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.

El castillo against the pirates

El castillo against the pirates

View from the fort

View from the fort

 

San Juan river from fort

San Juan river from fort

 

Inside the the fort

Inside the the fort

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