Wild River San Juan and Bartola Base Camp

Tour Number

Activity Level



Adventure / Active, Hiking and Walking, Local Experience, Nature and Wildlife


Kid Friendly: Yes. Kids more than 9 years old

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 8



English (fluent), Spanish (fluent)

Nature Hike and Adventure

This tour will start in with a early pick up at 6 AM from Managua and drive to San Carlos to catch a public boat to El Castillo where we will spend the first night. We will have a nocturnal tour in El Castillo to spot caimans, birds, lizard and frogs. Next day we will take a boat to Bartola Community and spend 2 nights and 3 days in this community doing nature hikes and learning of the local agriculture and activities. In this area Chocolate is very important and cattle. So you will have the opportunity to milk your own cow and make chocolate from scratch. On the Nature hikes you will see Howler , Spider and White face monkeys. Many birds like Toucans, Green and Scarlet Macaw, tanagers, and dart frogs.
After exploring for 3 days in Bartola , we will go to Solentiname and very quiet community full of art and history and we will spend two nights here. The first day of to explore the small community that they are known for the balsa wood curving and the next day to explore Rio Pappaturro .


Day 1. Early pick up at 6 AM from any hotel in Managua or Granada and drive to San Carlos. Later take a public boat to El Castillo. Night tour in River San Juan. (Stay in El Castillo)
Day 2. Leave El Castillo after breakfast to Bartola Base Camp and do a nature walk . (Stay in Base Camp Bartola)
Day 3. Early start for nature hike in the Toucan trail and later chocolate making (Stay in Base Camp)
Day 4. After Breakfast we will go on private boat to el Castillo and then wait for the public boat to bring us to San Carlos where we will have a private boat to Solentiname and stop on the way to see the primitives artist. (Stay in Macarron Hotel Solentiname)
Day 5. After Breakfast on our private boat to Rio Pappaturro, the home of huge green iguanas, monkeys, turtles, caimans and many birds. We stop in the reserve Los Guatuszos and hike for one hour and then have lunch in a local soda. (Stay in Macarron Hotel)
Day. 6 Leave Solentiname back to San Carlos to take our private transportation back to Managua.
The End

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Any hotel in Managua or Granada

End location: Any hotel in Managua or Granada

Duration: 6 days

Weather and traffic


New Truck four doors 4x4 or Van if the group is more than 3 persons

What’s Included

Private guide for 6 days
Private transportation in and out of San Carlos to Managua with Ac
Accommodation for 5 nights
Public boat to El Castillo and from el Castillo to San Carlos
Private boat from San Carlos to Solentiname and to Rio Papaturro and out from Solentiname
Entree fee in the Reserves

What’s Extra

Wine and Beers
Any other tour that is not mention on the itinerary


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