Discover the jungle of Nicaragua from Rio San Juan! The overwhelming nature in this area makes it a true paradise for nature lovers. The Rio San Juan River connects the immense Lake Nicaragua with the Caribbean Sea. Large areas along the river are protected nature reserves and you will also be able to spot many species of waterfowl, birds and fish!
The town of San Carlos is the regional capital and gateway to the rest of Nicaragua when you enter the country from Costa Rica. From San Carlos, you can also explore the San Juan river all the way down to the Caribbean Sea. In the town center, there are a few nice restaurants and on the new boulevard. Here, you can enjoy a refreshing drink while listening to local salsa music!
You will stay in a beautiful eco-lodge managed by a Nicaraguan family at the edge of the river bank. Your bungalow on stilts has its own bathroom, beds with mosquito nets and a hammock on the balcony from which you have a beautiful view over the river.
Sail to the nearby fortress in the town of El Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepción or rent a kayak and explore the tranquil tributaries of the Rio San Juan. From the hotel, you can also hike through the surrounding jungle. Visits to the nearby nature reserves Los Guatusos or Reserva Indio de Maiz are highly recommended. Here you can spot birds, monkeys and beautiful coloured poisonous frogs while walking through the untouched jungle!
The staff at the lodge was extremely hospitable and served us lunch when we arrived. We really enjoyed our stay there! One of the highlights of our stay was the jungle trip we made with Orlando (we even saw a crocodile and a sloth), this really made a great impression on us.
Sabalos Lodge is located right next to the river San Juan and here we were pampered and stayed in beautiful open cabinas with monkeys, birds and butterflies as our neighbours!
This trip is a real adventure, exploring the unspoiled territory. Tourism is still in its infancy here. A visit to El Castillo is highly recommended. Besides the fort and the chocolate tour, it is nice to just walk through the photogenic village. Do ask for the time schedule of the last boat back to your lodge.