Sailing the mangroves; birds, iguanas and a small crock!

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The little village

Reserva Natural Isla Juan Venado

The last of the four trips we did with Tierra Tours was a visit to the mangroves and the wildlife of Reserva Natural Isla Juan Venado which is situated next to the most well known beaches of Leon.

The trip was an early starter; it was possible to choose the trip in the afternoon but in their wintertime it is better to start in the morning due to the afternoon rain that often happens in the afternoon. It was also told to us that the birds were much more active in the morning.

We took off at 7 am, where we were picked up at the hotel by the driver and the guide for the day. It was a short drive to Las Penilas where we were greeted by the captain; a smiling guy who was big as a house and his son, who turned out to be an excellent bird and animal spotter. They were both extremely friendly and smiling all the time.

We sailed for 5-10 minutes before we were in the mangroves, already in the beginning we had a wonderful view. It was a great trip where we saw a lot of different birds and iguanas and a small crocodile. The trip lasted for 3 hours before we were back and the when very fast because we were bird spotting all the time.

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The little village
The little village
One of the beach houses
One of the beach houses
Making sure our boat is working
Making sure our boat is working
Making sure our boat is working
Making sure our boat is working
A fellow tourist looking for a boat
A fellow tourist looking for a boat
Glad it was not our boat they were…
Glad it was not our boat they wer…
Glad it was not our boat they were…
Glad it was not our boat they wer…
Glad it was not our boat they were…
Glad it was not our boat they wer…
Our guide with a mangrove seed
Our guide with a mangrove seed
Entering the mangrove
Entering the mangrove
Entering the mangrove
Entering the mangrove
An iguana
An iguana
In the mangrove
In the mangrove
In the mangrove
In the mangrove
In the mangrove
In the mangrove
In the mangrove
In the mangrove
In the mangrove
In the mangrove
In the mangrove
In the mangrove
Our captain
Our captain
Getting our boat ready
Getting our boat ready
Nice to know where we are
Nice to know where we are
A beach store that takes Mastercard
A beach store that takes Mastercard
Our waitress
Our waitress
Fishermen cleaning their catch
Fishermen cleaning their catch
Fishermen cleaning their catch
Fishermen cleaning their catch
Fishermen cleaning their catch
Fishermen cleaning their catch
The black voltures are waiting for…
The black voltures are waiting fo…
A pelican
A pelican
A grey pelican
A grey pelican
An iguana
An iguana
An iguana
An iguana
In the mangrove
In the mangrove
A fully loaded boat
A fully loaded boat
Alone again
Alone again
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
Collecting dead wood
Collecting dead wood
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
Birds - wow!
Birds - wow!
A bird getting closer
A bird getting closer
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
The captain and his son
The captain and his son
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
In the mangroves
A white heron leaving
A white heron leaving
A white heron
A white heron
A pink spoon heron
A pink spoon heron
Two white herons leaving
Two white herons leaving
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
White herons
Caught by the hand
Caught by the hand
White heron
White heron
White herons
White herons
White heron
White heron
The pink spoon stork
The pink spoon stork
Look a crock
Look a crock
Looks like a log to me
Looks like a log to me
In the mangrove
In the mangrove
Ohh - the made the other boat work
Ohh - the made the other boat work
Small thing on the quides shirt
Small thing on the quides shirt
Babs and me in the boat
Babs and me in the boat
Known as an Ugly bird to the locals
Known as an Ugly bird to the locals
Known as an Ugly bird to the locals
Known as an Ugly bird to the locals
The guide trying to hide
The guide trying to hide
A black volture
A black volture
The voltures at the leftovers from…
The voltures at the leftovers fro…
Back in town
Back in town
Happy kids
Happy kids
Bye
Bye
The village
The village
Fregatt birds - fab flyers
Fregatt birds - fab flyers
Fregatt birds - fab flyers
Fregatt birds - fab flyers
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photo by: Mortyzia