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El Refugio de Potosi

Camino Los Achotes a Barra de Potosi, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico
+52 755 557 2840
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Ranked #8 of 32 Activities in Zihuatanejo
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: Now closed.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Unfortunately, we didn't get to visit. We drove there yesterday around noon and it was closed. There were no hours posted, so hard to know when it is open. Driving tip: If coming from the beach (Barre de Potosi) it is easy to miss as there were no signs coming from that direction and the large stone entrance faces the... More

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Portland, Oregon
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Our visit here was very interesting - we learned about local animals and insects with a number of opportunities to touch and hold the animals. The view from the tower was excellent. I think the key thing we felt good about was supporting an organization that is doing educational outreach to local schools. They are closed for ~4 months a... More

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Reno, Nevada, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

El Refugio de Potosi is truly amazing. They've carved out a little niche in the jungle where they take in, care for, rehabilitate (where possible), and educate the public about wild animals in the region. Staff are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their work. We had the opportunity to snuggle a kinkajou, pet young coatamundi, hold a baby crocodile, and... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We spent Sunday morning at the refuge and could not have been happier with our experience. You see the animals close up and learn about the important mission of this refuge on a fun guided tour. Our daughter (who loves animals) became ill on the tour and they could not have been nicer or more accommodating (finding her shade, drinks,... More

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Seattle, Washington
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Our local friends took us to this wonderful place. Laurel Patrick, the founder and inspiration behind this little jewel has put together a refuge for lost animals and a place to teach the locals the importance of the environment. She has several animals, carefully maintained and cared for, which are donated. Now she has a kinkajou, coatis, injured hawks and... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

My son and I had a wonderful visit at El Refugio del Potosi. We took the bus from Zihua, getting off in Los Achotes and then jumped on the back of a flat bed truck for the last couple of miles. Thankfully the truck had a canvas top. The trip there was an adventure in itself. This is a pretty... More

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West Linn, Oregon
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55 reviews 55 reviews
4 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

At the time of our visit, this Refugio was open Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays from 10-5. This is an amazing project and we spent a very enjoyable couple of hours here. We saw turtles, huge and multiple iguanas, coatamundi, snakes large and small, the gorgeous macaws, the porcupine, spiders, insects, and many other birds of prey. They have constructed an... More

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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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114 reviews 114 reviews
17 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We got a lift to the refugio again this year and was able to spend some more time there. This was mostly spent in front of the hummingbird feeders again. Cost is $6 US and will include a tour with a knowledgable, English-speaking tour guide. Only open certain days of the week - check their website. Lots of different parrots... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

There are many special creatures at El Refugio de Potosi but this post is meant for hummingbird lovers like myself. Oh my goodness...to be surrounded by dozens of hummingbirds hovering so close by you are nearly deafened by their whirring wings...I was blissfully mesmerized by the swarm of hummingbirds all aflutter around me in just a little corner of this... More

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Langley City, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Our visit to Potosi was part of a day-long trip to several attractions in the area. 60 pesos per person admission and a staff member accompanied us to answer questions and show us the animals (for a tip just like everywhere else in Mexico). Personally, I'm not a big fan of looking at animals and birds in cages although my... More

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