Hello, my name is Vincent Phillips and my company is Gulf Caribbean Tours. I have
been working with sport specialty travel locations over the Western Hemisphere for the last 20 years. I am truly proud and
excited to bring this unique tour opportunity to you and your family. The Rio Indio Lodge is located on the southeast Caribbean
coast of Nicaragua and is reached by travel through Costa Rica. The lodge sits on the waterfront of a lush 365-acre tract
of private land that has a common border with the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve. The reserve is the largest untouched tropical
jungle north of the Amazon and is home to the indigenous Rama Indians.
There are no roads; travel in the area is either by boat or on foot. Because of limited access, this
location is truly one of the last untouched places. The Rio Indio area is one of the most naturally beautiful locations I
have ever visited. The Rio Indio Lodge is one of the best managed facilities in Central America and when you consider the
remoteness of its location, it is truly a remarkable operation.
I have been traveling to this remote location for the past 20 years.
In the beginning, it was to sport fish with the owner of the Rio Indio Lodge, Dr. Alfredo Lopez. At that time in the early
90’s, there was only a house boat of Dr. Lopez’s named the “Rain Goddess”. It stayed anchored in the
lagoon and the lodge to be built on the hillside behind was just a dream. It is 20 years later and, guess what, dreams do
come true. Today, the Rio Indio Lodge is a world class ecotourism destination and the crown jewel of the Rio Indio.
In the following pages, you will see why I feel so strongly about this wild and pristine place.
I invite you, your family and friends to make plans to join one of our groups. Your trip will begin with airport pickup and
transfer to a hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica, with an afternoon tour of the city. The next morning you will travel through
the north central mountains by van and by boat down the Sarapiqui/San Juan Rivers to the lodge. After check-in and a gourmet
lunch, you will begin your jungle adventure being toured by your Rama Indian guide through this enchanting world of the Rio