Places in Río San Juan
San Juan de Nicaragua (San Juan del Norte)
Dripping wet and laid-back, one of the Americas’ oldest European cities feels like it’s on the edge of the world. There are wide streets but no cars; the restaurants have no signs. But it’s certainly not lazy or joyless. Fishers and boat builders work from morning to night, and they do not want for food, shelter or activity.
Reserva Biológica Indio-Maíz & the River Eastward
About 15 minutes downriver from El Castillo, after Costa Rica’s border tumbles down to the edge of the river’s southern bank, you’ll notice a smaller river flow into the jungle to the north. That’s the Río Bartola, which marks the boundary of Nicaragua’s second-largest tract of intact primary forest, the 2606-sq-km Reserva Biológica Indio-Maíz.
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