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Juan Venado Island Excursion

Isla Juan Venado Nature Reserve is an important protected area in Nicaragua. It forms part of the country's national park system and is well-known as a vital coastal wetland region.

The stunning Juan Venado Island is situated just one hour away from León. Upon arrival at Las Peñitas beach, your guide will take you aboard your private motorboat for a two-hour boat ride. Considered a barrier island, Juan Venado measures just 22 km in length, with a width of just 0.5 km and total size of three hectares.

Separating the coast from the island is an ecologically important mangrove forest or swamp. This biological zone provides the ideal home for an abundance of animal life, particularly marine creatures. The Pacific-facing edge of Juan Venado possesses a fine estuary and is a vital nesting site for Olive Ridley sea turtles (from May to November).

The estuary of Isla Juan Venado is home to a huge diversity of fauna, including water birds, caiman, crocodiles, iguanas and crustaceans.

There are no people living on the island, so you are guaranteed complete peace and tranquillity in beautiful natural surroundings.

A good mosquito repellent is recommended during your time on the island.

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