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San Juan River Carnival, Nicaragua

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What is the Carnival of Rio San Juan?

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The San Juan River Carnival is an annual celebration quite particular, since it is celebrated on the water of the aforementioned river. These carnivals are carried out by the locality of San Carlos and are celebrations that have gained strength in recent years. As its name suggests, a good number of events are held on the river. However, parades and concerts are also held on land.

The San Juan River Carnival has been carried out all these years thanks to the participation of the different entities that make up the town, such as the Mayoralty of San Carlos, the Tourism Institute, the Ministry of Community Family Economy, the National Police and other governmental bodies. In addition, the lugaremos, residents and civil society have also played an important role in the development of the festivities.

 

 

Year after year, the San Juan River Carnival is the epicenter of a great aquatic event. Thousands of people come to see the parades on the water, but also the many cultural events and concerts on land.

 

The parade of boats on the waters of the San Juan River is one of the most important celebrations

The parade of boats on the waters of the San Juan River is one of the most important celebrations

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When is the Carnival of Rio San Juan?

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The Rio San Juan Carnival is generally heldbetween the second and third week of October, with a duration of three days.

 

 

History of the Rio San Juan Carnival

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The history of the San Juan River Carnival is quite short, since it emerged in 2009, when the works of the boardwalk of the town of San Carlos were completed in conjunction with the INTUR Water Route. The local governmental entities saw that the city’s boardwalk and the river would have great tourist potential. That is why they decided to implement severalfestive events and merge them with carnival themes.



Where is the Carnival of Rio San Juan?

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This peculiar carnival takes place in the department of San Carlos, specifically on and around the San Juan River. This department is located in the south of Nicaragua.

 

The boats parade along the San Juan River during the carnivals

The boats parade along the San Juan River during the carnivals

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How is the San Juan River Carnival celebrated?

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These very special carnivals are celebrated on the waters of the San Juan River. During the 11 years of tradition, this celebration has had multiple commemorative events and that take advantage of its spaces to adapt the typical celebrations in the particular environment of the river.

The San Juan River Carnival features different water parades, demonstrations of marine sports, commemorative ceremonies, parades and decorated boats that cross the San Juan River. For several years the carnival has had the participation of different groups and troupes, turning these festivities into a tourist attraction of utmost importance for the municipality.

Although the attraction of the carnival are the boats that run along the river, there are also troupes in the main street of the municipality, where different groupings from the various regions of the country perform. The popularity of these carnivals has grown considerably, since in its beginnings they had a participation of 1,000 tourists, while in recent reports have approached almost 10,000 visitors among them national and international tourists..

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Tips for going to the Rio San Juan Carnival

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To attend these carnivals we recommend you to laminate your trip in advance. Organize a travel itinerary and determine which will be your accommodation. Likewise, we recommend that once you are there, look for a point within the locality that allows you to see all the parades, celebrations and events.

 

Events in Rio San Juan Carnival

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The events that have made up this celebration consist of different parades, comparsas and celebrations that have taken shape as the years go by. One of the first events is the press conference provided by the different organizations involved in the elaboration of the carnivals. After this, the carnival begins and it is when the different comparsas and floats on the river take place.

Also, there are some other water sports activities that take place on the river and there is also the presence of small shops where local crafts and food are sold.

There are alsocultural and musical presentations that are part of the carnival. These events or shows feature the participation of groups from various areas of the country. Generally, these presentations are based on traditional Nicaraguan dances and music.

 

The boats during the San Juan River carnivals are colorful and full of music

The boats during the San Juan River carnivals are colorful and full of music

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Río San Juan Carnival Parades

 

At the San Juan River Carnival there are several parades that you can’t miss. One of the main ones is the parade that takes place on the waters of the San Juan River. Every year, dozens of boats embark on their journey on the waters of this tranquil river. These boats have dozens of musicians who perform on them. In addition, the boats also feature big dolls, banners and hundreds of colors.

 

 

Despite the fact that the most prominent parade is on water, this does not mean that it is the only one. As well as the water parade, dozens of groups also carry out their walking parades, on dry land. The event involves musicians, dancers and troupes with beautifully crafted costumes.

 

Parade route

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The Rio San Juan Carnival is a young celebration, yet it attracts thousands of tourists every year

The Rio San Juan Carnival is a young celebration, yet it attracts thousands of tourists every year

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The land parades take place on the main road of San Carlos, while the boat parades take place on the waters of the San Juan River.

