Rio San Juan, Nicaragua

Tour Rio San Juan/ Nicaragua, 4 days, 3 nights, leaving from Costa Rica

This tour connects a diversity of nature adventures and visiting’s of historic settlements, with an extraordinary route.

The Rio San Juan reaches 220 km, from Lago de Nicaragua, till the Caribbean Sea. “Lake, river, sea”, three different water types and two nature reservations, - this makes the area of the San Juan so special. Of course it is not possible to explore the full diversity of this area in four days but it is our goal to show you the real and authentic Nicaragua by giving you insight in the lives of the locals living alongside the river area.

San Carlos, NicaraguaDay 1:

We will start early in the morning from la Fortuna. Our destination is los Chiles, a city next to the border of Nicaragua, we will make a stop at the Rio Frio, where you get a snack. In los Chiles you’ll leave Costa Rica officially, you get a seal in your passport and enter into the ferry. The ferry is a crowded, small motorboat with 50 seats.

The silent boat trip at the underflow of the Rio Frio will take around one hour, we will pass dark green jungles and we make an obligatory stop, at the first military base of Nicaragua. The small city San Carlos (SCN) is beautiful located at the Lago Cocibolca, Nicaragua’s biggest inland lake. San Carlos is a tiny, but crowded village, with a very positive development in the last year.

You will have enough time to enjoy a delicious lunch and have a walk around the lake pier before you enter the next boat. This time it will be a speed boat with the destination el Castillo.

In el Raudal del diablo (next to el Castillo) you will believe that the time has stopped: Children in dugout canoes and handcarts in paved roads. Your accommodation is the best hotel in the whole village; you can enjoy the great view from the terrace over the rapids with a fresh mixed cocktail.There is probably no better place to get fresh fish than here.

Tour Rio San Juan, Nicaragua

Day 2:

You will wake up to the nice morning melody of the chirping of the birds and the swooshing of the rapids.The destination for today is the Reserva Biológia Indio Maíz. Impenetrable jungle with a rich diversity of climbing plants, giant bamboo and the smooth Rio San Juan, creates a unique setting. Monkeys are jumping from tree to tree; Caimans are soothing in the sun. The tour through the jungle begins.
The guide will show you the most worthwhile destinations in the reserve. This place is one of the most protected areas in whole Nicaragua, there is only a narrow path that leads around the river bank. Rare animals nearby the bank can be observed; like sea cows, wild cats and the tapir.
In the afternoon you will have time to go to the stronghold of el Castillo  and explore the village while meeting the nice locals.

el Castillo de San Juan

Day 3:

This special day starts of course with a boat trip. But this time it will only be a short boat ride, as you will visit the farm of your host, which is close by. The Farm is an intelligent mixture of domestic agriculture and nature reservation. You will get a crash course in traditional farming and every visitor is allowed to plant his or her own tree. The farm owner will offer you horses for exploring the dark green back country if you like. If you are more in a relaxing mood however, you can lay down in one of several hammocks of the farm. You will be totally free of choosing how you would to enjoy your time.
The lunch will be in el Castillo. In the afternoon you can make a city trip through San Carlos with us where you will be able to see the gorgeous sunset at the Lago.

Day 4:

After a rich breakfast at the Malecón, we will start to head back to Costa Rica. At the border of Costa Rica the driver will help you with the last formalities.

el Castillo, Nicaragua

Transfer to the restaurant at the upper course of the Rio Frío, Lunch and transfer back to la Fortuna de San Carlos.

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