I'm travelling to Nicaragua in a couple of weeks, and we'll be getting the overnight ferry from Ometepe into San Carlos. We're then keen to get a boat along the Rio San Juan and spend a couple of days exploring the rivers and wildlife in the area.
Where's the best place to stay? We're keen on clean-but-rustic-but-safe.
Options include Sabalos (Hotel Sabalos perhaps?), El Castillo (Nena's Lodge or Hotel Victoria perhaps?) or even Refugio Bartola.
Has anyone stayed at Refugio Bartola? How hard was it to get to, and do you need to book in advance? Was it worth it?
Any advice much appreciated!