By buses and boats nearly through the whole country, we reached our
next destination: El Castillo at the Rio San Juan River, which connects
the Lake Nicaragua with the Atlantic.
Here we lived in proper style in a pile dwelling directly above the river.
Apart from funny parties with the international 10-people-crew of our
accommodation, we mostly used the time for exploring the unspoilt nature
surrounding the river.
For the common trip into the National Park "Reserva Biológica de
los Ríos Indio y Maíz" we went by boat towards Atlantic. Here
the river is the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. In the National
Park, besides the everytime impressive flora of the jungle, we saw mini-frogs
and giant-ants - both about the same size then and extremely poisonous!
Later we had a lot of fun when we were swimming in the river. It's said
there were crocodiles here but fortunately we were wearing rubber boots…
Of course, we also visited the fortress, which gave the village its
name and from where you have a great view at the river and its surroundings.
Latest when you are here on the top you will understand the former strategic
importance of the fortress.
All in all, the stay here was very relaxing. You feel far away from civilization
- there are no cars, very few tourists and little comfort (water was running
from the tap only half an hour daily…). The river dominates the life and
as leisurely it runs goes the everyday life…