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Juan River wildlife Safari

bird watching on San Juan RiverThe San Juan River marks the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The Nicaraguan side of the San Juan River Basin remains wild and natural compared to Costa Rica, where large areas have been 'domesticated'. This short adventure is a great opportunity to explore this watery jungle environment, which is excellent for wildlife observation. This is a short break for adventurers, bird and wildlife watchers. Accommodations are clean and safe, but very rustic.

Our first stop will be the frontier trading town of San Carlos. From there we travel east along the river to the town of Sabalo. The highlights of this river journey are the visit of the 300 year-old Spanish fortress with fantastic views of the River, an excursion to the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve, one of the most diverse in Central America, and a wildlife observation tour by canoe down little Bartola River, surrounded by lush rainforest and teeming with birds and wildlife. El Castillo is a small, colorful village that is best explored on foot to discover its little streets and alley-ways. Accommodation is provided by Sabalos Lodge, a simple but charming jungle lodge located just on the edge of the river.

Day 1: Managua - San Carlos - Sabalo's Lodge

Sabalo LodgeTransfer from your hotel in Managua to the airport at 7.30am. Flight from Managua to San Carlos. Upon arrival in San Carlos, a driver will be waiting for you to bring you to the port and from there to your lodge by public boat. As you leave civilization behind the river soon turns into a real jungle waterway. Even on this journey you should be able to spot many species of birds and animals.
Accomodation: Hotel Sabalo's Lodge
Meals included today: dinner

Day 2: Indio Maiz Reserve - El Castillo

Private excursion to Indio Maiz Reserve with your local (Spanish speaking) guide. On the way back you will visit El Castillo, a charming river town, where you will have your lunch. El Maiz is the most extensive primary forest reserve in Central America - just a few square kilometers here house more species than can be found in all of Europe. It is a veritable biodiversity hotspot and a paradise for naturalists.
Accomodation: Hotel Sabalo's Lodge
Meals included today: breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Sabalo's - San Carlos

Private transportation to San Carlos where you will catch your flight back to Managua.
Meals included today: breakfast

Rates per person -2016/2017

valid through October 31, 2017 1 pers. 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 - 5 pers. Additional night
Single Room US$ US$ US$ US$ US$
Double Room - US$ US$ US$ US$
Triple Room - - US$ US$ US$

Recommended gear: Light clothes, rain jacket, flashlight, comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, mosquito repellant.
Departure: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, land transfer available every day
Direct boat-transfer from and/or to Los Chiles/Costa-Rica available.

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Not included services:

Flight schedule (subject to change without prior notice)
- Managua – San Carlos :
Departure 12:00 noon (only Thursday and Sunday)
- San Carlos – Managua :
Departure 02:25 pm (only Thursday and Sunday)

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