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Birdwatching in El Jaguar

Department: Jinotega

Municipality: San Rafael del Norte

Type: Birdwatching



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The Jaguar Private Wildlife Reserve gives national and international tourists the opportunity to observe a great quantity of birds, while hiking within a natural setting and fresh weather that is common to the mountainous area of North Nicaragua.

El Jaguar is situated inside a private farm, owned by the Duriaux Chavarria family, where the couple of Jorge and Lili will personally meet their guests.

Birds are the main focus of investigation at El Jaguar. The reserve was declared an Important Bird Area in 2006 by BirdLife International. Moreover, the area has been also declared a bird sanctuary by its owners.

An interesting aspect is that some young inhabitants of the area have gained experience with the identification and recognition of birds, in addition to research methods, thanks to the series of studies that had taken place since 2002. Therefore, young people participate in nature and bird watching tours.

The best time for bird watching is either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. There are several trails, varying in length from 800 to 1500 meters. The reserve’s entrance fee is US$10, and this includes a guide. The entrance fee is US$10 per person and includes a tour guide. The entrance to the reserve and the tour is included if visitors make a reservation to stay for a night or more at El Jaguar Hotel.

Getting There

Getting to: El Jaguar Private Natural Reserve

El Jaguar is situated 188 kilometers away from the city of Managua, taking the Jinotega-San Rafael highway. A path (to the right) on the same road will take tourists directly to the reserve (follow the signs). If the visitor chooses to get there independently, we recommend to use a 4x4 vehicle and take a look at the reserve's map.