The Archipelago of Solentiname on the southern end of Lake Nicaragua is a true gem. Los Guatuzos Wildlife Refuge on Solentiname has beauty, history and more that makes it an attractive tourist destination in Nicaragua.
The easiest way to get to Solentiname is by boat from the town of San Carlos where Lake Nicaragua and the Rio San Juan meet. There are several boats that go from San Carlos to Solentiname. Another option is hire your own private boat to take you to the island. The boat ride can be as quick as 30 minutes and upon arriving to Los Guatuzos Ecological Center you can get settled in. Hotel options on the island are limited but Los Guatuzos Wildlife Refuge lodging rates per night start at $11 per person. They also serve delicious Nicaraguan meals that will cost about $5. Once you get settled in there are numerous activities to enjoy including
- Bird watching
There are several tours for visitors to participate in. Tours include the Guatuzos Path which is a walk through the caiman nursery, meteorological station, turtle nursery, butterfly farm and orchid garden. There is also a night tour where visitors can witness some of the nocturnal wildlife. The kayaking tours are a real treat because you get to paddle around the different parts of the island see the wildlife from a different point of view. The wildlife on the island is unbelievable and has been greatly preserved. Bird watchers love to come to Los Guatuzos Wildlife Refuge because of the diverse population of birds that can be found on the island. One of the highlights of the area is hiking across a 150 meter hanging bridge where you are literally in the middle of the jungle. There is nothing artificial about this island and the experience visitors have when they come to see it.
What to bring
Light rain jacket for rain season
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