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Juan River and Solentiname

Wildlife Watching in the Rio San Juan Basin - howler monkeyThe 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. Accommodations are clean and safe, but very basic.

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, which is surrounded by luxuriant rainforest, with abundant birds and wildlife. El Castillo is a small, colorful village, that can be discovered by walking and exploring its little streets and alleys.

We will continue our tour traveling up to the great 'Lake Nicaragua', where we will explore the "Guatuzos" Natural Reserve and the tranquil Solentiname Islands, an archipelago of 30 islands, where we will visit local painters and artisans.

Accommodation is provided by Sabalos Lodge, a simple but charming jungle lodge located just on the edge of the river surrounded by tropical vegetation.

Rio San Juan and Solentiname (4 Days / 3 Nights)

Sabalo Lodge - Rio San Juan

Day 1: Managua - San Carlos - Sabalo's

Transfer from your hotel in Managua to the airport at 7.00am. 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.
From there we move east along the river in public boat to reach Sabalos Lodge. It’s very important to consider that this tour is only recommended for those looking for adventure and not looking for comfort as the lodging conditions are quite basic.
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

Sunset over Solentiname Islands

Day 3: Sabalo's - San Carlos - Los Guatuzos - Solentiname

Private transportation to San Carlos and then towards the "Guatuzos" Natural Reserve where you can explore the forest on a hanging bridge walk. Entrance fees and lunch included. Finally we will continue our journey to the tranquil Solentiname Islands where we will visit local painters and artisans whose primitive folkart has gained worldwide recognition.
Accomodation: Cabaña Paraíso Lodge
Meals included today: breakfast and lunch

Day 4: Solentiname - San Carlos

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

Rates per person valid 2017/2018

1 pers 2 pers. 3 pers. 4 - 5 pers. Additional night
Single Room US$ US$ US$ US$ US$
Double Room   US$ US$ US7 US$
Triple Room   - US$ US$ US$


Flight schedule: (subject to change without notice)
Managua – San Carlos :
Departure 12:00 noon (daily, except Tuesday and Saturday).

San Carlos – Managua :
Departure 12 noon, Thursdays and Sundays

Recommended gear: Light clothes, rain jacket, flashlight, comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, mosquito repellant.
Departure: Daily except Tuesdays and Saturdays
P#1+ for additional night at Albergue.
Native Fishing tour available (Tarpon, Robaló...)
Direct boat-transfer from and/or to Los Chiles/Costa-Rica available.

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