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What We Love

  • Proximity to wildlife, including rare birds and howler monkeys; curious critters might even show up on your doorstep
  • A fisherman’s dream — anglers can reel in brag-worthy catches
  • Delicious, fresh meals; the ceviche is particularly good
  • The friendly bilingual staff
  • Children 5 and under stay free

What To Know

  • Room decor is no frills; it's all about getting outdoors and enjoying the scenery here
  • Guide-led activities and excursions should be booked through the property; they cost extra and can add up quickly
  • Remote location — though the lodge’s address is in Nicaragua, access is usually through Costa Rica
  • No TV in rooms; Internet access is in the main lodge only (and can be slow)
  • Only three rooms have air conditioning, but all have ceiling fans


  •  All-Inclusive
  •  Bar
  •  Eco-Friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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The Review

On the banks of the San Juan River, the natural border that divides the eastern parts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, Rio Indio is the lone lodge on the edge of the 640,000-acre Indio Maíz Biological Reserve. Fishermen from around the globe flock here to fish in the river mouth and the nearby Caribbean inlet. Serious birdwatchers come to tick off boxes on their avifauna checklists with Nicaragua’s robust bird population, including species like charismatic arcaris, toucans and macaws.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/editorialreviews/10271/pgal-54949-1299688919-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”The lodge puts guests close to wildlife, including abundant rare birds and howler monkeys.”}

Those who aren’t nature specialists of some kind can simply embrace the jungle experience: spotting sloths high in the trees, kayaking in the lagoon, falling asleep to the sound of rain and waking up to the deep bass calls of howler monkeys.

Those who love the outdoors can take a good jungle trek or hike; those interested only in relaxation can revel in the included three meals a day, the on-site swimming pool offering a respite from Nicaragua’s rampant humidity and the outdoor bar with free rum drinks (the sugar-based Flor de Cana Rum is a source of national pride).

The lodge itself consists of a main lobby and 27 bungalows connected by elevated covered walkways. Nearly everything, from the bedposts to the cottages’ foundations, is constructed of sustainable wood and beautifully blends into the surrounding landscape. Meals are served in the main lodge, which has vaulted wood-beam ceilings and chandeliers. The suites have bathrooms and are simply decorated (those bedspreads!) but spacious. And screened decks off each room mean bug-free viewing of the jungle beyond.

How to Get There

The Rio Indio Adventure Lodge
Indio Maiz Reserve
Greytown, 00000 Nicaragua


Great trip for me and my boy into the jungle of Nicaragua.

Great trip for me and my boy into the jungle. Owners were accommodating. Guides were knowledgeable and hilarious. A great fishing experience all around with world class amenities. The meals and rum bar were a welcome addition after a long day on the water. Highly recommended.

Great Experience
Allen W

Just got back from Reo Indio Lodge. This was my third time visiting the lodge. Best fishing of all three trips. Great chef,sraff & guides. A true jungle experience. Can't wait to go back!
Allen W , Indianapolis.

Amazing gem

I stayed at the Rio Indio lodge in June of 2019 and was amazed. The hosts and staff were amazing, the lodging was beautiful and in the heart of the rainforest. Fishing was awesome and the wildlife was everywhere. Close up encounters with sloths, monkeys, birds, frogs and even crocodile sightings. The food was 5 star and unbelievably fresh. And the hospitality and service was among the best I have ever had. Highly recommend this resort