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3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Tortuguero Canals, Tortuguero 10980-1000, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Tigard, Or
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mawamba Lodge was a great adventure for our family. We started our journey on a long shared van ride from Arenal and finished it was an Disney Jungle Cruise--Indian Jones boat trip down shallow rivers and canals. The boat trip was an adventure on its own! Due to low water and the trip took a little longer than planned,... More

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Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first stop after San Jose on our honeymoon. It was quite a trek to get to the lodge (2 hours on bus + 1.5 hours on a boat), but the time flew quickly because the tour guide (Jorge) and the scenery was awesome. We had a larger cabin on the canal side (34) which was great. Every... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful property with canal and sea access. Very unique!! The early morning boat tour was wonderful. The food was great and the room was very nice. There is a lovely butterfly garden. We were only there for 2 days and nights but it was wonderful. The lodge gift shop is very nice and it's only a short... More

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Malta
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From pickup at our hotel to the very final end service they gave us - superb!! Our guide Stephen Weston was a walking encyclopedia. Ask for him on your booking form. Food was ok and rooms very clean. I also recommend the early morning boat tour; you get really close with nature. One dodgy issue is the internet connection, not... More

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Thompsonville, Michigan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
9 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there for only a few days but it was a very busy time. The cabins are just that, large but very simple. Windows are screened but not glazed - shutters are all the privacy one gets. Many rooms have a common porch, so if your modest you need to close-up when changing. Rooms were clean. Hot water was... More

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Trieste, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tortuguero in Costa Rica is like an Island in the sense that you can only get there by boat or airplane. Costa Rica has the highest biodiversity in the world and here you understand why. The hotel is very well conceived because it is in harmony with the environment and it protects it by using ecological systems for treating human... More

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Boston, MA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
11 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Between the Carribean and the Canal Mawamba is sweet. I felt like I was at Camp. The rooms are in Cabns , are spacious and good water pressure. There is no AC so leave the fan on. The pathways around the Lodge and into a tortuguero at user friendly. Although all of Costa Rica is Wild Kingdom you are definitely... More

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Lincolnshire, UK
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

From the pick up from out hotel, breakfast en route and the boat ride in we knew we were going to be well looked after, Humberto our guide kept the information going the whole journey and then looked after us for all our boat rides, walks and ate with the group at lunch and dinner. Our room was simple but... More

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Corfu Town, Greece
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Perfect organisation, good food, wonderful tours, outstanding location (one entrance the beach, other entrance the canals), very well maintained gardens. The rooms are basic, loved the feeling of simplicity, not spotless but clean enough, though not privacy at all (you can hear even a move) and not hot water. So dont go there if you dont like the organised places,... More

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San Diego, California
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5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Wonderful manager, wonderful grounds, wonderful location, good food. But room was like a mini dorm with 4 single beds filling the space. A double bed and a chair would have been more comfortable, unless 4 friends were traveling together. So I overall loved it but didn't sleep well.

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Additional Information about Mawamba Lodge

Also Known As:
Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero Hotel
Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero Hotel Tortuguero
Mawamba Lodge Costa Rica/Tortuguero
Address: Tortuguero Canals, Tortuguero 10980-1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 23 Specialty lodging in Tortuguero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Mawamba Lodge 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the heartland of the lush rainforest of Tortuguero Canals, Costa Rica, Mawamba Lodge and Tortuguero National Park are worth visiting year round. What makes us different? *Unbeatable location on a strip of land between the Tortuguero Canals and the Caribbean Ocean, providing direct access to both * The closest Lodge to Tortuguero town within walking distance (no need to take boats to town) * Free WI FI in selected areas of the hotel * Complimentary safety deposit box in your room * Unlimited free visits to our MAWAMBA PARK: where we offer two butterfly gardens, one iguana and one frog garden. A guided visit is also included in our 3 day / 2 night package * Private nature trais for nature walks * Exciting optional tours including night walks in the forest, kayaking, fishing and the NEW! Katonga floating restaurant for sunset tours or dinners / lunches on board. ... more   less 
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