first things first, if your looking for facilities such as wifi or shops in walking distance, this isn't for you. But, if your looking for a cheap slice of paradise, this is it. In all my travels I haven't ever been treated so well by a host. jearo (think I got his name right) gave us endless amounts of activities to do in our 3 day stay, from horse riding to fishing in his boat fixed with mud! he spoke little English but he gives it a damn good go. the rooms are private cabanas, which are 20 dollars but that covers all activities and breakfast. the cabanas have one single and one double bed with private shower and toilet. no hot water, but electricity. they have laundry service which is very cheap, just like the food which is basic but well cooked Nicaraguan fresh cuisine. now a word on the nightlife, no parties here, but if your prone to mosquito bites (like me), be prepared. during the day they are generally fine, but as soon as the sun goes down, stay protected. they do have mosquito nets for your bed so that helps. the jungle walk which we did had many, but that is to be expected. apart from this issue which is kind of unavoidable, this was one of the best places I've had the pleasure to stay. so to sum up, if you want back to basic, traditional and unique stay choose grand river lodge, if you would prefer a little more amenities, try el castillo further up the river.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Well this is a new lodge yes stard in Nicaragua so good around San Carlos Nicaragua is 34 kilometer out. San Caralos in very nice location ride on the river Rio San Juan we have now houses with a private bathroom, a sink, mosquito nets; outside we have a little place to sit and relax with hammocks. We have also internet and outside kitchen with a fridge, also restaurant. Also they sell drinks. Also you can horseback ride or fish also the little village Esperanza is 2km. Away there are alot of things to do surrounded by the birds and howler monkeys are not far away maybe they wake you up. ... more less
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