From the farm to the table, chocolate
Low difficulty
3 hour tour
Sometimes, we have visitors from Switzerland which is the place where one of the best chocolates comes from. We offer to them this tour but of course, connoiseurs that they are from the chocolate land. Surprisingly they come back really impressed by our chocolae quality. We visit firstly the farm, it is 100% organic and you see the process from the seed to the chocolate bar. The cocoa is one of the main economic source in the Community.


Not matter where you are, we go to pick you up and guarantee your transportation in the point you are in.




Our clients speak

Marika S.
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Luna has a great view over Río San Juan, super friendly and helpful staff, great tours into the Indio Maiz and a nice breakfast to start the day. Their guided full day tour into the jungle together with a good nights sleep at the hotel was definitely the two things that made our trip to El Castillio great and rememberable. Strongly recommend :)
Kristin P.
Simply awesome
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Nothing can beat the relaxation of sitting on the patio at dawn in Hotel Luna del Rio. They only have a handful of rooms, right over the river Rio san Juan. I stayed with my family in the downstairs room. Everything in the room was perfect and to a much higher standard than you would expect in a rural town in the rain forrest. Very hospitable.
Richard B.
Wonderful Stay, exceptional service for our whole family
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We spent 4 great nights at Hotel Luna Del Rio in El Castillo, booking 2 rooms that overlooked the river. The hotel is a cosy and nicely appointed place, with air conditioning in the rooms, clean and simple en suite bathrooms and lovely balconies with swinging chairs. Breakfast was included in our stay and it was delicious every day. The highlight of this experience however, was the hospitality and service of the owners Marga and her husband Manuel. Marga speaks fluent English and was able to arrange various tours for us (Indio Maiz Reserve, night time caiman tour, fishing with Manuel) and ensure that all our needs were addressed. This wonderfully warm couple truly made this experience memorable and we were sad to leave at the end of our stay. I would highly recommend Hotel Luna Del Rio
Jennifer F
Lovely room & great host!
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The room was lovely but small. We had a small balcony overlooking the little "street", there was ac but we didn't need it just opened the balcony doors. It is very stylish with a handcrafted feel, the bed and pillows were the most comfortable we experienced on a month long trip in Nicaragua. And there was a blanket!!! Only blanket we had in Nicaragua. The bathroom was also very nice but small with pretty tile. There was hot water but I found it was either scalding hot or very cold. But having not had a hot shower for three weeks I was happy to have a few seconds of hot water in between the scalding and cold. The dining area overlooks the river and the food was very good. The owner went above and beyond. She even arranged our boat back to San Carlos and carried my heavy backpack to the boat against my protests. I would highly recommend staying here!
Jaap &Ingrid
Special and comfortable
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we stayed for 3 nights at Hotel Luna del Rio. It has been a great experience. The hotel has an atmosphere of great hospitality. The rooms are comfortable and clean. Service is more than good, my husband suffered with some health issues, Margarita has been very helpful by getting us some medicine. Margarita also arranged some tours thats why we were able to bring a visit to a cacao plantage + factory which was very interesting. We also went by boat on the river deeper into the "jungle" for a hike in te protected rain forest. Both trips were accompanied by good english speaking guides. Our memories about our stay in El Castillo and Hotel Luna del River are warm. It is a special place to see and learn more about the country and there people. We hardly recommend this hotel Margarita, we wish you, your husband and staff all the best.
Superb stay
