Best Eco-Lodges in Nicaragua – Rio Indio Eco-Lodge

The Rio Indio Eco-Lodge is truly a unique experience unlike any other in Nicaragua.  Rio Indio Lodge is located in the Rio Maíz National Park on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua near the Rio San Juan. 

Best Eco-Lodges in NicaraguaThe Rio Indio Lodge was a dream made reality by a group of North American, Nicaraguan and Costa Rican Investors. They had a vision of an environmentally conscious that would first create jobs for the local Rama Indians and then be a self-sustainable lodge.  Before even beginning construction a two year environmental impact study was done.

To get there you would take a flight from Managua to San Carlos where they would have someone meet you there and take you down the San Juan River to the lodge.  This eco resort is located in the middle of the thick Amazonian style jungle.  The thick and abundant wildlife is just outside the door to your room.  Activities include exotic fishing, bird watching, hiking and kayaking.  On the property alone there are over six kilometers of trails to explore.  You can hike part of the trail and then hop in the kayak and paddle downstream back to the lodge.  Once you get back there is a beautiful infinity pool to relax in during the afternoon.

In addition to the pool the facilities at the Rio Indio Lodge are amazing.  The building structures are made of beautiful wood, appropriate for its setting in the middle of the Nicaraguan jungle.  The rooms are simple yet beautifully decorated.  There are 27 wood cabins built on stilts to withstand the year round rain.  All the rooms have a deck where guests can relax, read a good book while they enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The lodge has a marina with three 25 foot ocean boats for offshore fishing.  Avid fishermen will love this place because they take tours on the boat to go fishing for Tarpon, Snook and Red Snappers.  They have all the equipment you would need to fish.  In addition to the three ocean boats they also have nine pangas (john boats) to do some fresh water fishing in the rivers.  Fish that can be caught in the river include Guapote, Mohara, and Machaca.  The fishing tours are lead by local Ramah Indians that are very familiar with the area.  They will take care of you and make sure you get all the fishing your heart desires.

Best Eco Lodge in Nicaragua

After a long day of fishing come back and enjoy a nice meal at the restaurant on site which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  There is also bar to enjoy some adult beverages.  The bar area has satellite television, DVD’s, pool table, board games and large, comfy sofas to relax on.  It’s a great place to hang out in after a long day outdoors.

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