Welcome to Río San Juan
Surging purposefully through rolling green hills, thick jungle and dense wetlands on its irrepressible march to the Caribbean, the Río San Juan forms much of Nicaragua's natural border with Costa Rica and is today a slowly developing traveler destination popular with those who enjoy wildlife-watching, hiking and kayaking. Once the domain of indigenous traders, Spanish conquistadors, British pirates, gold-hunting travelers and even Mark Twain, this river has history in bucketloads. Follow their example and penetrate the vine-hung wilderness of jaguars and macaws that is the Reserva Biológica Indio-Maíz, troll for tarpon, search for alligators in the moonlight and then make a toast to your adventures while overlooking the remains of a 16th-century Spanish fort. All of which will cost you. But it’s worth it to fully experience this spectacular and unforgettable waterway.