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Review of San Blas River

San Blas River
Ranked #4 of 16 things to do in San Blas
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Owner description: This long and winding river full of exotic birds and wildlife is the perfect backdrop for a water trip.
Reviewed April 15, 2013

If you want a local bird guide in San Blas, contact Francisco Garcia of Safaris San Blas. He speaks English, knows the birds well, is a dedicated conservationist,and will go all out to be a good host. His car is beat up, but will get you everywhere you need to go (and if he had more business, he could probably afford a new one!). One of the highlights: La Tovara boat tour at night. During our stay, he helped us see limpkins, macaws, parulas, magpie jays, owls, trogans, wood storks, snail kites, bare-throated tiger herons, blue-footed boobies, and so much more! He also helped us learn about local culture, including a local cooperative coffee plantation and the indigenous Huichols. We also got to meet his wonderful family. What a treat!

14  Thank Joan H
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Our recent visit to the little town of San Blas was very fun. What friendly people , delicious food ! The jejenes are there, wear bug repellant ! they like some people and don't bother others. 1/2 of our group is covered in bites, the other half had none.
The beaches in Mexico are full of vendors, be very careful of the ones offering "Henna". It is not henna, it is a dangerous black cheap chemical dye and can cause blisters, rash, scars and kidney and liver damage. Henna is brown and never black. The blisters will usually occur after about a week or more and you are already home. The vendors call it Aztec ink, but it is PPD. Look it up, don't take a chance of permanent bodily damage. Other than that , Mexico is fun and amazing.

2  Thank LauraLaRue
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

There are two main trips on the River San Cristobal, one to La Tovara (also spelled Tobara), the springs at the head of one of the tributaries and the other to the bird sanctuary. If your main interest is the bird life and other elements of the natural world, then you need to ask for Chencho, an old hand who speaks little English but knows all the names in English and can find the most elusive ones. If you really want to get the most out of the experience, seek out Mark Stackhouse who resides in San Blas (search the net for info) to go with you. Since the Sanctuary is not accessible except on a high tide, you need to plan ahead for that trip but not to go to La Tobara. As other reviewers have said, the trip to La Tobara terminates at the springs and can include a trip to the Croc farm and a swim in the well protected swimming area. Depending on which trip you take, there are some services. Check before you depart if this is important. Large crocs may be seen on these tours and at least 80 species of birds, including rails and species active at night in mangrove swamps. yes, there are bugs, but usually only at the departure point and if you stop on the river for a longer period of time. Also, if you go for the night birding, take extra clothing to fend off the cold of the night dew, depending on the time of year.

5  Thank Verna P
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Travelled with a guide to San Blas Alligator Farm ( it IS still open no matter what your tour agent tells you) and Fort at San Blas.
The gator tour is beautiful with lots of wildlife, a charming restaurant and swimming hole (gators kept out by a Mexican fence!) great for photo buffs and nature lovers.
Then on to village of San Blas, where the 300-year-old Fort has been restored and is full of fascinating facts, photos and archaeology of old Mexico.

2  Thank Karen F
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

Glad we took the two hour trip down this river. Wondfrful birds. A few crocodiles too!. Visit the crocodile reserve to see babies and their grandparents. Price is 700 pesos or about $50 US per boatload. Take bug spray on the journey. You will need it.

1  Thank elpavorealblanco
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