8 March 2018

We rented kayaks from Barca de Oro and paddled to San Juan Venado island via the estuary. It took about 45 minutes to kayak to the point where there is a small dock and a path across the island to the turtle sanctuary. We went...More

Thank travelflowers
Reviewed 17 February 2018

My friends and I toured the reserve- saw crocodiles, iguanas, so many bird species that if you are a birder, you will like this spot even more than I did (and I liked it so much I'd like to go again.) Our guide knew where...More

2  Thank MarzUSA
Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

My friend and I meandered onto the bluffs to watch sunset. We got another addition in watching the local fisherman pulling their fishing lines. Mother Nature did not disappoint. Epic views from high above on the jagged rocks. The best part was that it was...More

Thank brendabeachbum
Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

We spent about 3 hours on Antonio’s boat going through the mangrove. We saw a lot of different type of birds, also iguanes and crocodiles. Antonio knew where to look. We spent a great time and took excellent pictures. A must for the nature lovers.

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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Beautiful, plenty of birds, stunning scenery, quiet. Too bad we missed the baby turtles by days! Guides are good but little English!

Thank David B
Reviewed 18 January 2018

Did the 3pm tour and saw quite a few crocodiles, porcupine, iguana and many different species of beautiful birds. Remember to bring sun screen and bug spray as you will be returning just when the sun is setting.

Thank tequilawitch
Reviewed 11 January 2018

Went on a birdwatching trip with Moises Orozco into the Nature Reserve. Very nice trip with an excellent guide. He knew the birds very well and took his time to show us everything interesting. Wide variety of birds including a resting nightjar at a cloose...More

Thank JFswe
Reviewed 6 January 2018

We took a boat trip through the reserve yesterday with Moses Orozco as our guide. Very friendly and knowledgeable. We counted 48 spp of birds including hard to spot nocturnal birds like Northern Pootoo, Rufous Nigthjar and Boat Billed Heron. We also saw Ibis, Spoonbill...More

Thank Jerry R
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Great place to see wild life. The reserve entrance staff are friendly and arranged a boat tour to see the baby turtles.

Thank DonKKer
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