This was after he had tickled the tail of a 35-year-old, five-metre-long croc with gaping jaws. This was under the watchful eye of the croc’s minder, a young veterinary student doing a practicum at El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary just south of Bucerias.
As tourist attractions go El Cora is pretty run down. It languishes in croc and snake-infested jungle at the end of about four kilometres of bad dirt road and can only be reached by taxi. A one hour tour costs $200 pesos a head and it is worth every peso.
You will see much more than crocs … coati mundi, macaws, turtles, iguanas, mangrove swamps.
Bring the grandkids.