Today you will take a short boat ride to Sabalos, here you will stay in a lodge at the riverside – with balconies and hammocks overlooking the San Juan River.
The Río San Juan is an undiscovered paradise for nature lovers and fishermen; visitors to this part of the country can easily observe diverse wildlife and spectacular flora. Historically, the Rio San Juan region has played an important role in Nicaragua the zone was not only a place where pirates once roamed, but was also sought after by powerful nations as the original location considered for the Central American canal. In 1524, Hernán Cortés wrote to King Carlos I of Spain: ´He who possesses the Río San Juan could be considered the owner of the World. The Río San Juan begins in the immense Lake Nicaragua and runs roughly 200 kilometers before connecting with the Caribbean Sea. Halfway down the river the enormous IndoMaíz Reserve gives visitors the opportunity to see hundreds of different bird species, including toucans, eagles, herons, egrets, and cormorants. Other species such as caimans, turtles, monkeys, and tropical frogs are also abundant. The small and rustic city of San Carlos is the principal city of the region and the starting point for most excursions in the region. Here there is a small airstrip offering flights to and from Managua, Ometepe and San Juan del Norte. Visitors can access the Río San Juan from both Nicaragua and from Costa Rica, making use of the Los Chiles and Las Tablillas border crossing.
There are some optional activities – it is a great starting point for a kayak along the river.
Overnight at Sabalos Lodge.