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Naturereserve ‘Isla Juan Venado’

Isla de Juan Venado Nature Reserve is the perfect introduction to the beauty of Nicaragua’s pristine mangrove forest ecosystems. By kayak or motor boat, swim and watch the many animal species that make this nature reserve their home.

Most frequently we visit Isla Juan Venado on four-hour trips.  The starting time depends on the low tide, since wild life is more active near the main canal and increases the chances of watching crocodiles. We also go on longer expeditions for those who wish a stronger paddling workout or camping trips to walk at night and witness a sea turtle nesting and laying eggs. Sadly, very few of the fantastic creatures will live long enough to complete a journey that has brought them to the Nicaraguan coast for millions of years. 

Isla de Juan Venado Nature Reserve is fragile; there is human populations in both north and south ends, and a few poachers coming in at night from the east side have increased the probability of extinction of already endangered species. The Monkey Republic together with Journey NicaraguaGreen PathwaysRigo’s Guest House and Barca de Oro will plant 5000 mangrove trees and support the community organised sea turtle hatchery in Salinas Grandes.

Please contact us for a tailor-made tour that fits your time and wishes.