What our guest are saying about us
From: Randy Orchard <rorch@earthlink.net>
To: Alfonso Llanes <montecristoriver@yahoo.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2012 9:14 AM
Subject: thanks

Agustin, just thought I would send you a thank you for all your hospitality while we were on the San Juan. Our visit to
Monte Cristo was one of the best vacations I have had in a long time. Your staff did a great job taking care of
everything we needed, we had a great time there. I would highly recommend your lodge to anyone who is a nature
and/or history lover, the food is great too.I can't think of a place that I have been that I got a better value for the dollar
spent. I also wanted to say , keep up the good work on your re-forestation project, the world needs more people with
your mind set, you are truly doing your part to help save the planet. .Canoeing the tributaries to the San Juan was
awesome. I can't wait to see more next year. Your lodge is the perfect "jumping off point" for day excursions into the
rain forest, for anyone who is a paddling fan this is one of the top places I have ever paddled in the world, I don't
know how it could get any better. I attached a few pictures I took while I was there, If you would like any more let me
know I would be glad to send them to you. Feel free to post my recommendation on your website. Thanks again, hope
2012 is a great year for you on the Rio San Juan.
From: David Lipes <dave@budgestudios.ca>
To: Alfonso Llanes <montecristoriver@yahoo.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2012 4:43 PM
Subject: Muchas Gracias Augustin!

Hola Augustin,
Julie and I wanted to thank you again for everything. We have just returned to Montreal and are missing Nicaragua
Our experience in San Juan del Sur was beautiful as was our time on Omotepe before returning to Granada.

The country is beautiful and we certainly hope it will stay that way as it develops and more tourists discover it.

Staying at your lodge was really something special. All of your staff were terrific, the food was delicious at every meal
and there is nothing quite like spending time on the river in the rain forest.

Lastly, we really appreciate the time you took to spent with us, picking us up on new year's day, joining us for our trip
to the reserve, taking us back to San Carlos. Really glad we had the opportunity to talk a little bit. We always like to
better understand the country we are visiting and we enjoyed the conversations we had during our short stay.

We certainly wont hesitate to recommend Montecristo (I'll write up a TripAdvisor review this evening).
Muchas gracias Augustin. Hopefully we'll make our way back for another visit in the near future.


David Lipes
55 Mont Royal West, Suite 970
Montreal, Quebec H2T 2S6
T: 514-289-9537 ext: 202  F: 514-380-5191
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"Excellent hospitality and Tarpon fishing" June 9, 2015

The Rio San Juan has been described as a mini Amazon.  And after spending three days at the Montecristo eco
Lodge I can only agree with a pleasant plus. It is a mini Amazon teeming with Tarpon…big tarpon.  If you are
comfortable in a rustic jungle setting surrounded by the sounds and viewing of tropical birds and wild life, the
Montecristo will deliver with the constant sounds of Howler monkeys and the calls of innumerable tropical birds.  
The Rio San Juan runs from Lake Nicaragua approximately 200 kilometers to the Caribbean Sea and is a large
part of the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica

The best fishing in the area is about a ten minute ride from the lodge with your guide in a panga.  At this
location the river is wide and relatively shallow, with spots that are knee deep.  The tarpon run in channels and
are very visible as they constantly roll on the surface.  It is not unusual to see four to six fish of at least 50 kilos
surfacing in a single line of sight, with Tarpon up to 100 kilos taken from this area.  We were on the river by
0500 two mornings and had the first fish on within an hour each day. By late morning the fishing was slow and
the sightings were infrequent.

The lodge is located on 120 private hectares and has horseback riding, and guided hiking on its private jungle
trails.  There are also kayaks and canoes available for all guests.  There are vegetable gardens, coconut
groves, and beautiful, tropical flowers throughout the grounds.  Lodging is in good sized cabanas with from one
to three beds. The very fresh organic food is excellent and plentiful.  A special treat each morning is coconut
water through a straw from the source and as much as you want.  I can’t say enough of how attentive the host,
Augustin and his staff are.  They truly want your stay with them to be memorable.

Jim Newmen
3548 Old Indian Trail
Missoula, MT 59808
“Fishing! Birds! Jungle and more!!”

Spent 5 nights with Augustin and family and had a grand time. We fished for snook with David and caught 4 between
8 and 11 lbs! Large tarpon were all around but mating season was on and they were not interested in our lures!
Gladys cooked them up for us in a variety of tasty dishes. We had cabin #2 overlooking the river. We could watch the
tarpon roll, river life go by and enjoy many species of birds from our porch that enjoyed a nice breeze. The cabin was
very comfortable with good screens, a fan and 24 hour electricity. The shower was cool water only but the norm here,
refreshing not cold! The river current is strong but if you are a good swimmer you can cool off and get some good
exercise swimming against the current. It has a good pebble bottom. Augustin is a great character with lots of
interesting stories and insights into the area and local life. The property is large and there are a few hiking trails
through the jungle with howlers and lots of birds. Augustin likes his plants and there are small orchards and gardens
around the place. The birds love it! He and his staff looked after us very well. Helping to coordinate another tour with
Julio, a local guide to Boca Negra, as well as taking us to El Castillo for the afternoon. Some reviews have pointed out
that some of the cabins are closed and that Augustin seemed overwhelmed, and complained that there was no one
there. We found it wonderful to be there alone. Augustin also explained that he was trying to scale back as it had
become difficult and expensive to keep all the cabins up when there were fewer guests. To each his own... Yes it is a
beautiful, somewhat rustic river lodge and you should go if it sounds like your kind of thing. A little challenging to get
there but worth it to us! It is the beginning of rainy season but it cools the place down. Bring DEET for you hikes!
BYOB and beer. Call ahead so they can be prepared for your visit.

Robert & Trude
In Belize Caye Cauker
Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
“A must for kayak enthousiasts !”

Amazing view over the river from two cabins
- Very nice rustic setup (on a huge property)
- Best kayaks around

We stayed 2 non-consecutive nights with a one night stay at Refuge Bartola in the middle. The kayak trip to Bartola is
about 20 km and involves some easy rapids but you can stop at El Castillo (12-13 km) just before the rapids and
bring back the kayak by public boat at the end of the day. From Bartola, you need to arrange private transport to
bring back the kayaks.

Augustin (the manager) was very helpful to help to organise our 3 days kayak trip on the Rio San Juan. He also made
sure our lost bagages got to the lodge while we were paddling to Bartola :)

kayaking was our main interest but we also managed to go horse riding 2-3 hours before our departure - but it's the
kind of place where you can just relax and do absolutely nothing ! Specially if you have a room facing the river...
Montreal, Canada
Asta Maciukaite <astamaciukaite@hotmail.com>  Sep 29
at 4:04 AM
Alfonso Llanes
Hi Agustin,

i wanted to thank you for Your Hospitality and taking good
care of me and my Brothers.
Our trip down San Juan was tough but worth it. Our guide
was great and we had a good time.
if anyone wants to og to Nicaragua i will absolutelly
recommend to contact you.

thanks again.
Attached few pictures if you ever want to use as a proof
for your other clients.