THE RAMA GARDEN ECOLODGE
Comfortable & Authentic Experiences
Our lodge is located near the mouth of the San Juan River as it opens into the sea. To fish for tarpon one of our bilingual guides will take you to reliable fishing spots, here is catch and release so be sure to bring your camera to record the moment of triumph.
Our package includes the bilingual guide, boat with gasoline. You stay at our cabins within sight of the river. Meals are included and there is WIFI for checking mail, Twitter, and Facebook but the traditional internet is off and on. Remember that you are coming to enjoy nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of civilization. Whether your dream is to land a Giant Fish, explore rainforest rivers, view wildlife in the jungle or any of our Tours, our guides can show you the way. We will help you plan your Travel to Nicaragua.
Ecolodge in San Juan de Nicaragua
The Rama Garden´s Eco hotel name is a reference to the local inhabitants: “Pueblo Rama”. In fact, our team works with people whose heritage is rooted in this community, thus constituting a multicultural company.
Our support services staff will provide the Best services for you while you enjoy your stay here. San Juan de Nicaragua also called San Juan del Norte is a perfect village for relaxing we do not have cars, roads or polution.
Ecotourism Activities in Nicaragua
We have worked in the tourism industry as professional fishing guides for the Tarpon, Snook, Rainbow Bass.. and ecotourism guides all our lives. Eco friendly living, initially, we worked in other hotels; but we decided to go forward and establish ourselves, with effort an continuous dedication we have restored our ecolodge with the help of our neighbors as an alternative to offer visitors better services that come from more than 20 years of experience. The best time to visit us is the dry season from February to April. This time of the year you can spot exotic birds like toucans, macaws, reptiles, monkeys or crocs and a variety of other animals that are found here.
Nicaragua Eco Tours
Experience nature like you never before our guests who ecotours in the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve start the day by going up the river to Manatee Lagoon named for the manatees that live there. This marine mammal also called a sea cow grow to as long as 12 feet and graze on plant life in the shallow waters along the river banks and lagoons. These large creatures are docile allowing us to move in for a closer look. Along the river, our visitors routinely see parrots, golden orioles, toucan, and monkeys. There are basal formations that the locals say are pyramids dating back thousands of years. For an immersion in nature and ancient history, our tours are hard to beat.
The Rama Garden´s eco-lodge goal is to offer a service that caters to ecotourism and sport fishing in Nicaragua. Our yearning and hard work has bearings in our land and has encouraged economic and social growth. We started this project to make a point on the map for those people and anglers that love the wild being as it should be for entire life. And on the way, we will be working every day to be the best fishing lodge in the Nicaragua Caribbean area.
For us, sport fishing is a passion. We have devoted ourselves to the sport, but we also have worked in other fields on a professional level as survival guides for several T.V programs both in Europe and the U.S. Note that we have earned all of our licenses and certificates, which are issued by the Nicaraguan Government, in order to carry out this kind of work.
San Juan de Nicaragua is a small Caribbean town where we advocate a responsible tourism that is always environmentally conscious. This is particularly important due to our location, which is where the San Juan River and the Indio River converge within the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, one of the thickest tropical jungles in the world. We organize all kinds of tours along the river since we maintain excellent relationships with hotels and hospices of other communities all throughout this tributary, from the river’s birth in the Nicaragua Lake.
Eco lodge in the Caribbean | Vacation & Sport Fishing
Our fishing area includes the shores of the Indio River, where we are located, to the San Juan River and all its tributaries and channels.
The area also includes both the river’s lagoons and their deltas. The sea is located just five minutes from the hotel where there are designated fishing areas. Not far from the delta, there are coral reefs in clearer waters and mouths of other rivers.
We fish right on the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The bay where we are located is 72 kilometers from side to side and is the largest forest of coconuts palms in Central America.
When the sea permits, one can fish from any part of the beach.
Particular areas of interest are the rivers’ mouths or areas where one can find small peculiarities in the bottom of the sea. Due to the fact that we are located in the rainiest areas in all of Central America, the rivers vary drastically in size and water levels.
