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  • A boat with locals in the Rio San Juan
    A boat with locals in the Rio San Juan
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    A lizard in Sabalós
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  • The nature around Sabalós is fantastic
    The nature around Sabalós is fantastic
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Boca de Sábalos Things to Do

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    by Pieter11 Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    When you are staying at the Sabalós Lodge for a longer time, you don't need to feel bored. There are lots of things to do there like:

    - A visit to the old fortress "El Castillo": this was once built by the Spanish to defend the waterway from the Atlantic Ocean to the Lago de Nicaragua.
    - Kayaking or rafting at the Río San Juan
    - Horseback riding
    - Jungle trekking
    - Night tours to see alligators
    - Fishing in the rivers

    All these tours can be arranged at the lodge, even if you are not a guest. Prices can all be found on the website of Sabalos Lodge.

    The nature around Sabal��s is fantastic
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    by Pieter11 Written Apr 20, 2008

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    The best thing to do when you are visiting the Sabalós Lodge, is just to hang around in the surroundings of the cabins and spot the wildlife that you'll see everywhere. Only from relaxing in your hammock you will always see lots of insects, reptiles and birds, and it is also said that you have to chance of spotting some monkeys here too.

    In the long afternoon we hung around at the terrace of our cabin we had several colibris flying around right in front of us, looking for nectar from the big colourful flowers in the area. We saw many big butterflies, and big and beautiful green lizards that didn't mind posing for a picture.

    Unfortunately we didn't get to see any monkeys, but still the presence of all the wildlife around us was the definite highlight of our visit.

    A beautiful lizard in Sabal��s A colibri in Sabal��s A lizard in Sabal��s A colibri in Sabal��s A lizard in Sabal��s
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    by Pieter11 Written Apr 17, 2008

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    When we arrived at Sabalós Lodge it was midday, the sun was burning, the temperature was way above 30 degrees and we were sweating like pigs. I can't think of a moment that I was happier to get a nice plate of tasteful toasts and a big glass of homemade lemonade! That was the start of the culinairy side of the lodge.

    After a few hours one of the girls came to ask us at what time we wanted our lunch, and it stayed like that until we left again. We could choose at what we wanted our food, but it was always a surprise what we would get.

    The food was good, but definitely not super. They worked hard on making it look a bit exclusive, but the taste was pretty normal. Things we got were a sort of pumpkin-soup in a glass, a salad that was the some for lunch and dinner, and the pretty normal fried chicken and rice.

    What makes eating here worth the few extra bucks you have to pay for it are the service: this can even get annoying when you have your private waitress who is watching you from 3 metres distance. And the food at absolutely not bad and is really more then enough to fillyour stomach.

    With every meal you'll get a huge glass of lemonade, you can get water for free and you can order extra drinks at any time, also late in the evening, to drink at the river-view terrace not far from the restaurant.

    The restaurant at Sabal��s (not my picture...) The river-view terrace (bad photo, I know...)
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Boca de Sábalos Transportation

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    by Pieter11 Written Apr 21, 2008

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    When you are in San Carlos: a town you cannot miss on your way to Sabalos, you can take a direct boat that will take you to the other side of the border with the southern neighbours, Costa Rica. The main border crossing between the two countries is in the west, at the road south from Rivas, but if you want to have a much more quiet and special crossing, you should really take this option.

    Three times daily (at 10:30, 13:00 and 16:00) you can catch a boat that departs from a small dock in the middle of a normal street in San Carlos. When you leave the main harbour, turn left and after 200 metres the entrance is at your left. Over here you'll find the immigration who will ask you to pay an exit fee of about 2 dollars, and then you can immediately get into the boat that is 5 metres further, after registering and paying the 5 dollars for the trip.

    The boat is very uncomfortable and my behind was killing after the trip that took about an hour. But the trip takes you through another great landscape with small villages every now and then in between beautiful, green forests.

    When you arrive in Costa Rica, in a village called Los Chiles, you have to get your entrance stamp and then you're in...

    In the streets of San Carlos Make sure u save some money to get your exit stamp The R��o San Juan On the way to Costa Rica
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    by Pieter11 Written Apr 15, 2008

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    From the boatstop in Sabalós-village to the Sabalós Lodge (see my accommodation-tip) is quite a long walk. It is about 2 kilometres, which is pretty ok to do, unless you have heavy backpacks with you and it is over 30 degrees outside like when we went there. The road also is very unclear and you have to cross a field with horses to get there.

    To prevent this long and heavy walk, it is better to notify the Lodge on forehand. Just tell them the time that you are expected to arrive in the village, and they will send a small boat there to pick you up. This service is free for guests, and they will also bring you back there for free when you depart.

    The phonenumber of the Lodge can be found in my accommodation-tip.

    Heading for the boat for the Lodge to the village
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    by Pieter11 Written Apr 15, 2008

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    To get to Sabalós, a small village in the beautiful southeast of Nicaragua, you will have to take another boat after arriving in San Carlos. This is the boat that connects San Carlos with El Castillo, further up the river Rio San Juan. This boat departs 4 to 6 times daily and takes about 1:15 h to get to Sabalós. The costs for this trip are approx. 2 dollars.

    The boatservices in this area are basically the same as the busconnections in the rest of the country: they are very cheap, the are pretty slow, they are old, they are always packed, they are uncomfortable, but: the connections are good and the scenery around you is great! On the trip from San Carlos to Sabalós you pass through green tropical forest, through tiny villages at the banks of the river and past small riverboats with salesmen.

    When you arrive in Sabalós you can either walk to the Sabalós Lodge (see my accommodation-tip) which is pretty far, or you can ring the Lodge on forehand to pick you up.

    On the boat from San Carlos to Sabal��s On the boat from San Carlos to Sabal��s On the boat from San Carlos to Sabal��s On the boat from San Carlos to Sabal��s On the boat from San Carlos to Sabal��s
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