4.5
Very Good 87 Reviews
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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

Amenities

  •  All-Inclusive
  •  Bar
  •  Eco friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

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

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 87 Reviews
Gateway to Rio Indio BioReserve
Reviewed 3 months ago

You can fly directly to San Juan del Norte (Greytown), take a five minute boat ride to the lodge, and stay right in the middle of a 4,500 sq km bioreserve. We flew into San Carlos and took a 6-7 hour boat trip down the river to SJN. Patricia was knowledgeable, informative, and quick to respond in helping me to organize arrival and departure details. The Lodge has large rooms with comfortable beds and hot showers. And they were happy to accommodate my dietary requirements. Franklin was an amazing guide; he found sloths, caimans, crocodiles, frogs, lizards, bats, and an amazing selection of birds. Drifting through the jungle was amazing. No need to even leave the lodge. They have a nature trail on site and there were troops of howlers, squirrel, and especially white faced monkeys all over the grounds.

Jewel in the jungle
Reviewed 4 months ago

I just got back from one of the most amazing adventures in the jungle and fishing tour. The lodge was amazing ,and I was treated like a 5 star hotel guest in the middle of a huge national park area. The chef inspired and plentiful food was outstanding. The wildlife was everywhere. My Room was large, clean and very comfortable.
Everyone asks me the same question. Were you safe? Trust me I never felt safer. The guides were straight forward and fussed over me the whole time. They could also spot an animal a mile away then get close for photos . “Don’t touch this , don’t feed the monkeys “ and the huge camp crocodile was more of the mascot than menace.
I’ve fished all over the world and this little jewel run by Dr Alfredo Lopez is exactly the way it’s advertised. Just amazing.

Ricky Sands

Hospitality Tops
Reviewed 5 months ago

My wife and I recently spent a very enjoyable week at the Rio Indio lodge in the very SE corner of Nicaragua. It is adjacent to a very large Nicaraguan rain forest preserve. The location provided immediate access to numerous river and lagoon waterways, home to many species of birds, animals, and flowers. The resort grounds are maintained same as the surrounding rain forest, providing an opportunity to enjoy many species right off the screen porches and walkways. A beautiful natural setting!
In addition to the natural attractions, fishing in the ocean, rivers and lagoons is very accessible, as well as visits to historical and local cultural sites.
The meals were excellent and the staff, primarily local Rama Indians, was courteous and helpful in every way. The hospitality was great!

Terrific Lodge in a wonderful jungle setting
Reviewed 5 months ago

We spent 3 nights in this spectacular place. Sadly, it poured with rain for half the time, but it was OK just to sit on the balcony looking at the wonderful vegetation. Although, it's pricey, once you're there, everything is included, trips, all meals, laundry and even the bar. So you can put all your money and credit cards in the safe and forget about them. The rooms are huge with a big balcony and hammocks. We went on two lovely boat trips with the wonderful guide Rosando, looking at all the birds and other wildlife, including crocodiles, monkeys, iguana. The capuchin monkeys are always leaping around in the extensive grounds. Food was good and freshly cooked. Bizarrely the place was almost empty, and on the last day we were the only ones there.

Top spot for outdoor adventure
Reviewed 7 months ago

My boyfriend and I completed a 6 day kayak adventure along the Río San Juan and after roughing it during that time we decided to stay one night in Río Indio Adventure Lodge to relax and recover. In the short time we had there, we were offered many activities to do and made to feel instantly welcome.

The property itself is huge and has such a wonderful setting on the Río Indio in the lagoon and immersed in the jungle. We were offered delicious food and always greeted with a smile by all the staff. Everything was taken care of, such as complimentary cleaning of clothes, transfers to the airport and all meals. Dr Alfredo Lopez personally took us on a walking tour and he had such great passion and knowledge of the region, which made for a very interesting morning.

We wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy the unbeatable tarpon fishing, so that means that we will have to come back again! Thanks for making us feel so welcome and providing a much needed relaxing stay.