San Juan Del Sur

There's a spectacular petroglyph not far from town, depicting an enormous and elaborate hunting scene carved perhaps 1500 years ago. To find it, walk toward Rivas, passing the Texaco station, and make a left after the bridge. Pass a school and then a gate on your right. Continue to the old farmhouse; if anyone's around, you should ask permission to cross the land. Otherwise, follow the irrigation pipes to the river.

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3. Cristo de la Misericordia

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4. Playa El Coco

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5. Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Flor

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6. Iglesia San Francisco de Asis

12.61 MILES

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7. Iglesia Parroquial de San Pedro

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8. Museo de Antropología e Historia

12.82 MILES

If you have some time to kill in town, this 200-year-old house is the place to go. Inside you'll find some moth-eaten taxidermy, a wall of myths and…