My buddy had an Apocalypse Now bachelor party on the Rio San Juan — and nobody died
RIO SAN JUAN, Nicaragua— “This is the bullet ant,” says Victor Manuel Diaz, pointing at a tree branch with the tip of his machete. “If you get bit once, it hurts horribly. If you get bit twice, you could go into anaphylactic shock. If you get bit seven times or more, you could die. So don’t touch any trees without looking first.”
Nicaragua’s Indio Maiz Reserve is a savage land of curious sights: trees that bleed milk, roots that pour water, and colorful frogs filled with murderous thoughts. Our goal was to bushwhack through the dark jungle in under five hours and — if our guide could find his way through the disorienting bush — return to sunlight on the banks the Rio Sarnoso, a remote tributary that’s home to crocodiles and the occasional freshwater bull shark.
The entire southeastern corner of Nicaragua is a land fraught with mystery and danger, and in doses that have inspired madness among foreign adventurers for centuries. Which is why it was the perfect place for my friend Warren Ogden’s “Apocalypse Now” bachelor party, a three-day river excursion into the wilds.
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