Nicaragua is a very tropical destination to travel to. The whole country is a rainforest because of its constant tropical weather. One of the rainforests is called Indio Maiz Biological Reserve, one of the best preserved natural reserves in Nicaragua. The rainforest is at the corner of the San Juan River, in the southeast corner of the entire country. It is home to the widest variety of rainforest animals. There are hundreds of different kinds of bird species including toucans and hummingbirds as well as home to other animals such as pumas, jaguars, and sloths.
The reserve is beautiful in many ways, but there are lots of areas that do not allow exploring or hiking because of safety risks and serious preservation efforts.
The Rama Indians have the best way of showing any visitor around. They have been living in the forest for hundreds of years and know the ins and outs of the forest by heart. They guide visitors through the trails and provide a place to stay overnight. Most of these settlements are deserted, but it is nevertheless possible to stay in one of the huts with the Indians.
The best way to plan a trip to the reserve is at San Juan del Norte, where some Rama Inidans live that make it possible to hire the guide from there to take you through the reserve. Although I have personally never visited, I have heard several stories about how beautiful the reserve really is. It is another one of the important landmarks to the country and a “must-see” when visiting! Make sure you take rainboots and repellent, though! Those mosquitos can really bite!
How do you feel about the rainforest? Will you join in the efforts to save them? Let me know in the comments below!