Nicaragua Ecotourism

Ecotourism means traveling to natural wonders that not only conserves and protects the environment but also respects and improves the well-being of local communities. But when you’re the tourist, what ecotourism also means “letting Nature fill your heart”. The Rama Garden Tarpon Lodge has a commitment to where we are and the nature that surround us.

It’s responsible adventuring, the kind that lives in tandem with nature instead of on top of it, and it’s been drawing visitors to Central America for decades. Sometimes we worry about the adverse effects of tourism and the substantial impact of too many visitors.


Ecotourism in Nicaragua

Are you looking for an ecotourism experience or birding under the most significant flyway from North America to the tropics? Nicaragua needs ecotourism. It helps with resources that are required to repair roads, update communications, build housing and feed the kids.

The first Central American country to adopt the attitude that their natural wonders were their best revenue makers, and therefore needed to be protected, was Costa Rica, decades ago. Since viewing their success, neighboring countries are adopting the same models, and it’s working.

Nicaragua, in particular, has gone a long way to adapting Best Steward practices. For many years, Nicaragua was torn apart by a bloody civil war. But since the end of the war, Nicaragua has become one of the underrated gems for true ecotourists.

You as a visitor help us to keep the wheels of commerce turning, and you do it without polluting.  The infrastructure costs of conventional tourism are high, its adverse social effects are often, and the economic benefits usually do not stay in the host countries. This does not happen with the responsible ecotourism that we propose in the Rama Garden ecolodge as you can see Here.

Ecotourism is perfect for travelers who want more real and authentic holidays that also benefit the environment and local people.  Ecotourism involves visits to areas that are under environmental protection by governments, conservation or scientific organizations.


Ecotourism vs Tourism

• Involves travel to natural destinations. These destinations are often remote areas.
• Minimizes impact. Tourism causes damage; ecotourism reduces the adverse effects of hotels.
• Builds consciousness for both tourists and residents of nearby communities.
• Provides direct financial benefits for conservation and local people.
• Respects local culture.

Ecotourism in the Caribbean of Nicaragua

In the north of the Caribbean region of Nicaragua are pine forests, to the south is a rain forest, cut by deep rivers that are the only roads. Of all countries of Central America Nicaragua is the one that kept most of its native forest. Lakes form a more substantial part of Nicaragua´s surface than of any other country in the region.

Among the many. Many tree species are Ceiba ( silk cotton ), Guanacaste, mahogany, Spanish Cedar, and almond. Orchids in the rainforest along the San Juan River include Góngora unicolor, unique to Nicaragua and neighboring Costa Rica.

Several great rivers drain to the Caribbean. The River Coco or Wangki is the longest in Central America, mostly along the border with Honduras, through dense jungle. The Grande de Matagalpa, second longest in Nicaragua with a course of 450 kilometers. The shorter Wawa, Kakalaya, and Kuwrinwus culminate in lagoons separated by sandy bars. The Escondido has the most assured flow and serves as the highway in between Bluefields on the coast and the end of the road at El Rama.

Manatee, or sea cows, are found in Caribbean lagoons, munching on leaves.

The East Coast of Nicaragua is filled with miles and miles of beaches lapped gently by the warm Caribbean waters. In recent years the Caribbean region has been recognized as what it has long been in fact, the Region Autónoma del Atlántico Norte y Región Autónoma del Atlántico Sur.

And right at the bottom of the East Coast, there is one specific vast swathe of green. The Indio Maiz Biological Reserve, Nicaragua’s second largest rainforest preserve. It is massive and goes right up to the gently curving half moon coast of the Caribbean. With many long, snaky rivers, and massive protected tracts of the jungle. Creatures are living here that live nowhere else in the world. It’s quite literally one of the last paradises in the world.


The Rama Garden Ecolodge and Ecotourism activities

The Rama Garden Tarpon Lodge invites you to discover the exhilaration of private Eco tours, feel the breeze in your face with custom boat excursions, pick up your camera to enjoy majestic bird viewing, and become a know-it-all whilst exploring the jungle waters of the shore. The village is very friendly and safe.

