Refugio de Vida Silvestre Río Escalante-Chacocente
Welcome to Refugio de Vida Silvestre Río Escalante-Chacocente
Much less visited than Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Flor, this wildlife refuge also gets arribadas (flotillas) of more than 3000 nesting olive ridley turtles at one time, as well as hawksbill, green and leatherback turtles, all of which make their nests here between July and December (peaking in August and September). The refuge protects 48 sq km of dry tropical forests and mangrove swamps, also home to such endangered birds as the great green macaw and the quetzal.
Marena (Nicaragua's Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources) runs a helpful biological station here where you can camp, grab a meal or sleep in hostel-style accommodations. A community tourism group, Cosetuchaco, organizes all manner of wildlife watching tours, from turtle viewing to looking for birds and monkeys by the Río Escalante hot springs.