Day 1: Welcome to Nicaragua and transfer to Granada
On your arrival at the airport in Managua (MGA), a taxi driver will transfer you to the hotel to check-in and rest after your flight. Transfer time 5m approx.~ Overnight at Hotel Camino Real 3* sup for one night – 1 Standard room. Meals: None
Day 2: Transfer to San Carlos and boat to Mancarron Island, Solentiname Islands
Early in the morning, our driver will meet you at the lobby of your hotel for a transfer by land to San Carlos, the economical hub of the Rio San Juan area. On the way to San Carlos, you will see the countryside landscape and rural areas, mainly dedicated to raise cattle. Transfer time: 4.5 hours approx. Upon arrival in San Carlos, a representative from our company will meet you and take you to the docks where you will board a public boat (1.5 hours ride approx.) that navigates in Lake Nicaragua until reaching the Solentiname Archipelago, a cluster of 36 islands near the southern corner of sprawling Lake Nicaragua with lush vegetation… Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel Mancarron 1* rustic for one night – 1 Standard room. Meals: B, D
Day 3: RAMSAR Wetland Guatuzos Reserve and boat to San Carlos and El Castillo
Early morning departure. Leave the archipelago and go the RAMSAR wetland Guatuzos and tropical river Papaturro. This reserve protects 43,750 hectares of wetlands and rain forest. Nicaraguan biologists consider it the cradle of life for the lake, thanks to its importance as a bird nesting site and critical links in the area’s complex ecological chain. More than 12 rivers cross the reserve with the most popular wildlife-viewing river being the Río Papaturro. You will discover the flora and fauna of the Biological Papaturro environment. At the end of the tour, you will return to your hotel to enjoy lunch. Duration: 2 hours approx. ~ Difficulty: Easy Following lunch, we will transfer you back to San Carlos. Once in San Carlos’ docks we will get you in another boat (3 hours ride approx.) that navigates in the Rio San Juan to the small yet historic town of El Castillo, surrounded by nature and witness of many interesting stories of pirates and buccaneers… Overnight at Hotel Luna del Rio 1* for two nights – 1 Standard room. Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Indio Maiz Natural Reserve and visit to El Castillo town & Fortress
Early in the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel to go to explore the exuberant nature of the Indio Maiz Natural Reserve. We’ll navigate in the Rio San Juan until we reach Indio Maiz Natural Reserve, where we will go for a 2 hours’ approx. hike following the Bartola River. During this visit, you will be ab le to observe a vast variety of monkeys and an enormous diversity of migrating birds, such as eagles, falcons, blue jays, herons, aigrettes among other mammals and frogs. Return to the hotel by boat to enjoy an early lunch. Duration: 3 hours approx. ~ Difficulty: Easy In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing visit to the town of El Castillo. Learn from your local guide about the way of living in this small town. During the tour, you will also visit the El Castillo Fortress, with the impressive name “La Fortaleza de la Inmaculada Concepción de María”. It was built by the Spaniards to protect the city of Granada from the English pirates. Even the famous Lord Nelson tried to conquer it! In addition, enjoy great aerial views of both sides of the river. Make sure to make lots of photographs of this unforgettable place! Duration: 1.5 hours approx. ~ Difficulty: Easy Overnight at Hotel Luna del Rio 1* – 1 Standard room. Meals: B, L, D
Day 5: Boat transfer to San Carlos and transfer to Granada
This morning, continue back San Carlos with a public boat. On arrival, our driver will meet you at the docks for a private transfer by land to Granada, the Jewel of the Nicaraguan Cities! 5 hours approx. Overnight at Hotel Patio del Malinche 2* sup for one night - 1 Standard room. Meals: B
Day 6: Transfer to Managua Airport
Depending your flight schedule, our driver will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and will transfer you to the international airport in Managua to take your flight back home. Transfer time 45 minutes approx.~ Extension to the beach and other areas of the country are available. Please enquiry for more information! Come back soon to sunny Nicaragua!
RIO SAN JUAN ADVENTURE
Lodging at mentioned hotels or similar.
Door to door transportation as per itinerary on days 1, 2, 5 and 6.
Water transfer in Rio San Juan & Lake Nicaragua on days 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Tours and activities as per itinerary on days 3 and 4 with bilingual local guide.
Lunch on days 3 and 4 / Dinner on days 2, 3 and 4.
Passenger taxes at borders/airports.
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