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San Carlos, at the center of Nicaragua's Rio San Juan region, is the best place to organize a guided tour for outlining areas. Through one of the local tour guides, you can plan a trip along the river, to the nearby towns of Boca de Sabalos or El Castillo, or to the islands of Solentiname.

The area is well known for its flora and fauna and contains several wildlife reserves, such as Refugio de Vida Silvestre Los Guatuzos. There are a variety of tour companies in San Carlos, where you can arrange either a day trip or an extended journey to surrounding tourist attractions.

Ryo Big Tours offers five different types of tours, to all of the aforementioned destinations, and their guides will even take you as far as San Juan de Nicaragua, a tranquil and intimate village on the Atlantic Coast with an interesting history. Tours are all-inclusive and range from three days and two nights for $240.00 per person to six days and five nights for $370.00. Across from the Movistar store, near the port. Tel: 505-828-8558/ 505-644-5938, E-mail:

Other tour companies include: Ortiz Tourist Services, which provides private transportation to any areas of the region. Costs vary from $20-$70. One block south of the Cristo Rey School. Tel: 505-583-0039/ 505-839-2878.

Tropic Tours, next to the Marena, has all-inclusive trips to Solentiname and along the river for around $15.00. Tel: 505-583-0010, E-mail:

For the nature lover, Hotel Cabinas Leyko offers tours from San Carlos that feature horseback riding, bird-watching and guided hikes. Tours last from one to two days and cost between $20 and $30.

By Dyani Makous
Dyani Makous has a B.F.A. in writing and a minor in Photography from Emerson College. She is currently living in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, working...
09 Mar 2009

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