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Rio Indio Lodge, Indio Maiz, Nicaragua

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Rio Indio Lodge

The Río Indio Adventure Lodge was developed by a group of environmentally conscientious investors from North America, Nicaragua and Costa Rica who wanted to introduce this 1,600 sq. kilometer Indio Maíz World Heritage National Park to people that care about the environment and its pristine beauty. After a 2 ½ year environmental impact study, the carefully designed construction began using Nicaragua’s finest hand craftsmen, and wood from tree farms and reforestation programs. It took three years to build after surpassing many logistical problems of material transportation down the seasonal jungle rivers. Our goal was to create local jobs, operate a sustainable project and staff the lodge with local native people, mostly of the Rama tribe.

Each of the 27 cabins have been built on “stilts” over the jungle floor which allows for a canopy view of the river and Captain Morgan’s Lagoon. Measuring 700 square feet each, they have been constructed out of the wood from tree farms and using local craftsmen, the private and sophisticated rooms are very open and are outfitted with 2 comfortable queen-size beds, overhead fans, and a large, ornately-tiled bathroom. Additionally, each room has a screened-in deck, where you can relax and enjoy the amazing views of the water and the surrounding wildlife. Río Indio Lodge provides daily room service, fresh towels and, in case you forgot to bring them, complimentary shampoo and soap.

This area is one of the richest in ecology in all of Central America and is inhabited with many species of indigenous animals, birds, fish and exotic plant Life. Among the animals that live in the forest are hundreds of different bird species, including toucans, hummingbirds, macaws, parrots, and many other spectacular, colorful species. The reserve is also inhabited by beautiful mammals like deer, sloths, wild boars, pumas, jaguars, pacas, foxes, and even one spectacular aquatic mammal: manatees.

All of the three monkey species that live in Nicaragua can be found in the Indio Maíz Reserve (Howler, White-Face, and Spider Monkey). Other animal species that can be found in this area include poison dart frogs, snakes, crocodiles, turtles, and iguanas. In regards to bird life in the 1996 bird count by “Friends of the Earth” from Spain, 270 species of birds distributed in 214 genus and 61 families which include the Harpy Eagle, were also recorded. This area is right on the East Coast Migration Route, which offers great birding opportunities. In the rivers we have fresh water sharks (carcharkinus leucas) and two species of saw fish (Pristis pectinatus and P. perotteti), also tarpon atlanticus and gar fish (atractosteus tropicus) as well as crocodylus acutus and caiman crocodilus. Our area is also the principal hatching area for sea turtles (chelonia mydas) and most important eretmochelys imbricatta.

The area gets an average of 5,000 mm of rain each year with a dry season from February to May. This is a pristine area with no contamination and easy access to remote areas by boat and trails. The many species of reptiles, birds, insects, mammals and natural history as well as an endless collection of plant life make it a pristine destination for both the amateur and professional biologist or naturalist in biology and nature.

The area is pristine and we want to educate our guests as well as the local population on its conservation and produce new forms of income for the native rama Indians, while caring for the environment.

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