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Address: Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

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We toured the Rio Istian in the low season. It was great none the less. The kayak tour we took was recommended by our hotel "Finca del Sol" the tour took 3 hours. 1 hour of which... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We toured the Rio Istian in the low season. It was great none the less. The kayak tour we took was recommended by our hotel "Finca del Sol" the tour took 3 hours. 1 hour of which was at high noon on open water against the current. I was hot. We mostly saw birds. The locals were washing clothes on... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

We went kayaking as it was recommended by the hotel. They arranged everything for us, the taxi, the equipment rental, the boat. We were staying in Playa Santo Domingo and the whole thing took approximately 2:30 from the time we left the hotel and came back. We took the boat which will take you, on the lake, to the river.... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is a must if you go to Ometepe and like bird and animal watching! We used Caballeros del Mar in Mérida to rent a 2 place kayak with a guide and for $20 more, a boat that pulled the kayaks to the mouth of Istiam, which was well worth as we are not athletes and paddling all the way... More 

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Los Gatos, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This "river" (actually it is wetlands, is a home for a large number of birds and some monkeys too. The 2 hour guided kayak trip gave a slow moving opportunity to enjoy the water, trees and flowers, birds, monkeys, and occasional local fishermen. It's relatively expensive (including the taxi ride over) but worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Took a ride out to El Peru and went down a small road that had a kayaking sign posted at it. The guide, Edguard was extremely polite and friendly (and spoke English). You can take a motor boat out to the river and then kayak or just kayak from his spot to the river in about 15-20 minutes. The life... More 

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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

If you're into paddling this is worth it. We were happy to finally reach the mouth of the river and enter into it's serene mystical fauna. We saw quite a bit of wildlife, birds, turtles, monkeys and 2 caiman. It was the beginning of dry season so the caiman aren't as easily found. I loved the vegetation and quietness....Our guide... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The river is quite scenic but we did not manage to see any wildlife as the locals had advertised us. We manage to see monkeys in a finca in san Domingo beach instead.

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Malmo, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I walked from hotel Xalli about 7 km away. You can rent a bike but the road is very bad so the gain is small with a bike. At playa Istian you can rent a Kayak and visit Isla Ometepes most beatuful areas! I did see several kingfishers and herons. There is also extraordinary landscape views from the volcano and... More 

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Juneau, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Dry season - so the paddling was along the lake shore. Then we got out and walked and watched birds. We had taken a local's advice and hired Noldan as our guide. He really knows the birds! This was a pleasant outing.

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windham, me
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This was the highlight of my trip to Nicaragua. In a country where wildlife is scarce this was a breath of fresh air. I'm a bird lover so naturally I was in my element. The guides were pretty good at identifying the animals, although he did call a spoonbill a flamingo, and caimens alligators (forgivable) he was spot on about... More 

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