The Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve is one of the most ecologically important natural areas in Nicaragua and is one of the largest mangrove estuaries left in Central America. With more than 175 species of birds, 3 species of sea turtles, iguanas, conch, mollusks, crabs, caimans, crocodiles, butterflies, tubeworms, and fish galore, this protected wildlife sanctuary is also a nature lover’s paradise. One of the least discovered traveler’s destinations in Nicaragua, the Estero Padre Ramos offers a special destination for sea kayakers and travelers who prefer to venture “off the beaten track”.
* The Padre Ramos Nature Reserve includes more than 22,500 acres (9000 hectares) of mangrove forests, mudflats, sandy beaches, rocky reef, and estuarine waters, measuring between 3 to 5 miles across and 18 miles long.
* The Estero’s shoreline is home to approximately 150 dispersed families who rely on the local natural resources for their livelihoods. Fishing, clamming, and harvesting wood is crucial to the survival of these rural communities.