Jungle Skills Course (10 days)

Temporarily unavailable. Unfortunately our location in Nicaragua was recently devastated  by a hurricane and therefore we are working hard on securing a new location in Costa Rica. Please keep checking in with us as we should have a new jungle course listed soon.


Are you up for a jungle adventure? This jungle survival training expedition is held in southern Nicaragua, hosting the largest rainforest north of the Amazon. The Rio Indio Maiz World Heritage Park is 1,600 square miles and untouched by man. This pristine jungle is home to some of the most amazing creatures on the planet of which you will be sharing this spectacular environment with such as crocodiles, jaguars, tapirs, poison dart frogs, monkeys, wild pigs and many more.

The jungle provides lots of adventure and challenges for those seeking the ultimate jungle survival skills training. During this course you will have the unique experience of training with the local Rama Indians who have survived in the jungle for generations. You will be privileged to learn their survival skills and ways. Our jungle survival school has exclusive access to this vast jungle, providing our students a truly realistic and wild experience.  

On this jungle survival course you will not be naked and afraid! You will be well looked after by highly experienced jungle guides and instructors. You can take whatever gear you like and focus on simply having a good adventure while learning traditional jungle skills.

As mentioned, this course can be customized and scheduled around your preferred dates however there will then be a 2 person minimum, so bring your buddy!


Day 1
Arrival at San Jose, Costa Rica. Transfer to Hotel. Night in San Jose.

Day 2
Transfer by van and boat into Nicaragua to the San Juan river.
Night at San Juan. Briefing and meet the Rama people.

Days 3, 4 & 5
Enjoy a spectacularly scenic boat ride as you leave civilization for insertion into the Jungle via the San Juanillo river. Every day is loaded with Jungle Survival Training.

Survival topics to be covered:

  • Water procurement: Water vines and water from royal palm fruit.
  • Shelter making - Swamp bed.
  • Fire making in the jungle. Bow drill in the jungle.
  • Using bamboo for cookware.
  • Proper machete handling. Learn to proper handle and care for the most important tool in jungle survival.
  • Food gathering (fishing and harvesting wild fruit and edibles).
  • Make a primitive bow and arrows from palm trees
  • Cordage in the jungle.
  • Using bamboo for cookware.

Days 5, 6 & 7

Time for another boat ride and some trekking: Silico Lake to Mysterioso River. (During these days we will hike about 3.6 km for shorts periods of time to different camp locations from Lake Silico to the Mysterioso River).

Survival topics to be covered:

  • Fire making in the jungle bamboo fire saw.
  • Food gathering (fishing and harvesting fruit and edibles).
  • Shelter making jungle hut.  
  • Proper tree climbing in the jungle.
  • Tracking in the Jungle. Identifying tracks and tracking animals (wild peccary, jaguar, paca , etc.).
  • Jungle Hygiene. (Learn the best methods to stay healthy and clean in the environment). 
  • Learn how not to get handicapped and avoid injures from terrain, weather, etc. 
  • Proper waste disposal.

Day 8.
Extraction by boat back to San Juan. Night at San Juan. Debriefing and Awards.

Day 9.
Early transfer by boat and van back to San Jose, Costa Rica from Nicaragua.
Night at San Jose.

Day 10.
Transfer Out to Airport. Fly out to US.

What’s included?

  • All meals and lodging at San Juan, Nicaragua.
  • All ground, boat transfers.
  • Nights in San Jose.
  • Transfers back and from the Airport.
  • All transfers to training areas in the jungle.
  • Local Rama Indian guides.

Price does not included:

  • Meals and drinks in San Jose.
  • Drinks at San Juan (beer and liquor).
  • Visas into Nicaragua ($17 total per person).
  • Airport departure Tax from Costa Rica ($29).
  • Tips to Staff.

What to bring?

  • No firearms or camouflage clothing! Solid colors like olive green, dark gray, khaki or coyote tan are ok.
  • Passport and medications (14 day supply).
  • Wide brimmed hat.
  • Polarized sunglasses.
  • Boots should be above the ankle and well broken in.
  • Fixed blade hunting or survival knife.
  • Canteen 1 or 2 quart.
  • 3 pair of socks for the bush (not cotton).
  • 2 light weight long sleeve quick drying shirts for the bush.
  • 2 light weight long, quick drying slacks (convertibles are great).
  • 3 MREs with heaters.
  • Machete.
  • Sleeping system (jungle hammock with tarp).
  • Water purification system. (Filter or tablets).
  • Full finger gloves.
  • Heavy duty poncho.
  • Minimal toiletries for the bush (no scented products like deodorant, aftershave, lotion, scented soaps etc) We suggest only toothbrush toothpaste or better yet tooth powder, small bar of soap, disposable razor, small bottle of rubbing alcohol or alcohol pads, aspirin packets, Imodium tablets, lip balm, talcum powder washcloth, salt packets and a small mirror, all in a waterproof bag.
  • Medium alice backpack or even a lumbar pack is enough.
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries - bring extra.
  • Assorted sizes of zip lock bags to keep things dry
  • Mosquito head net.
  • Para cord 50ft.
  • Mosquito repellant of 30% deet or higher.
  • Note book and pen for notes, small to fit in breast pocket.
  • 2 small hand towels.
  • Camera (keep it in a waterproof bag).
  • Salt tablets.
  • Potassium tablets.
  • Fire starting kit.
  • Signal mirror.
  • Survival Fishing Kit.

Any other gear or clothing can be stored at the lodge.


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