You can find more about the accommodation at The Rama Garden Ecolodge and the tours to the Indio Maíz Reserve that we offer here.

Birding Nicaragua with the Rama Garden Ecolodge

Birding and birdwatching mean the same thing. The activity of observing wild birds in their natural habitat, learning to identify the birds in their natural habitat. Birdwatching involves learning to identify the birds and understand what they are doing.

San Juan del Norte or San Juan de Nicaragua located in the south-east of Nicaragua is a municipality of the Department of Rio San Juan that has the privilege of being able to penetrate an unexplored part of the Indian biological reserve of the southeast of Nicaragua through Ríon Indio it is considered a sanctuary for both migratory and resident birds by having various geographical features such as lagoons, rivers, streams, estuaries, swamp forests or wetlands, tall forests.

In 1971 several countries formed an agreement for the protection and conservation of wetlands of global importance in this agreement named RAMSAR highlight the most important of which Nicaragua has 8 RAMSAR places, and one of them is Rio San Juan with No. 1138.

The Río San Juan has been taken as being part of one of the most extensive and best preserved biological core of the Mesoamerican biological corridor, functioning as an evolutionary bridge for flora and fauna species.


Birding into Indio MaízBiological Reserve

Navigating through the Indio River that is part of the other end of the San Juan River and is the one that directly penetrates the center of the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve or the lagoons of San Juanillo and their narrow channels that interconnect in between each other and form a perfect part of the habitat.

Ideal for home resident bird species such as:

  • Lapas Rojas y Verdes ( Ara macao, Ara ambigua)
  • Loras y Loros (Amazona furinosa, A. autumnalis, A. aurapalliata, Pionus senilis, Brotogeris jugularis)
  • Tucanes (Ramphastos sulfuratus, R. swainsonii, Pteroglossus torquatus, P. frantzii)
  • Oropéndolas (Psarocolius montezuma)
  • Carpinteros (Dryocopus lineatus, Campephilus guatemalensis)
  • Trogones(Trogon massena, T. melanocephalus, T. violaceus)
  • Garzas(Agamia agamí, Cochlearius cochlearius, Ardea herodias, Egretta caerulea, E. thula, Bubulcus ibis, Casmerodius albus, Tigrisoma fasciatum, T. mexicanum, T. lineatum)
  • Rapaces(Herpetothere cachinnams, Micrastur semitorquatus, Circus cyaneus, Busarellus nigricollis, buteogallus anthracinus, Coragyps atratus, Cathartes aura, Sarcoramphus papa)
  • Martín pescador( Ceryle torquata, Chloroceryle inda, C. amazona, C. aenea)
  • Aves de pantanos (Butorides s. virescens, Laterallus exilis, Jacana espinosa, Porphyrula martinica )

Among others, which are a delight for their songs and striking colors for the eye of lovers of bird watching. Discover more about the Birding tour.

Sport Fishing in Nicaragua

The Rama Garden Fishing Lodge is in a little-known location on the southeast coast, where you can fly into San Juan de Nicaragua tiny airport. We are in the rainforest and it can rain at any time and usually does.  Pack light, because we do laundry every day. Hand carry the passport, fishing tackle, favorite reel, sun hat, change of clothes, sunglasses, bug repellent or any medicines you might need. Follow these instructions here.

The southeastern corner of Nicaragua is still pretty undeveloped and exotic. The village where Rama Garden is right at the edge of The Indio Maiz Biological Reserve, the second largest rainforest reserve in the country. The Rama Garden sits right on the Rio Indio, with spectacular views of the river, and it is the first thing guests see when they are waking up every morning.

We offer guided charters in the Caribbean and day trips up the river, the staff is made up of experienced Tarpon outfitters and fishermen who have spent our careers learning the best fishing practices for each area. A three-day trip can include not only offshore saltwater fishing, but a day spent on the beach, and a day spent on the river. If you wish.

Caribbean Tarpon Lodge

Whether your dream is catching a giant Royal Sábalo up to 200 lbs, view wildlife in the jungle or just relax next, our Caribbean Tarpon Lodge offers more amenities and adventure options than any other lodge in the area.

