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Destination Overview

The brand new Rio Indio Lodge offers the ultimate in world class luxury away from the crowded Central American fishing resorts.  Over 6 million dollars were spent to create the luxury Rio Indio Lodge located on the edge of Nicaragua’s rainforest on the Caribbean coast of Central America.  It sits in the middle of Rio Maiz National Park which was created by the Nicaraguan government to protect the pristine environment of its coast. Recognizing that eco-tourism - which includes fly fishing, is an important sector of today’s travel industry, the government is doing everything it can to protect one of its national treasures.


The main building has been hand crafted by local artisans who used indigenous wood to create the lodges beams and furniture.  The main building is furnished with comfortable furniture and includes a gourmet restaurant and one of the two onsite bars.  Tarpon, Snook, Snapper and Rainbow Bass fishing in addition to birding and jungle tours are available during your stay.  We at Kiene's Fly Fishing Travel feel that the combination of its remoteness, luxurious facilities, terrific fishing and its activities for eco-tourists make it one of the most enticing resorts on the Caribbean coast.  The lodge welcomes families too.


At a Glance

Target Fish: Tarpon, Snook, Snapper, Machaca and Rainbow Bass

Location: San Juan, Nicaragua

Seasons: All year

Lodge Capacity: 27 Couples

Nearest Airport: Greytown, Costa Rica

Electricity: 120v

Documents needed: Passport

Fishing Program

The Rio Indio Fly Fishing Lodge is located in a region of Costa Rica & Nicaragua at the ideal location for fishing both Costa Rica and Nicaragagua. Rio Indio Lodge offers the best Tarpon fly fishing, Snook fishing, Rainbow Bass fishing, and Machaca fishing. 


The season is year-round and in the span of five days, you can fish a combination of ocean, river, and lagoon. The water in the rivers, lakes, and lagoons are generally "black water," generated by tannic acid, but clear. Tarpon can weigh up to 150 pounds. Snook are taken casting in the rivers, trolling and at times fly casting against the deadfall. Mojara is a super size bream that may weigh as much as 2-1/2 pounds. The average is about 1 pound. Machaca is a fish resembling a freshwater shad with fierce some teeth that will chew the toughest leaders; however, it is a great fighter. It is a drab silver in color and can range up to 5 lbs. The Rainbow Bass, a species native to Costa Rica, is among the toughest of all the freshwater fish.

You will be fishing out of 16 foot pangas (very stable flat bottom boats) with your guide and one other fisherman.  20 footers are also available for fishing bigger water.  During your five days you will fish almost all of the water types nearby that include ocean, river, and lagoons.  The guides are bilingual Rama Indians who are great naturalist and observers and after centuries of living in the Rain Forest.


Best Fly Fishing Seasons

September-October/February-March-April, Tarpon and common Snook are plentiful. November-December-January, fat Snook and some Tarpon are common.

February-March-April-May, Rainbow Bass, Majara and Mochaca are bountiful.


The main building and cottages have been hand crafted by renowned Nicaraguan artisans. The beautiful main building with its 40-foot central ceiling and Spanish tile floors is the center piece of the lodge. The gourmet restaurant, lobby and one of two on-site bars are located there.


Each of the 27 cabins have been built on “stilts” over the jungle floor which allows for a canopy view of the river and Captain Morgan’s Lagoon. The private and sophisticated rooms are very open and are outfitted with 2 comfortable queen-size beds, overhead fans, and a large, ornately-tiled bathroom. Additionally, each room has a screened-in deck, where you can relax and enjoy the amazing views of the water and the surrounding wildlife.


Río Indio Lodge provides daily room service, fresh towels and, in case you forgot to bring them, complimentary shampoo and soap. A pool table, large sofas and a large screen TV are located in the main building


The grounds include a beautiful garden, monkey feeding posts and lots of tropical birds.  The 3,500 sq ft swimming pool merges with Captain Morgan’s Lagoon and the old tower dredge of the 1849 Gold Rush. A bar is located at water’s edge so you can swim up and order your favorite beverage. 



Satellite TV and DVD

Wi-Fi/internet access


Fly Shop

Fishing gear available on loan


Gourmet Food

The lodge offers nature tours of the property

Getting There

There are a couple of ways to get to the lodge.  The lodge can arrange land, water or air transportation depending on your needs.  Most guests take a 30 minute flight from San Jose to the ne Greytown airport and then a 5 minute water taxi ride to the lodge.



Rates are based on double occupancy

Inclusions: Domestic air and ground transportation to and from the lodge (does not include international flight transportation). All meals, fresh coffee and snacks and drinks, open Rum/beer bar (spirits extra), laundry service, fishing guides, a tour of San Juan Viejo and a nature tour.

Exclusions: gratuities for guides and staff, tourist visa and departure tax, international calls.


4 nights/5 days (3 full days fishing): $3,100 per person

5 nights/6 days (4 full days fishing): $3,550 per person

8 nights/9 days (7 full days fishing): $4,990 per person

To book any of our trips give us a call to start the process
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