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It is safe to come fishing to Rio San Juan, Nicaragua

We are not affected by the civil disturbance,

that took place in the cities of Nicaragua during, April, June and July. Slowly things are coming along and the tourist industry is attracting tourist with special discount packages a real bargain, making it the place to visit on your next fishing adventure, escape or vacation.

Montecristo Tarpon Camp
Montecristo Tarpon Camp

Map view of Rio San JuanYou may come via Costa Rica though the new border crossing at San Pancho/Las Tablillas connecting with the bridge Santa Fe on the Rio San Juan, we can arrange for pick up at the border. You also may come by plane on La Costeñas twice per week flight Managua to San Carlos, drive yourself or come by bus from Mercado de Mayoreo in Managua.

Map view from Costa Rica

They are  offering  a starting package at just $40.00 per person per night, room double occupancy with breakfast, lunch and dinner included, minimum of 2 people. Fishing boat, guide, gear at $150.00 per fishing day. * (Reservation are needed for this package)

Great view of the river from Monteristo Tarpon Camp

To arrange your personal or group fishing trip you may contact Mr. Agustin Llanes, (505 86499012 montecristoriver@yahoo.com) a local outfitter, he is the owner of the Montecristo Tarpon Camp/Montecristo Wildlife Refuge and the president/manager of the local sport fishing coop. COPDETOURSJ R.L. (pescariosanjuan@gmail.com)

Your host Mr. Agustin Llanes

COOPDETOURSJ R.L. the local sport fishing cooperative has over 20 members spread across the whole Rio San Juan, with local owner operator of small lodges, fishing and touring boats, they all are local guides from the Solentiname island, to San Carlos, Boca de Sabalos, and in El Castiillo

For the adventurer in you we also offer a night caiman tour, sightseeing tours on different rivers affluent to the Rio San Juan,  to observe birds and wildlife, hiking tours in Indio Maiz National Wildlife Reserve, We can also arrange canoes/kayak trips as well as waterskiing.

The Rio San Juan has its own interesting historic places and stories, from the Spanish Colonial conquest, the Transit route to California during the Gold Rush era, the pirates of the Caribbean and the British armada conquering El Castillo trying to control the passageway between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, during the civil war in the USA. You may learn all about it at the local museum in el Castillo.

El Castillo, Rio San Juan
El Castillo, Rio San Juan

If you are planning on coming in your next jungle river fishing adventure to Rio San Juan, Nicaragua remember Mr. Agustin Llanes your trusted local outfitter/guide.

 

Affordable Montecristo Eco Lodge in Rio San Juan, Nicaragua.

Special $45.00 per person per night with meals at Montecristo Eco Lodge.

A family owned and operated eco lodge, the place to stay in Rio San Juan.

Located Inside the Montecristo Wildlife Refuge, a 200 acres of protected rain forest. The area is great for tarpon and snook fishing and is an important bird area with garden, is like a Natural Park. Now under new management has more affordable rates for national or foreign tourist to enjoy, it offer a $45.00 per night stay per person with all meals and some activities.

You now may Book on line link.

Montecristo Eco Lodge is one of the very few accommodations that don’t contaminate the river, it has 4 septic tanks, produces its own solar energy and has the best potable water well in the whole area, utilize good practices for the environment and recycle, reutilize and reduce waste as much as possible.

All the little towns and almost all the little hotels along the San Juan River dump they grey water into the San Juan River. During the dry season, you could see the PVC piping coming out of their property into the river. This creates and environmental impact that grows proportionally as population growth as well as tourist staying as guest on those places..

Hurricane Otto on November 2016 caused huge damage to the lodge and most of the rain forest of Indio Maiz biological reserve. It took more than a year for the lodge to get back on its feet; the government minimized the damage and left Montecristo with false hope of assistance.  Now is under new management and is trying to make a comeback, and need your support by stayig as a guess when you visit the San Juan River.

