Nicaragua Travel Guide:
Juan Venado Nature Reserve
The Juan Venado reserve protects part of an important coastal wetland corridor and can be visited in an easy day trip from León.
Nicaragua has 76 protected areas covering 18% of its land area, but only 15 of these are under active management. We would strongly encourage you to visit them: each and every visitor makes a difference and encourages greater commitment.
A 1 hour drive brings you to a local beach near Juan Venado Nature Reserve where you board a waiting motor boat to explore the reserve on an enthralling 2hr trip.
Isla Juan Venado is a narrow barrier island 22km long separating the ocean from the shore at a river estuary. Beyond the sandbar are important mangrove areas, and the estuary is home to an abundance of life including caiman, crocodiles, iguanas, crustaceans and other marine creatures.
Initial surveys have revealed 208 species of fauna in the reserve, 14 of which are red-listed.
The reserve includes an important nesting beach for the leatherback turtle, which is in danger of extinction. Olive Ridley turtles nest on the sand spit.
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