A fort, a caiman and a jaguar footprint
El Castillo on the San Juan river has to be one of the highlights of this trip. Only accessible by boat and on the edge of a UNESCO biological reserve, the town runs along the river and has the fortress above it.
I came here after two Swiss chaps recommended it- and the Victoria Hotel.
Some of us did a three hour jungle hike squelching through the mud. Our guide pointed out poison frogs, jaguar prints, medicinal plants, leafcutter ants and a multitude of birds.
We did the night tour under a zillion stars, looking for a caiman and when our guide found one, we all got the chance to hold it. Our guide could spot a creature from the boat and found us a lizard, and frogs, one little fella was seven colours and tiny.