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Esperanza Verde Natural Reserve

Department: Rio San Juan

Municipality: San Carlos (view on map)

Type: Natural Reserves

Predominant Forest
Tropical dry forest
Type of Reserve
Private Natural Reserve
4000 ha



  • Mark Moorman wrote on May 1, 2018:

    The Esperanza Verde Reserve located on the Rio Frio between San Carlos, Nicaragua and Los Chiles, Costa Rica appears to be abandoned. I visited during March of 2018 and it looks deserted. Nice place to visit but do not plan to stay long without camping gear and food.

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Esperanza Verde Reserve is situated in the community of Río Frío, municipality of San Carlos, department of Río San Juan. The reserve is located just in front of the city of San Carlos (on the other side of the San Juan River). It has an area of 4,000 ha. and is part of the Areas for Peace System (SI-A-PAZ) and Los Guatuzos Wildlife Refuge (437.5 km2).

Tourist attractions

At Esperanza Verde Reserve visitors can appreciate one of the remnants of the Tropical Rainforest, which is well preserved in its natural state. Birds, reptiles, mammals (monkeys, jaguars, deers), orchids, butterflies and thousands of insects can be observed with a scientific, ecological and tourist interest.

The administration provides horseback riding, canoes and hikes within trails of the lush forest.

Also, the reserve has an eight rooms hotel with 20 beds (double, triple and multiple) and restaurant service. It also has an auditory with capacity for up to 60 people for courses, workshops and retreats. The cost to stay is US$40, which includes housing, three meals and the right to enter trails and breading of wild animals. On the other hand, a one day tour from San Carlos has a coast of US$25 per person, it includes transportation, right of entering trails and lunch (a minimum of two people).

Getting There

First, visitors must get to the city of San Carlos in order to have access to Esperanza Verde Natural Reserve. From San Carlos, the only way to get to it is through the river. When tourist get out of the city they cross the San Juan river and then they enter Río Frío, traveling over the last 20 minutes to reach the hotel.

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