 

Nacatamales are a type of tamale with corn dough, vegetables and rice

Nacatamales are a type of tamale with corn dough, vegetables and rice

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What to eat at the Rio San Juan Carnival

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During the carnival there are differentfood stands where you can try the different dishes that the region has to offer. One of the most typical dishes is the Gallo Pinto, a dish consisting mainly of rice and beans. In addition, we can also find the Nacatamal which is the closest thing to a tamale that you can find in the region. This is composed of corn dough, meat, vegetables and rice.

The municipality of San Carlos also has different places that you can visit to try different dishes, some traditional of the region, national and international. The most popular restaurants in the area are; Restaurante Granadino and the Kaoma Restaurant.

 

Gallo pinto is a typical dish that is consumed in the region during carnivals

Gallo pinto is a typical dish that is consumed in the region during carnivals

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What to see and do inside the Rio San Juan Carnival

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During the celebrations you have several options of activities, one of them is to attend the press conference held at the beginning of the festivities. If this type of event does not interest you, you can attend the parades in the main street at once, where you can see the different national and regional groups dance, sing and parade in colorful costumes and masks..

Another of the activities you can attend is the boat parade held on the San Juan River, which is one of the biggest attractions of this festival. Finally, you can attend the different events related to local and national culture through the concerts of typical music, the sale of handicrafts or local products.

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What to see and do outside of the Rio San Juan Carnival

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In the surroundings of the San Carlos municipality there are several tourist attractions you can attend, some of them focused on flora and fauna, along with the river nearby.

 

Indio Maíz Biological Reserve

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It is one of the best preserved nature reserves in Nicaragua. It comprises some 3,100 square kilometers and is home to hundreds of birds such as toucans; macaws and parrots, as well as a great variety of amphibians and frogs.

 

Church of Mancarron

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This church is located on Mancarron Island and is one of the main tourist attractions of the municipality.

 

Taller de Los Artistas

(Artist’s Workshop

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It is a small art workshop located on the island of San Fernando. Admission is free and you can find in it different works and wooden crafts.

Also if you want to visit museums and important buildings in this city we recommend you to book the entrance in advance through Tiquets: .

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Safety at the Rio San Juan Carnival

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Nicaragua is a relatively safe country for tourists as the crime rate is lower than its sister countries. However, it is advisable to be aware of your surroundings and if possible do not travel with a lot of money in your pockets. If possible, keep your valuables and documents in a safe place. Also, we recommend the following products to keep your belongings safe:

 

 

Weather at Rio San Juan Carnival

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The climate in the area is warm and tropical with some humidity, but generally the temperature is below 30 degrees Celsius, making it a pleasant destination in terms of weather.

Also, be sure to pack comfortable clothes and shoes for the caranvales.

 

The boat floats feature great figures, colors and music

The boat floats feature great figures, colors and music

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How to get to Rio San Juan Carnival

 

How to get there by plane

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If you wish to attend the Rio San Juan carnivals, you should arrive at Managua Airport since from here is the easiest way to access the municipality. Once you are there, you can approach the municipality through the different means of transportation.

In addition, there is a small airport for local use. You must first go to the airport of Managua to take a domestic flight that will take you to the municipal airport.

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How to get there by bus

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If you are coming from Managua, you can get to the carnivals using the public bus through the Mayoreo terminal, the trip is about 7 hours and costs 150 cordobas.

 

How to get there by ferry

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If you decide to use the ferry, you can depart from Granada or Isla de Ometepe and arrive at the port of the municipality.

 

How to get there by car

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If you are coming from Managua, use the main road to the municipality. The journey is about 200 kilometers and it will take you 4 hours to get there.

 

Where to stay at the Rio San Juan Carnival

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Accommodation in the municipality is quite scarce, there are only a few hostels and other hotels located somewhat far from the center of town.

 



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Hostal Don Frank

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Located 200 meters from the center. Rooms have TV and private bathroom and located 2 kilometers from the local airport.

 

Hostal Familiar Vanessa Solentiname

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Private rooms with bathrooms. Also offers terraces and gardens.

 

Hotel Cabanas Paraiso

3 star hotel with restaurant, bar, garden and terrace.

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