Nicaragua's eastern region, particularly along the Río San Juan, is becoming a bird-watcher's mecca. Tennessee warblers, kingfishers, red macaw, and the yellow-chested oropendola are just some of the colorful residents you can spot while touring the area. The birdlife of the Solentiname Islands has inspired artists and a completely new primitivist art form, while the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Los Guatuzos on the southern shores of Lago Nicaragua lets you view tropical birdlife undisturbed while you float down a jungle river. The beautiful quetzal can be seen in much of the country, including Miraflor Nature Reserve in the northern highlands. Isla Juan Venado Wildlife Reserve west of León has abundant waterfowl, and Reserva Charco Verde on Isla de Ometepe provides an excellent opportunity to see hummingbirds and scarlet tanagers.

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