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From $2,950
per person, double occupancy

5 days/4 nights
3 days fishing

plus airfare

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Offbeat Rainforest Retreat
Be among the first privileged anglers to experience Nicaragua's amazing natural beauty and virgin sportfishing. Rio Indio Lodge is a brand-new jungle resort catering to discerning anglers and eco-adventurers. Sheltered from intense fishing pressure in a protected national park, the Rio Indio watershed is loaded with tarpon, snook, rainbow bass and other tropical species. Accessed by direct charter flight from San Jose, Costa Rica, the lodge blends in naturally with the surrounding rainforest. Its deluxe rooms, conference center and other guest facilities offer abundant creature comforts, and a staff that prides itself on service.

Rio Indio Lodge


Two anglers share a 16-foot john-boat with a veteran river guide, while powerful 20 footers safely allow anglers to fish outside the river mouths for tarpon, tuna, jacks and dorado. The season is year-round. 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 are generally caught fishing outside the bar mouth. They can weigh up to 150 pounds. Most are caught jigging off the bottom or casting with a jig using saltwater spinning gear, however bait-casting gear can be used. Most are deep runners. Tarpon, bar jacks, and jack crevalle can also be caught trolling deep runners. Snook are also 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 fiercesome teeth. It is very expensive catching it as it has a tendency to tear up popping bugs; however, it is a great fighter. It is a drab silver in color and can range up to 5 lbs. The guapote (rainbow bass), a species native to Costa Rica, is among the toughest of all the freshwater fish. It can be caught with a conventional bass rig, using purple and black spinner baits casting tight against dead falls and bush. This fish range up to 12 lbs and can get even larger. They can also be caught on a fly rod.
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.

5 days/4 nights
3 days fishing


5 days/4 nights/3 days fishing
$2950 per person (double occupancy) plus international airfare.

Non-fisherman with nature tours and guides: $1395 per person

Extra fishing days: $450 per person

$2000 per person. May be paid with check, credit card, certified check or money order. Final payments are typically due 60 days prior to departure.

Our in-house travel agency can help you make your flight arrangements. Note: airfares are subject to change and confirmed only at time of booking. Airline ticketing, refund, change and baggage restrictions may apply.


  • Airport transfers in San Jose
  • First night hotel in San Jose
  • Round-trip transportation to lodge
  • Overnight accommodations at Rio Indio Lodge
  • Meals & open bar at lodge
  • Guided fishing (2 anglers per boat)
  • Fishing tackle if desired
  • Fishing license and park permits

International airfare, extra hotel nights, meals in San Jose, Costa Rica departure tax ($29), Nicaraguan visa ($15), Nicaraguan departure tax ($20), tips, gifts or items of a personal nature

This trip may be combined with billfishing on the Pacific Coast.

Year-round. Prime fishing times vary according to target species. Historically, weather conditions are best from September until May.

Please call us to confirm space availability or to request specific dates

Arriving in San Jose, Costa Rica, you'll be met by our representative and transferred to a first-class hotel. The next day, you'll be transferred to the Rio Indio Lodge.

18 anglers per week

Rio Indio is a brand-new jungle lodge offering unprecedented luxury. Covered wooden walkways lead from the main lodge to beautiful appointed guest cabins, each with private bathroom. The special angler's enclave offers a great waterfront location.

Delicious meals are served buffet-style, and include chicken, beef, seafood and typical Costa Rican dishes. You'll dine in the main lodge.

Wildlife viewing, eco-adventure program, rainforest exploration.

(Subject to revision. Detailed itineraries are prepared on confirmation of reservation)
Day 1: Arrive in San Jose. Airport reception and transfer to hotel. Overnight.
Day 2: Morning transfer to Rio Indio Lodge. Fishing. Dinner. Overnight.
Days 3-4 (and extra days): Full fishing days. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight Rio Indio Lodge
Day 5: Return to San Jose for overnight or departure flight to United States.

(Longer trips can be arranged by request).

A valid passport required for U.S. citizens. Tourist cards are provided on your international flight to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Passengers assume all responsibility for obtaining valid passports.

Be sure to bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Note: health precautions are offered here as an informational service only. See your doctor or health clinic.

Spanish. Boat host speaks English. Guides speak "fishing English."

Daytime temperatures typically range from 80-100 degrees during the day, but typically cool down to the 70s in the evening. Heavy tropical downpours can occur even during the "dry season" so be sure to pack a rainsuit. Humidity in the tropics can play havoc with cameras or other electronic devices.

We recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance to cover any losses should you have to cancel to due to unforeseen illness or other emergency. Certain restrictions do apply. Premium rates are typically about $65 per $1,000 of coverage, and usually include some benefits for lost baggage, trip interruption, and emergency evacuation. Forms for Travel Assure may be obtained by calling our office.

Our recommended packing list and other briefing materials will be furnished on receipt of your trip deposit and reservation form.

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