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Mawamba Lodge

3.0 of 5 Tortuguero Canals, Tortuguero 10980-1000, Costa Rica
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We saw a boa, various monkeys, exotic birds, an ant eater, camen, unique butterflies and frogs, and more! The food, displays and the friendly staff made it truly an amazing experience! JUAN, our Tour Guide was so informative and approachable ...just perfecto! Our lodge, #41 was clean, lots of room, great water pressure and we will continue to send our... More 

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EugeniaJurado, Director of Sales at Mawamba Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Corvid and John, Thank you so much for visiting us at Mawamba Lodge and for taking the time to write this candid review. It is such a great pleasure to learn that you, as travel agents, enjoyed the trip immensely and will be happy as well to continue working with you and welcoming your travelers at Mawamba odge. I... More 

Poznan, Poland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The "rooms" are cottages located on a strip of land between the ocean and the canal. It's a 15 minute walk from the village and has access to the beach. You will not find AC, TV or a fridge in the rooms but honestly, why would you expect them in a cottage in the jungle? There's officially no wifi in... More 

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Dear LorrainPoznan. What a great, detailed review of your experience. Thank you so much for sharing it and for providing fellow travelers with interesting insight about what Tortuguero is about. I am glad to know that you enjoyed the food, the scenery, the simplicity of life in the Jungle and the joy of learning more about the rainforest and the... More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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137 reviews 137 reviews
47 hotel reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is very typical of the 5 similar forest lodges we've stayed in around the world. Travellers who may be less familiar with this type of accommodation should be aware in advance that they should not expect normal hotel standards. At this price level, rooms/chalets are usually basic and dining facilities tend to be communal, involving queuing for simple local... More 

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Dallas, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is well worth the trip. Cruise down small canals with huge jungle trees over head. Monkeys, sloths and birds galore. The grounds have views of toucans, green macaws, and the like. Lovely Pool and bar area. And great buffet meals three per day included. Wonderful setting and a short walk to the local village. Wonderful part of our... More 

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EugeniaJurado, Director of Sales at Mawamba Lodge, responded to this review

Dear trailboot, Thank you so much for writing and for taking the time to review your experience at Mawamba Lodge and Tortuguero Canals. Itis wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed the wildlife of the area, and also the servicxes provided in our Lodge, making it a special part of your Costa RIca vacation. This is definitely the true tropics... More 

Lancashire England
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161 reviews 161 reviews
78 hotel reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lodge is in a lovely setting on a narrow piece of land between the river on one side and the beach on the other. The bungalows are well spaced out in lovely gardens which attract many birds and iguanas. There are paths through the gardens which have a frog garden and butterfly house.The bungalows have ceiling fans and low... More 

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EugeniaJurado, Director of Sales at Mawamba Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Marilyn W, I am so glad to know that you enjoyed your trip to Tortuguero, thank you for taking the time not only to write but to share the photos of your experience. Your concise but detaled description of the experience reflects how much you enjoyed it. Muchas gracias! we hope that if your travels bring you back to... More 

ottawa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just returned from a 10 day tour of Costa Rica with Gate 1 travel. This is our second tour with them and they did not disappoint us. Gate 1 booked us at Mawamba lodge which was fabulous. The food was great, buffet style, so you could always find something to your taste. We were right on the river and our... More 

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EugeniaJurado, Director of Sales at Mawamba Lodge, responded to this review

Dear buka7, I am delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay at Mawamba Lodge. We are very glad that Gate1 one booked you with us and that you had a great time with your tour guide Luis, while exploring and discovering the natural beauty the Tortuguero National Park has to offer. Muchas gracias More 

London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located between the beach and the Tortuguera canals, with its own lovely wildlife gardens, the Mawamba Lodge could hardly be more beautifully situated. But for us, it's appeal ended there. The cabins are dark and sparsely furnished, and become somewhat depressing after a while. The bedding was inadequate. I was cold at night and there was only one pillow each.... More 

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EugeniaJurado, Director of Sales at Mawamba Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Peter D, I am glad to hear you enjoyed Tortuguero, the wildlife and the gardes of MAwamba Lodge. I must address your negative points to remind every reader that ours, is a Jungle Eco Lodge located in a fragile environment. Of course we serve and offer coffee and tea during our meal times. We start at 5:30 am with... More 

NE England
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243 reviews 243 reviews
74 hotel reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed here as part of a group tour of Costa Rica and it seemed that most of the clientele were also on group tours. The location is very good, being positioned on the Tortuguero canal, ideal for the viewing of wildlife, particularly birds by boat. The cabins were clean and well appointed in pleasant well kept gardens, with a... More 

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Surf City, New Jersey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
36 hotel reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Mawamba sells itself as a nature lodge, and it lives up to that image. This is a nature lodge at it's best. The pool is a great addition. Take time to enjoy the frog and butterfly garden in the Mawamba Park. The great part about this lodge is it's location on the narrow strip of land with the river on... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I loved Mawamba Lodge! The cabins are small but have excellent layout (2 benches for luggage, shelves and hooks for hanging things) They have a chair and hammock on the front porch and a nice bathroom. The lodge is nicely laid out, good mix of privacy and interaction. The restaurant/bar/pool area is great! I liked that we sat with the... More 

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Address: Tortuguero Canals, Tortuguero 10980-1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Mawamba Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 54
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Also Known As:
Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero Hotel Tortuguero
Mawamba Lodge Costa Rica/Tortuguero

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