We just got back from a trip to Costa Rica with Caravan tours. Our first major stop after we left San Jose was this out-of-the-way rainforest lodge that you can only get to by boat (1.5 hour boat ride) after traveling down the 2-hour gravel "Costa Rica massage" road. The lodge is all wood, beautifully carved with tile details and open-air everything. They have individual rooms (like a cabin) along elevated boardwalks. There is a very nice bar area, pool with waterfall and spa where you can get fabulous 1-hour relaxing massages that are well worth the price ($40 per person!). The lodge is directly on the canal with views of the water. The staff there is the friendliest we had on our entire trip and amazingly accomodating. We had a band there one night with dancing and a limbo contest- it was a lot of fun. There are many things to do there: go on canal wildlife-viewing tours (all by boat), fishing, zip-lining, sea turtle viewing (you go at night to see the turtles come to shore and lay their eggs) and a few other activities. The rooms are like a typical cabin but there is a bathroom with hot shower and flush toilet. The walls are covered in screened windows with blinds. The beds aren't the most comfortable but the experience of being in the heart of the rainforest makes up for it. The Howler monkeys, strange-sounding birds, frogs and other critters that can be seen and heard there is just phenomenal! The monkeys are very special and you will get some great shots of them in the trees everywhere in and around this lodge. The food was great there too. The only complaint I have is that there is no air-conditioning in the rooms, only a ceiling fan and boy is it hot and humid!!! If you go during their winter "the rainier season" like July and August, it can be tough, if not impossible to sleep at night because everything is damp and you are constantly sweating. I think I took 3 showers a day there! If you can stand the heat and humidity, this is truly a lovely place to stay, rich with wildlife and a wonderfully friendly resort right on the Caribbean coast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The lodge is strategically located only 5 minutes away from the extraordinary Tortuguero National Park, and right across the main "canal" facing the town of Tortuguero. Surrounded by a network of very scenic canals, this is considered one of the most exotic regions of the world, characterized by its rich in flora and fauna. Strategically located. 88 comfortable guest rooms. 14 hectares (34 acres). 5 minutes from Tortuguero National Park main entrance. Stay at one of our comfortable rooms with private bathroom, hot water and ceiling fans. Enjoy all our buffet-style meals that are included. Let's cheers with our wine when for dinner. Be our guest at our bar and enjoy our excelent service. Let us show you this paradise with our bilingual tour guides, during the entire trip. Take advantage of our daily departures from San José, with no minimum of passengers required. Travel safety as we get you around comfortably. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pachira Hotel Tortuguero