Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz, El Castillo

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  • We had just a great time watching the monkeys. The spider monkeys were jumping from tree to tree sometimes dropping 20 feet. We saw capuchin whites faced howlers as well. The macaws were stunning as w...  more »
  • my two friends and I had the most amazing experience in El castillo with Juan leading the way this past week. If you want a tour guide that not only knows his craft better than anyone else around but ...  more »
  • Just got back from an amazing 24 hour tour through the Indio Maiz biological reserve run by the very best, Juan Ardilla. He's highly knowledgeable and is also an amazing cook, who was able to cater to...  more »
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  • Beautifull nature with plenty of wildlife. We had nice tour with Mr. Orlando. If staying in el Castillo I highly recommend the tour.
  • Worth to see especialy base camp with locals who are doing wonderful thing to keep the tradicion alive
  • If you plan to go to El Castillo, along the Rio San Juan, and take a tour of the Reserva Indio Maiz, I would Highly recommend going with Juan Ardilla, who is located in El Castillo. While staying in El Castillo in May 2017, my girlfriend and I were approached by another couple going on a tour with Juan Ardillo to Reserva Indio Maiz. The cost was a flat $150 for up to 4 people, so with us joining the tour the cost was $37.50 per person. As we are backpacking this was a relatively steep cost and almost 3 days worth of lodging/sleep/food, but the other couple said good things about the Juan and his tours. After speaking with Juan we decided to go. Juan took us out the next day on canoes, and we canoed for a couple hours from El Castillo to the Reserva Indio Maiz. We saw howler monkeys, toucans, and many other birds along the way. For a split second we even saw a large Tarpon (grow up to 75kilos) surface/jump out of the water as we passed by. We started the hike from the ranger station into Indio Maiz around 9 or 10. On the hiking part of the tour we saw some iguanas, many birds, multiple poisonous frogs that Juan held for us, insects, turtles, and we were extremely lucky to catch a glimpse of a puma. This was the second puma Juan had seen in the past 5 years, so it was truly a rare occasion. Juan also pointed out interesting and medicinal plants along the trail. After the hiking tour we canoe'd up a stream to a swimming spot, where Juan started a fire and we BBQ'd marinated pork on a stick, and drank coconut and rum that Juan had brought. We stayed here for about 2 hours enjoying our coconut and rum, and eating amazingly delicious pork with rice in leaves Juan procured along the hiking trail. After this we took a motorboat further East along the Rio San Juan in hopes of spotting Caiman, Iguanas, and sloths. We probably saw 30 or 40 iguanas during this part of the trip as we slowly boated along small side rivers, and Juan spotted a sloth from a half kilometer away that we were able to boat directly under and observe for 15 minutes. They don't move from trees for a week, so it wasn't going anywhere. Juan is a great and friendly guide, and we highly recommend taking a tour to Reserva Indio Maiz with him. He also offers longer 4 day overnight canoe trips, and can customize other tours if you'd like. For an entire day of entertainment, we still consider this tour some of the best money spent on our 4 months of travel through Central America. You really get to see a lot more with a guide, and Juan made this an unforgettable experience.
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