Hike across the primary and secondary forests to discover rare fauna and flora, while walking beneath the 200-foot canopy of hardwood trees.
There are 221 bird species dwelling in the Indio Maiz Biosphere Reserve. The trail comprises sections of dense primary forest with open spaces close to the river to enable better spotting.
Canoeing Indio Maiz
Travel further into the San Juan River, enter the Indio Maiz reserve, get close to a sunken steamship and learn about the extraordinary people that crossed the river in the 19th century. Then enter the Sarnoso—one of the tributaries of the San Juan River—and paddle its tranquil waters in a completely off the beaten track experience.
After the sunset, enjoy our night tour on our private boat. Embrace the silence of the river and sight owls, caimans and basilisks in their native habitat.
Bartola Community Sector One Tour
Navigate up the Bartola river bordering Indio Maiz. Then reach one of the communities close to the reserve and learn about their day-to-day life, their main economic activities, their crops and how they interact with the reserve and the buffer zone.
El Castillo:17th-century Fortress
The old 17th-century fortress has amazing views of the river. Once used to contain pirates from invading the rich city of Granada, its stones are now home to the only library in El Castillo village. You can see children reading or renting books, then visit the museum which displays remains of the19th-century Atlantic-Pacific transit route and finish with a walk -through the town.