The Rio San Juan links the Caribbean with Lake Nicaragua along Nicaragua's border with Costa Rica and a boat trip from San Carlos on the lake's edge to Bartola near the Caribbean coast is a fascinating trip through rarely visited parts of the country, exploring historical ruins and some beautiful natural scenery. The river was an important trade route between the Atlantic and Pacific before the Panama Canal opened and the El Castillo fortress was built by the Spanish to protect the route and deter attacks by pirates. Along the riverbank is virgin rainforest which can be explored in the Indio Maiz Reserve with resident animals including jaguar, mountain lion, tapir and howler monkeys as well as excellent birdwatching opportunities.
Travel to San Juan River Cruise
Organised group tours: Click here to see 6 tours to Nicaragua which may include San Juan River Cruise.