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San Carlos

San Carlos is the capital of the San Juan region, which is located near the mouth of the historical San Juan River and Central America’s largest fresh water lake, “Lago de Nicaragua”. This town played an important role in the history of the country, its strategic location allowed the construction of a fortress to defend the city of Granada from pirate attacks. Still today the ruins of this fortress can be appreciated where a museum has been built. Walking through the town you will see the daily life of the inhabitants and the fishing activities of the area.

San Carlos is the most important arrival and starting point of the San Juan basin, where the travelers can begin their natural adventures. A two hour boat ride will take you to El Castillo, a little town crowned by an old Spanish fortress, built in the middle of the XVII century. Also Los Guatuzos Nature Reserve, a wetland protected area, is situated only 45 minutes west of San Carlos, where an important amount of species of birds can be observed, as well as caimans, monkeys, butterflies, insects, reptiles, and others. Also near San Carlos is Solentiname, a beautiful natural archipelago formed by 36 islands where nature and culture blends perfectly.

San Carlos offers visitors a landing strip and a 45-minute flight can be done from Managua to this destination. Another way to get to San Carlos from Managua is driving through the rolling hills of Boaco and Chontales, and then through the cattle region of Rio San Juan. Although this trip is scenic it is a long distance to drive. Another possible route is from Granada on ferry, stopping in Ometepe, Morrito and San Miguelito, completing a 15 hour journey to San Carlos.

Birdwatching • Rural Life • Landscapes • Fresh Water Fishing

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