The Lodge Montecristo
Montecristo River Eco Lodge & Private Wildlife Refuge.

While the rest of property owner are selling the timber and converting the land into cattle ranches,  causing damage to the natural landscape of the area, Montecristo wildlife refuge decided to keep protecting it land, by not selling timber and let it regenerate by itself.

Things to do in Rio San Juan.

Travel tips

The trails are now used by wildlife that are concentrating in our refuge due to the increasing shrinking of their habitat, because other land owner are clearing land around to sell the timber and converting the rain forest  into cattle country.

Please support  Montecristo Eco Lodge by been its guest. You may contact via email at montecristoriver@yahoo.com

Fishing got skunk for tarpon on early to mid-January 2018

view of the Rio San Juan
Our fisheries for tarpon and snook are just minute away from Montecristo Eco lodge

Got skunk on tarpon fishing on the Rio San Juan.

tarpon fishing
We love tarpon fishing

I don’t know what’s to blame, January generally have been a good month for fishing in the Rio San Juan. We got some good Robalos (snoks) but no tarpon, they were rolling in the morning above the rapid but they did not take the lures and they disappeared for a while after that.  But it may be the weird weather we been having as of Jan 27 still raining on the Rio San Juan, the rain is not uncommon during January, but this year has been excessive to the point that the other affluent that feed the river are pumping large amount of water that carries derbies and sediment, thus affecting the fishing.

The weather  is supposed to change very soon and fishing condition should improve drastically, we have opening for February, March and April when most angler take their vacation, we will be running some special fishing package combining Montecristo Eco Lodge and the new COPDETOURSJ R.L., the sport fishing and tourist Coop. of Rio San Juan.

The Lodge will charge $45.00 per person per night with meal (double occupancy) with a minimum stay of 3 nights. The fishing boat and guides wil be provided by the 20 member, owner operator of the coop. pricing for boat, gear, guide, fuel is $280.00 per fishing day, tip are not included but expected especially when you have a great fishing experience. The boat normally is shared by two anglers (recommended), but it is possible to share with one or two more friends to make it more affordable.

I will take this opportunity to invite everybody  to our annual fishing tournament held in Boca de Sabalos, El Castillo. The cooperative have 20 boat for rent with guide and gear and we have a few lodges and hotels that will run special for the tournament,  it probably be held on July 20, 21 and 22, but dates has to be confirmed.

If you want more info on our fishing packages write to montecristoriver@yahoo.com or call Mr. Agustin Llanes at 505 86499012

Welcome to Rio San Juan, Nicaragua

Welcome Montecristo Eco Lodge & Tarpon Camp.

The Rio San Juan is an  and fishing tourist destination. Is the place to get your tarpon trophy, the silver king, the river monster?

Fishing time, Sunrise over the San Juan River.
Fishing time, Sunrise over the San Juan River.

The Rio San Juan is home of Montecristo Eco Lodge, your gateway to the rain forest and to a great Tarpon fishing or family vacation.

Montecristo Eco Lodge & Tarpon Camp is centrally located in the best part of the 200 Km long river.  2 Km down river from Boca de Sabalos, and 7 Km up river from the historic ton of El Castillo.

Montecristo is also a wildlife refuge, (Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo),  a very important bird area with more than 145 identified birds, over 240 hectare of protected rain forest? There is hiking tail; a few acres are planted with cacao and fruits and they have reforested with local trees like Almendros.

The Lodge Montecristo
Montecristo River Eco Lodge & Private Wildlife Refuge.

The eco lodge & hotel is completely off the grid, they produce they own energy, with solar panels and a diesel generator as backup, the property have two operating water well and they also collect rain water.

Its operation is sustainable and applies better management practices by recycling, reutilizing and reducing garbage. Is an ecotourism destination in Rio San Juan, is a green place.

Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo
Aereal view of Rserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo and Montecristo Ecio lodge