How to get here


We are located in the municipality El Castillo, Rio San Juan

Public boats From San Carlos To Sabalos Lodge

From San Carlos we strongly recommend take the 4:30 pm boat, because this boat it’s faster than the 3:30 pm and this boat stop in Sabalos Lodge. The other boats usually drop the tourist in Sabalos town.

San Carlos to Sabalos Lodge U$ 13 per person
Sabalos Lodge to San Carlos U$ 13 per person

How to use the public boats to travel to Sabalos Lodge.
If you are in San Carlos go to Boat Station to purchase your boat ticket.  You must purchase your ticket to El Castillo.    When the boat man ask for your ticket tell him you are going to Sabalos Lodge.   It’s after you pass Sabalos Town.    If you don’t clarify the boat will drop you in Sabalos Town before Sabalos Lodge.

Important recommendations
- You must remember the boat man that you will stop in Sabalos Lodge
- When the public boat arrive to Sabalos Town you prepare because in next 5 minutes the boat will pass in front of Sabalos Lodge, the boat driver needs maneuver to park in Sabalos Lodge harbor.

Days Departure From San Carlos Pass in front of Sabalos Lodge
Monday to Sunday fast boat
6:30 AM
7:30 AM
Monday to Sunday
8:00 AM
10:15 AM
Monday to Sunday fast boat
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
Monday to Saturday
12:00 md
2:30 PM
Monday to Friday
2:30 PM
4:30 PM
Monday to Saturday
3:30 PM
5:30 PM
BUS monday to sunday, BUS last public transportation
4:30 PM
Bus arrive Sabalos about 6:30 PM
1:15 PM
3:30 PM

Important recommendations
From Sabalos Lodge, we need to call the boat owner to the boat stop in our harbor to pick you up.

Days Pass by Sabalos Lodge Arrive to San Carlos
Monday to Saturday
5:45 AM
8:00 AM
Monday to Sunday fast boat
5:45 AM
7:00 AM
Mond, Tuesd, Wed & Friday
6:45 AM
9:00 AM
Monday to Saturday
7:45 AM
10:00 AM
Monday to Sunday fast boat
9:45 AM
11:00 AM
Monday to Saturday fast boat
11:30 AM
12:45 AM
Monday to Sunday
2:45 PM
5:00 PM

To program your tour to El Castillo also you can visit a wild reserve use the public boat as the follow.
Sabalos Lodge to El Castillo U$ 2.00 per person
El Castillo to Sabalos Lodge U$ 2.00 per person

Days Pass by Sabalos Lodge Arrive to El Castillo
Monday to Sunday fast boat
07:30 AM
08:00 AM

Days Departure from El Castillo Pass in front of Sabalos Lodge
Monday to Sunday
2:00 PM
2:45 PM


From Costa Rica

From Fortuna straight to Los Chiles (border): Every day at 7:30 a.m. the “Aventuras Arenal” bus picks up tourists from all hotels in Fortuna for the Caño Negro tour (in the border with Nicaragua) at a cost of US $ 43.00 per person.
In Los Chiles (Costa Rica) you have to clear immigration. At 12 noon there is a boat headed directly to immigration offices in en San Carlos (Nicaragua). After clearing immigration, the tourist may take our private boats, or public transportation to get to Sabalos  Lodge.

The key to the trip to Nicaragua lies in the Fortuna town of Arenal Volcano, contact trip from Fortuna in Costa Rica to San Carlos in Nicaragua.


Many Important airlines fly to Managua from anywhere in the world:


Driving To San Carlos

If you are in Nicaragua, you can drive to San Carlos in the newest road of the country. The road is in a great shape. From Managua to San Carlos 290 kilometers/180 milles you can spend around 4 hours to 4:30 minutes, following the regulation of maximum speed of the roads.

When you arrive to San Carlos park your car at the harbor and take the local boats to Sabalos Lodge. If your vehicle is a 4x4, you can drive to Sabalos Town

Driving To Sabalos Lodge

You can go driving from Managua to Sabalos Lodge.

For more information go to this link:

Río San Juan

By airplane: commercial airlines or private plane.
All flights to San Carlos out of the Mercedes International Airport in LA COSTEÑA Airline, which is located at the entrance to the airport. The cost of the outward and return fare is approximately $ 120.00 dollars and lasts 50 minutes.

Aerolínea La Costeña

Flights by La Costeña From Managua, Ometepe to San Carlos

There are 3 flights a week. Departure Managua, stop to pick up passengers in Ometepe to San Carlos: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from Managua to San Carlos departure at 12 midday. Usually La Costeña departure delayed. San Carlos to Managua: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from Managua to San Carlos departure at 1:30 pm. Usually La Costeña departure delayed.

You can contact La Consteña by:

Private Transportation

Service car transportation from Managua or Granada to San Carlos (one way)

Schedule of our private transportation

Departure Place 1 to 3 passengers 4 to 5 passengers 6 to 8 passengers
Managua to San Carlos 150 U$ 250 U$ 280 U$
Granada to San Carlos 160 U$ 270 U$ 300 U$

Getting from Managua to San Carlos by Bus

Departure From Managua Hours in bus Arrives at San Carlos Price Xpress bus boats
5:00 am 7.30 hrs 12:30 pm 150 C$ No Yes
6:00 am 7.30 hrs 2:30 pm 150 C$ No Yes
7:00 am 7.30 hrs 3:30 pm 150 C$ No Yes
9:15 am 7.30 hrs 4:15 pm 150 C$ No Yes
1:00 pm 5.00 hrs 6:00 pm 150 C$ Yes No
5:00 pm 5.00 hrs 10:00 pm 150 C$ Yes No
6:30 pm 5.00 hrs 11:00 pm 150 C$ No No

Buses that go from San Carlos to Managua

Departure From San Carlos Hours in bus Arrives to Managua Price
2:00 am 7.30 hrs 9:30 am 150 C$
6:30 am 7.30 hrs 1:30 pm 150 C$
8:00 am 7.30 hrs 3:30 pm 150 C$
12:00 pm 7.30 hrs 7:30 pm 150 C$
2:30 pm 6.00 hrs 8:30 pm 150 C$
6:00 pm 5.00 hrs 11:00 pm 150 C$
9:00 pm 5.00 hrs 2:00 am 150 C$
10:30 pm 5.00 hrs 3:30 am 150 C$

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