Trip down the historic San Juan River in Nicaragua: Part One: San Carlos El crutches

Deep in the most remote parts of Central America, the largest tropical freshwater lake in America, Lake Kasibolka, who also is Lake Nicaragua, you will find a river that even today, in the XXI century, with the & # 39 is one of the most inaccessible areas of the western hemispheres & # 39; i. . The river, known as the San Juan River, the length of 120 km (200 km) and is born in the south-east of this huge lake. Here you will find the city of San Carlos, the capital of the remote department of Rio San Juan, which functions as a distribution center for all the cells that are located along the river. Roads end in San Carlos, and from that outpost only way to travel along the river by boat. A busy marina – this is the point where the fly and sent to the different boats that travel along the San Juan. San Carlos – last chance in this part of Nicaragua, get the money from your credit or debit card. The town has several banks, and they both have an ATM, so make sure you get some money, and if possible, get a small account as soon as you get into the more remote places in the San Juan River, you will not be able to get cash or get change from large bills.

The main communities along the river with a & # 39 are Boca de Sabalas El crutches and the delta of the rivers, the San Juan de Nicaragua, and San Juan del Norte and Greytaun.

Travel from San Carlos to San Juan de Nicaragua can be a day trip in the unique long boat, which can accommodate up to 60 passengers and a full 12-hour journey. The best way to do this trip – to break it in two trips: one day from San Carlos to El Castillo and the second day of the El crutches in San Juan de Nicaragua. Before heading out to this unique and memorable trip, make sure you come to the schedule when running fast boat.

Let me explain myself: there are two different types of boats; fast boat and a slow or an ordinary boat. The first takes half the time it takes a conventional boat, and will make a difference in how enjoyable your trip will be. Fast boat runs daily between San Carlos and El Castillo, and usually have 2 daily trips, the latter is sent to the 3.30 days. The trip takes about one and a half hours, and there is a short stop on the way to Boca de Sabalos, which is about 2/3 of the way along the route. It will be interesting, that as soon as you go, mate sends a list in which asked to write down their name, nationality, certificate number and date of birth. It is in fact manifest that they really will transmit to the authorities. For each stop there is a new official passenger manifest to be filled! More "tourist" area of ​​the river begins in Boca de Sabalas. This is an area which is famous for tarpon fishing in, and you will pass along a few houses and taverns that specialize in fishing packages, such as Hotel Sabalos, Sabalos Lodge and Montecristo Lodge. Your boat may even stop there on the way, if these houses will be some guests.

If you arrive in El Kastylo, where you will disembark and spend the night, you will see a castle on a hilltop. This is a historic site where Nicaragua held a few fights to protect its sovereignty. The town actually grew up around the castle and a & # 39 is truly unique community: the only way you can reach it by boat, for him there are no roads and highways leading to it. In the city there is no cars, no motorbikes, so it's really a city for pedestrians. The community is spread along the banks of the river, and most hotels and restaurants are also located directly on the river. There are several different hotels where you can stay here; the best of the & # 39 are the Victoria Hotel and the Hotel Luna del Rio. You should plan to spend at least one day in El Kastylo, and this will mean that you need to plan for two nights, especially if you arrive on a late boat from San Carlos. The city has several different restaurants and you will find that the profession of river shrimp, huge, tasty shrimp, you should definitely try. Be sure to visit the castle and museum, which is located there. You will be surprised when they find that Cornelius Vanderbilt had a shipping company that moved by steam ships up the river and across the lake to the village called La Virgen, located not far from the road from the Pan-American Highway to San Juan del Sur.