This fluctuation, along with environmental factors like the wind, makes fishing conditions change according to each season. We are definitely in the Best Fishing Spot.
Both the San Juan River and the Indio River have high tides.
But our experience shows that it is fairly easy to go by raft and enjoy a day of fishing.
There are other channels which are smaller and contain large quantities of fish like Rainbow Bass, Tiger Bass, Giant Snook, Calba, Machaca…
This makes the location perfect for fly fishing.
On the other hand, there is a unique calmness in the air surrounding the lagoons and in one of them you can even see some manatees.
Atlantic Tarpon usually swims around the same areas and it is possible especially with fly fishing and with discreetness and patience to catch one of them.
In fact, it is not rare to see a tarpon try and attack loose feathers floating in the water.
Eco hotel Facilities to Río Indio´s landscape views
Seven Environmentally Friendly Cabins
The facilities of our Eco friendly hotel, are made up of seven suistuinable cabins with the stunning views of the Río Indio. These are over 250 square feet, they have been recently restored according to the surrounding cane architecture on the grove but with concrete walls. Our rooms have two queen size beds. The bathrooms are fully tiled and each room has ceiling fans. We also have a restaurant where we offer traditional and natural Caribbean cooking and in which one can also enjoy Nicaraguan cuisine with seafood and fish from the area. Using sustainable eco friendly products, locally grown fruits and vegetables, along with beef, chicken, and pork.
Our guests can take any of the ecotourism activities that we offer. The bar is open for you when the guide brings you back for lunch until you go back out for the afternoon and when you come back in for the evening until the last guest goes to bed. You can request for special liquors when you book your trip, there are always Flor de Caña Rum, Nicaraguan Beers and red wines in quantity in our hotel.
Eco friendly Gastronomy
We have a diverse gastronomical heritage due to the great variety of ingredients and foods that are cultivated in this land. Our cuisine, inherited by our ancestors, have been combined with other forms of cooking influenced by other cultures that arrived and developed here, mainly Spanish, English, and African.
To taste our dishes is to get to know part of the area’s cultural identity. Corn is one of our country’s most important foods. It is a legacy of the different indigenous communities who inhabited Central America. Coconut is another one of our diet’s most basic ingredient. It is used in many of our dishes like El Rondón, a marinated seafood soup cooked in coconut milk and mixed with more local ingredients like banana, yucca or nargan. The Patí Costeño is a type of empanada made of minced meat and chili, a prime example of Nicaraguan cuisine. Similarly, the Gallo Pinto also called rice and beans, is rice and red beans that, as mentioned before, are cooked in coconut milk.
Naturally, fishing has been our main source of food. Fish can be either fried or grilled like Snook or Grouper. River shrimp, crabs and especially, lobster are also popular. These fish have been one of our coast’s most important economic resources due to the great quality of their flavor and size. Also, in days when the water is clear, you can see them with polarized sunglasses. It’s important to note here that in Rama Garden eco lodge we work with a cook who has an extensive professional career in many luxury hotels. When one enjoys this typical Caribbean Coast cuisine, one can dive in a new world of exotic flavors and try food with a long tradition, with diversity and creativity. Special dietary requirements? Special requests? Let us know when you book your trip and we´ll do our best to make it happen.
The Patí Costeño
The Gallo Pinto
Rama Village Culture
From pre-Columbian times, the village of Rama is an indigenous community that lives on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. It is with our utmost respect and admiration for this community that we have named the hotel after the village of Rama. As a matter of fact, some members of our team are from this community and they keep a close relationship with them. This relationship strengthens the ties that we have maintained for years.
Before the Spanish came to this area of Nicaragua, the indigenous people of Rama ruled a great part of what today we call Región Autónoma del Atlantico Sur however, like many other local communities in America, its population has been diminishing and today there are only 1.300 descendants left. There’s an importance here to preserve and promote all of the culture’s manifestations and provide the community the necessary tools to maintain their identity.
The houses in the Rama village have been traditionally covered with roofs made of palms and walls made of tied up canes. Sunlight slips into these homes through the canes, making a nice backlight effect. Our cabins are a tribute to these types of constructions but we have used concrete instead for a better protection against changes in weather.