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It is hard to imagine the diversity of life that has evolved in a place we so simply refer to as a jungle.

The Rio Indio Lodge, on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, is set in one of the most biologically diverse locations in Central America. The area is where the Rio Indio and Rio San Juan converge to form a river delta that is a small part of the 850,000 acre Indio-Maiz Biological Reserve. The Indio-Maiz Biological Reserve is the largest untouched tract of hardwood jungle north of the Amazon. The Rio Indio Lodge offers the traveling naturalist a smorgasbord of habitat and the unique opportunity to be guided by the local indigenous Rama Indians in this limited access reserve.
The indigenous Rama Indians have for centuries been the sole inhabitants of this land called Indio Maiz. They are simple people who live by hunting, gathering and fishing. Their homes, tools and boats are mostly made by hand. Their culture and traditions have been passed down from generation to generation and are still intact, as they have had minimal contact with the outside world.

White Headed Capuchin Monkey

Hundreds of bird species live in this reserve, including toucans, macaws, and parrots as well as hummingbirds and the rare "Royal Fly Catcher." The area is on the major north-south flyways of the continent and is visited seasonally by hundreds of additional species of migrating birds.


During the daytime the jungle is busy with birds, monkeys, wild boar, sloths and deer. Once the sun goes down, a whole new cast of characters become active. The jungle comes alive with many nocturnal species of animals that strictly hunt at night. A few of the better known are crocodiles, cayman, jaguar, and ocelot.The lodge offers night time tours as well.

Mammals in the reserve include the forest deer, wild boar, jaguars, pumas, pacas, ocelots, sloths, foxes, bats, armadillos and three species of monkey (Howler, White Head and Spider).
The aquatic life includes crocodile, caymans, turtles, snakes, lizards, manatees, bull-sharks, Royal Tarpon, and an abundance of exotic fish in the rivers and lakes.
Red Eyed Tree Frog
Then there is the perfect environment for plant life to flourish and wrap the landscape in lush green foliage with brilliant floral colors.
The rainforests of the earth hold 50% of all plant and animal life. It is known that 28% of all types of insects live in the canopy, formed by the tallest of the trees. The canopy is also inhabited by eagles, butterflies, bats and monkeys. The lower vegetation in the rainforest provides habitat and cover for a number of birds, snakes and lizards, as well as predators such as jaguar and boa constrictors. The bottom-most layer, the forest floor, receives only 2% of the sunlight. This bottom level is relatively clear of vegetation because of the low sunlight penetration. Many forms of fungi grow here and help decay the animal and plant waste.

The jungle exists where water is plentiful, and the rainforest takes over in the drier areas. The Indio-Maiz Biological Reserve is 850,000 acres of both habitats in a patchwork of forest, rivers, and lakes. It is a unique exsperance to be toured through this pristine and beautiful world by the Rama Indian guides of The Rio Indio Lodge.

Gulf Caribbean LLC, J. Vincent Phillips, Owner/Manager
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