Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve, Chinandega Department

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The Padre Ramos Estuary Natural Reserve is located on the northwest Pacific coast of Nicaragua, in the municipality El Viejo in the department of Chinandega. It is one of 78 protected areas of Nicaragua and is managed by Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources . Estero Padre Ramos consists of a large mangrove estuary surrounded by several small beach communities, the largest of which is the town of Padre Ramos. The area's natural environment is home to a number of species of migratory and resident birds, fishes, crustaceans, sea turtles and other wildlife. While increasing in popularity as a tourist destination, tourism remains relatively well controlled in the area.Information on the ReserveEstero Padre Ramos Natural Reserve was declared as a protected area on September 9, 1983. The Reserve encompasses approximately 92 km2 of coastal ecosystems. The estuary is among the most pristine ecosystems along Nicaragua's Pacific coast, and consists of a number of lagoons and inlets, which are dominated by large tracts of mangroves. Other eco-types include mudflats, sandy beaches and rocky reefs. A number of small communities border the estuary and local people benefit from the area’s high natural resource abundance. The area also hosts livestock rearing, shrimp farming and agricultural activities.Critical Hawksbill Sea Turtle HabitatEstero Padre Ramos is also one of two primary hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) nesting habitats in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The hawksbill is one of only three sea turtle species listed as Critically Endangered (CR) on the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. In the eastern Pacific Ocean, the species is extremely rare and as recently as 2007 most researchers thought hawksbills had been completely eliminated in this region of the world.
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  • well this beach is quite frequented by the inhabitants of the area since it is quite far from here of matagalpa I had the opportunity to know it is very quiet it has a Bay at the entrance as a Gulf of freshwater and then one crosses the very attractive sea there are places s of entertainment during the Holy week
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  • It is a place where you can surf and give it back a few meters you can do kayak is awesome I love how come waves of three different points and the island of in front uhh is a sin if you and not the visits! in this place for your cows following list... arrive with an all-terrain is faster on the road is a little poor
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  • My husband and I truly enjoyed our tour of the Padre Ramos Estuary by canoe, a highlight of our trip in Nicaragua and of our stay in Jiquilillo. Our tou, arranged by Rancho Esperanza, included our Eng...  more »
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