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The hotel is a lovely wooden building partially built on stilts overlooking the river. We had two one night stays here either side of a two night trip to Base camp Bartoli and stayed in both upstairs bedrooms which had a balcony and seating overlooking the river. The hotel is owned an managed by Marga and her husband, they have three delightful children. Marga is an absolute angel, not only did she look after us brilliantly during our stay, but also arranged and confirmed our 2 night stay stay at Bartoli Base Camp and also our subsequent Los Guatuzos 3 night stay. She also assisted us greatly by arranging for the captain of a fast boat travelling to San Carlos at 6am on the day of our departure to take us as passengers, providing us with our own private riverboat transfer, they took us direct to the quay from where the Los Guatuzos boat departs. During our stay at the hotel, Marga looked after us brilliantly. On the night of our arrival it was raining too heavily to go outdoors, but she has arrangements with local restaurants which bring food to the hotel and we had a delightful fish dinner at Luna Del Ray overlooking the water. The rooms themselves while small are efficiently arranged and very tastefully decorated providing a very comfortable stay. Views from the balcony are teriffic. Breakfast was excellent and we even had a great takeaway breakfast for an early morning start on our final day. Thank you Marga for everything, we are truly grateful for all your help and assistance, we loved our stay in El Castillo and your wonderful Hotel Luna del Rio.
Un accueil fabuleux
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Petit hôtel aux charmes nombreux! Margarita et Manuel ont tout fait pour que notre séjour soit parfait. L´hôtel est très propre et moderne et la vue depuis les chambres est à coupé le souffle. Les petits déjeuners sont parfait et le service est irréprochable. N'hésitez pas à partir pêcher avec Manuel ou à faire une expédition en forêt avec Orlando. Et surtout n'oubliez pas d'être indulgent si vous séjourner à El Castillo , vous êtes en pleine jungle à 3h de pirogue de la moindre ville!
Sehr schönes Hotel und toller Service
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Wir kamen unangekündigt und spät abends an und wurden sehr freundlich und unkompliziert empfangen. Die Besitzerin ist Spanierin und spricht auch Englisch, was in der Gegend eher selten ist. Zimmer sind klein, aber sehr schön und sauber, die Terrasse ist ein Traum! Frühstück war sehr lecker. Wir haben uns wie zuhause gefühlt!
Dikke aanrader!
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Mijn verblijf bij Luna del Rio was fantastisch. De kamers zijn stijlvol ingericht, huiselijk en erg schoon. De eigenaren: Marga en Manuel zijn meer dan vriendelijk. Ze vertellen je alles over de omgeving, boeken tours als je dat wil, vertellen je over de cultuur en de mensen en doen er alles aan om je thuis te laten voelen. Het ontbijt van Marga is heerlijk en ze raden je tentjes aan in de omgeving om verder te eten. Ik ga dit hotel en de mensen missen en ik kom zeker terug. Dit hotel is het geld meer dan waard!
Noel y Marcela
Vacaciones semana santa El Castillo Rio San Juan
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Nuestra estadia en el Hotel Luna del Rio fue maravillosa por su localización, infraestructura en especial su atención y hospitalidad directamente, la ubicación del hotel lo hace un lugar extraordinario del resto se situa frente al raudal del rio lo que hace una vista y una sensacion inigualable del resto de lugares, calidad en limpieza y cuartos confortables recomendamos este hotel al 200% te sentiras como en casa; tambien recomendamos hacer los Tour desde el hotel por su calidad y responsabilidad de los guias que contratan vayan no se arrepentiran


The easiest way is to get to San Carlos, the capital in Rio San Juan

We are placed in El Castillo which is 60 Km from san Carlos, the capital in the Department. 

From San Carlos, there is not more road and starts Rio san Juan, El Castillo is 60 Km from here and there are two possibilities to get to El Castillo: 

  • Public transportation, there are boats every day 
  • Or if you prefer a private boat just for you and your family, you can arrange with us a private transportation from San Carlos


If you are at the airport in Managua , or Granada or in León, we can go to pick you up detailing day and time and we will move to the capital in Rio San Juan, san Carlos,  by car. Once here, we will have a private boat to transfer to El Castillo and our hotel.


If you are in Costa Rica, it is very easy to transfer to Nicaragua, The border is very safe and fast .

We will organise all your transfer and you do not have to worry for anything. Please let us know where you are and we will contact you to offer different alternatives. 

The closer border with Rio San Juan is through Los Chiles, close to Arenal, Foruna and Caño Negro.