Our 9 year old, Cooper, has been going to Bucerias with us since he was an infant. I vividly remember one summer when he was about six months old we had him down there and it was HOT! With sweat on his brow, he slept in his stroller as we tooled around. Restaurants brought fans over to cool him down (even in the evening). He is fortunate to have grown up with Bucerias as a second home as it has been for us.
As he got older, we began to explore the options for activities for kids and every year there are more available because of the growth of Bucerias and the Riveria Nayarit area in general.
I don’t know how it was that we had a home there for so many years and didn’t know about the Crocodile Sanctuary down the road. It’s probably because it’s truly off the beaten path. In fact, you could easily blow by the discreet sign for Santuario de Cocodrilos El Cora on the oceanside of Hwy 200, south of Bucerias.
Getting there is not for the faint of heart, especially if it’s during the rainy season, in which case I recommend a 4 wheel drive or car that’s higher up to navigate the intimidating puddles that can be there. It’s 3 kilometers down a very challenging dirt road with large potholes. We had tried to drive there the year before and turned around in our standard vehicle…but l
ast summer a taxi driver took us there and he seemed unfazed (probably has made the drive a few times).
The excursion was well worth it. We saw crocodiles of all sizes and learned about their efforts to protect them. The tour guide spoke English fairly well and his passion for the animals shined through. The animals live in a natural environment and the
caretakers pay close attention to the balance of the ecosystem. We learned about crocodile behaviors, saw large crocodiles being fed raw chicken and both held a baby crocodile (mouth secured shut of course). There were turtles and other injured animals being rehabilitated.
The tour was 150 pesos per person and about 1 1/2 hours. One the highlights of Cooper’s entire trip last summer was holding the baby crocodile. He talked to his friends at home about it for days.
The past few summers it’s been important to me to find activities in the Riviera Nayarit area that are fun for him but also educational. Santuario de Cocodrilos El Cora was just one of my discoveries.
It’s located right off of Mexico highway 200, just south of the Flamingos Golf Club, marked by a giant white golf ball on top of a tee. Look for a small sign showing a drawing of a crocodile along with the words “Cocodrilario El Cora”. Turn down here to get onto a 2-3 km dirt road leading you to the sanctuary.
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