Daily Travel Photo: Tasty Mutant River Shrimp

Rio San Juan Nicaragua River Shrimp

That’s not Lobster, it’s River Shrimp!

I had been looking forward to eating this. The Rio San Juan river is home to an interesting shellfish, the freshwater river shrimp. They are as big as small lobsters! Luckily I was able to find a restaurant in El Castillo that had some. Super tasty, and much easier to eat than lobster. Peel the shell of the tail and you get two giant pieces of meat!

Total Cost: $200 Cordobas ($10 US)

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Comments & Questions


  1. Nicaragua Meta Guide (@meta_guide_ni)
    January 10, 2012

    #ExpertVagabond: Daily Travel Photo: Tasty Mutant River Shrimp http://t.co/gAFIIQpd | travel lp

  2. Pat
    June 15, 2011

    Loved hearing about your motorcycle escapades. The seafood looks wonderful.

    • Matthew Karsten
      June 16, 2011

      It was! The river shrimp season was over (illegal to catch them at the time), I was lucky to find a place who still had a few.

  3. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures
    June 15, 2011

    WOW, that is huge!!!

  4. The Travel Chica
    June 12, 2011

    That looks incredible! I miss the cheap, fresh seafood.

  5. The Curmudgeon
    June 11, 2011

    It sounds good. The photo leaves something to be desired. The shrimp looks like an owl pellet and the other stuff, well, I’ve seen similar on the sidewalk at Plymouth University (PU for short). You need to have another meal, this time take the picture before you digest it. What did you have to drink?


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