Rio San Juan

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WELCOME TO Rio San Juan

This wonderfully authentic corner of Nicaragua is marked by the Rio San Juan, a vast river winding through country from its source at Lake Nicaragua to the Caribbean Sea.

Since its heyday in the 16th century, this waterway has made its mark as an important trade route, heaving mercenaries, pirates and explorers along a 200 km route.

Today life is somewhat quieter on the river. Civilisation comes in the form of tiny riverside towns, dotted with colourful stilt houses along the riverbanks. There are still no cars here and everything comes and goes by river, ensuring Rio San Juan remains an important artery through the heart of Nicaragua.

Along much of its course, the river is bordered by the vast natural reserve of the Indio Maíz, more than 3,180 square metres of primary rainforest – much of which remains unchartered. Adventures into the jungle are a must for spotting sloths, iguanas, numerous species of birds and tree frogs no bigger than a thumbnail.

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As night falls in these wild parts, the distinction between sky, land and river becomes blurred as darkness creeps in and fireflies drift around like roaming constellations.

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