Your meals will be served family-style!  You will enjoy steaks, fish, chicken, salads, rice, potatoes, great deserts, fresh fruits, seafood, and rolls..traditional Caribbean food and fish twice a day, in the early morning and after lunch. We offer extremely flexible departure and return times for fishing trips throughout the daylight hours.

It is a perfect location, super close to the beach and open water. If you want ocean fishing or to explore the waters of those jungle rivers surrounding the hotel.

The lush vegetation and flowers provide a fragrant environment. This is one of the most beautiful camp settings in the world. You are in the middle of Nicaragua´s Rain Forest. Many times you can see something in the waters below that look like bubbles. Those are the tarpon breathing.


Tropical Survival Experience Nicaragua´s Rain Forest

Our Survival guides are specialists in survival training and wilderness survival, although A survival experience in the Nicaraguan forest isn’t a task to try lightly. From starting a fire, we provide courses in all kinds of crucial survival skills to prep you for your jungle trek. Learn basic survival methods, like building a powerful signal fire, or purifying water.

Our guides have years of experience cooperating with European and American television programs on several survival adventures. They are professional, competent the best.

Water Sources

Water is among the most urgent demands. We can`t live long without water, especially in areas where you lose water quickly through sweat. We need at least 2 liters of water each day to keep efficiency.

Over three-fourths of the body is composed of fluids. Our body loses fluid as a consequence of cold heat, stress, and exertion. We need to replace the fluid that our body loses to efficiently function. Thus, one of the goals is to acquire an adequate supply of water.

Just about any environment has water current to a degree. We must improvise one out of water-resistant or plastic fabric if we do not have a canteen, a cup, a can, or another type of container.

The milk from green (unripe) coconuts is a good thirst quencher. On the other hand, the juice from mature coconuts holds oil that acts as a laxative. Just Drink in moderation. We may find trees whose branches sustain air plants. These air plants may hold a considerable quantity of rainwater.Strain the water through a cloth to eliminate debris and germs.

Wherever you find banana trees, then we can get water. Cut the tree down, leaving about a stump, so the hollow is shaped, and scoop out the center of the stump. Water out of the roots will immediately begin to fill the hollow. Fillings that are achievement would be palatable, although the first three fillings of water will probably be bitter


Wild Animals and Insects

Animals are as threatening as the rest of the surroundings. Common sense tells us to avoid encounters with creatures, and our actions may prevent contacts. Move carefully through their environment.Smaller animals present more of a threat than large animals.

Nature has given many small animals weapons, each year more victims die from bites by relatively small venomous snakes than by large dangerous animals. Even more victims die from allergic reactions to stings. For this reason, we will pay more attention to smaller and potentially more dangerous creatures.


Poisonous plants

Successful use of plants depends on identification. Knowing toxic plants is as important as understanding edible plants. Knowing the poisonous plants will allow staying away from preventing injuries.
Many poisonous plants look like their edible relatives or like other edible plants.

Some plants contain components that are both poisonous and edible; potatoes and tomatoes are common plant foods, but their green parts are toxic. Some plants become toxic after wilting. Some plants require contact with a significant amount of the plant while some will lead to death with a little amount before noticing any adverse reaction.

When there is a contact with poisonous plants or the first symptoms appear, attempt and remove the oil by washing with cold water. If water is not available, wipe your skin with dirt or sand. Symptoms can take from a couple of hours to many days to appear.

Signs and symptoms can include burning, reddening, itching, swelling, and blisters. Each plant will vary in the number of toxins it contains because of different conditions and variations in subspecies. Each person has a different level of resistance to toxic substances.



Because the guidelines require observation or manipulation of the snake body, there are no rules for identification of snakes in the area. The ideal plan is to leave all snakes alone.In poisonous species of snakes, because the risk of their bites negates their food value.

We offer to counsel and consulting services for projects. Whatever you have in mind a movie, a book or just your enrichment, we are here to help. Since every survival experience, and group, is different, contact us now to establish a job schedule for your next adventure.

The Survival Experience is our service that is featured that is most common; thus we provide installations and classes on the environment to create the majority of your trip.