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  • Day259

    Kayaking in The Mangroves

    April 17, 2016 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Our shoulders were sore from paddling surfboards, but we thought we could manage a kayak tour in the Padre Ramos Nature Reserve the next day. We followed our guide through farm fields, under mango and cashew trees, and out to the calm waters of the estuary, where we boarded a double kayak - a change from our usual 'single occupancy vehicles'. We paddled down a large channel past mangrove trees and various species of birds, then through a series of narrow channels that brought us to a small hill providing a view over the 8,800 hectare protected mangrove forest. We learned about the 3 species of mangrove trees and the few shrimp farms that operate within the protected area, then wiggled our way back out through the mangrove roots to the little rancho where we began. It's always fun to change modes of transport and landscapes so drastically, and we learned a lot too.Read more