Joya Grande Zoo y Eco Parque, Santa Cruz de Yojoa

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#1 of 6 in Outdoors in Cortes Department
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  • The best plan to enjoy with family and friends, the care provided is excellent especially the Miss SOFIA, who is in charge of the rental cabins and trailers, I had the opportunity of staying in this last and it has the basic amenities, but it is a place to relax and forget about everyday life.
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  • Great place for interaction with animals; very didactic recommend it much... access if I think of should be improved, while the dirt of the road is not very good could at least fix it. Very nice environment there
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  • My sons charm les visit to the zoo never had seen many of the species there met us fascinated and again because it is very beautiful place...
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  • Well, the story goes that this zoo belonged to some drug lords, the government took it from them and they kept it open as per the people request, the charge is pretty cheap and you pay in Honduras money. If you're are in San Pedro Sula, it's like an hour and a half away, once you get off the highway the road becomes a little rough, you'll love the view and the people that live around it. Go comfortable and bring water, you'll be doing a lot of walking. Now, the animals here you'll only see them on TV or in this zoo, I mean they have animals that you only see at the Zahara, , Africa, Rocky Mountains, really exotic animals, like the white tiger, camels (at least 3 different types), hippopotamus, zebras, giraffes, tigers, lions, buffalo, dear, wilder beast, Pony Horses, Lots of Macaw with different colors and sizes, Peacocks walking around and in trees, panthers, cougars, I mean a lot of different and exotic animals. It seems since the government took over, the animals conditions are not the best according to the locals, this is a place for you to go and see the animals, don't expect much attention, they have kids area with pool and a few restaurants.
  • The Zoo Joya Grande (which stands for Big Jewel), lives up to its name. The access to the zoo is quite complicated and tiring, since you have to drive between 40 to 60 min in a narrow dirt road in bad condition. The best rout to get to the zoo is by Santa Cruz the Yojoa Town, and not by the recommendation of Google Maps (since that route, although is the shortest, it lacks of informative signs and the road is accesible only for 4x4 vehicles with 4WD. Once you get to the zoo, the tortuous trip is for got ten, as the facilites and entertainment are quite nice (I can take the courage to compare it with a Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but Honduras' version). The entrance to the zoo is US$ 10 for adults, US$ 8 for seniors, US$ 5 for children (5 to 11 years old), and children under 5 years is free. And yes, you can pay with Creditcards. There are many types of animals to see: ostrich, hippopotamus, tigers, lions, camels, birds, reptiles, etc. The zoo is no longer supported by the Honduras goverment. So the visitors entrance payment is the only support the zoo has for the maintenance and care of the animals. The Zoo Joya Grande deserves a 5 stars rating, but the conditions of access, make it get a 4 stars rating.
  • Relatively few animals but a lot of tigers born many of them in the zoo specially the white tigers, precious animals. And after you finish watching the animals, go to the pool, refreshing...!!!
  • Exelent zoo
  • Great Zoo, but not easy to get to.

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