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What are mangroves? Most people consider mangroves to be swamps; they are in fact, a wetland ecosystem formed by plants and animals that live where fresh water rivers empty into the ocean in tropical or subtropical regions.

In general, Mangrove forests filter out pollution, stabilize sediments, hold nutrients, protect the shoreline from erosion and provide food, nesting and nursery areas for many animals, including at least 220 fish species, 24 reptile and amphibian species, 18 mammal species and 200 bird species.

It’s been reported that the mangrove in La Manzanilla has as many as 200 resident American crocodiles. They are easily viewed from a platform at the southern end of the village. On occasion a few get washed out into the ocean during a storm surge, eventually they find their way back to mangrove. The mangrove of La Manzanilla has come under attack recently by a proposed development project. The citizens of La Manzanilla rallied together and were able to halt the project, at least for the time being.

Mangrove Tours– Interpretive birding tours through La Manzanilla mangrove are being offered and guided by Dave Collins. If you’ve never been through the mangrove before it’s a magical and educational journey into another world!

Minimum group size is 3 persons, and maximum is 15. To book, contact SUPlaneta. Tours are run in a paddle-powered “panga” boat (the guides do the paddling) from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. (this schedule may vary depending on time of year), and can be scheduled any day of the week as long as minimum group size is met.