Daily Travel Photo: Tasty Mutant River Shrimp


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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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  • The Curmudgeon

    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?

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com Matthew Karsten

      The local beer Tona of course!

  • The Travel Chica

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

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    WOW, that is huge!!!

  • Pat

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

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com Matthew Karsten

      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.

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