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Mawamba Lodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Tortuguero Canals, Tortuguero 10980-1000, Costa Rica   |  
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Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States
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90 reviews 90 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Pampered in the Jungle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Two night packages seem to be the norm here, but we stayed three and were glad we did. We never stayed in a place with a guide and group organization before. It was a little weird doing the activities and meals together but overall it was enjoyable. Our guide Anna Maria was a wonderful person, full of energy at all times of the day. The grounds were great to explore despite the nearly constant threat of rain. We had a standard room which was fine. No windows, just screens and shutters. No AC just a ceiling fan. But it put you right into the environment. We could hear the roar of the ocean out the back and the boats on the river out the front when there wasn't a downpour of rain, even the rain was amazing.
The meals were wonderful. We ate too much. The bar was great. The staff was outstanding. The nearby village of Tortuguero was very interesting. The trips on the boats were fun with loads to see.
This was are favorite place on our trip to CR.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Tortuguero it's by it self a magical place, but not every hotel offers such a great service and delicious foods, also this hotel offers different tours with expert guides, you can also walk to the town located 15 min away or 5 min on boat. Great experience if you are looking forward to relax and enjoy the wonderful gifts from the nature!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights and after a slightly hair raising boat journey in, found the resort to be nice and luxurious. The cabins were clean, spacious and very comfortable. The grounds are fantastic with loads of wildlife to spot and dedicated frog and butterfly houses. Pool is very nice and unlike some of the other resorts you can walk along the paths or beach to Tortuguero Town in about 20 mins. The bar is well stocked with cocktails and cold beers and there is a shop for any little souvenirs. A couple of disappointments firstly we were sold a 530am trip to see wildlife for $25 but later found out a free one was included in the late morning. Secondly whilst most of the food was amazing, we had fish for lunch ( very nice) it was clearly re-heated for dinner. Also some food nets for the fruit wouldn't go a miss as flies were a issue.

The guide we had both on the water and around the grounds was amazing and overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

Excelent Place, it's really "a must" if you're visiting costa rica. I love it's front garden the river/canal and at it’s beach at the Caribbean Ocean. Its definately a paradise. The rooms are very confortable and the food menu is excelent!! I had the fortune of watching amazing animals during the tours, even the birth of around 200 baby turttles at the front beach!!!! thumbs up & five stars *****

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dendermonde, België
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

The only thing we regret about Mawamba is the fact that we only stayed for 2 nights.
The organisation and staff were excellent, our guide Ana Maria was wonderful and passionate.
All the good things you read about Mawamba are true, don't hesitate, this is truly a very nice place, just take an extra day to relax..

Room Tip: ask for the rooms at the end of the park, they are BIG and have an astonishing bathroom...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We stayed at Mawamba lodge for 3 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this idyllic location. One of only two hotels in the area that have as a front garden the Tortuguero river/canal and at it’s back the Caribbean Ocean. We chose it because of its location hoping to see green turtles hatching as we new the nesting season had just finished. We were with a group of 12 people of mixed nationalities, which was a good size and we all got on well. The tour was for 2 nights fully inclusive of guide, tours, accommodation and food. After two hectic days we were glad that we had booked an extra night when all the group and our guide left so that we could chill. The hotel does rotate its menu every two days as this is usually the amount of time most guest stay. On our third night we would have been quite happy to eat the buffet food again, as it had all been good with plenty of choices but when we arrived at the restaurant they brought out two delicious steaks for us, which we thought was a lovely gesture. We had two boat trips during our stay and also a visit to the local village - all were good and informative. The wildlife was amasing and we saw three types of monkeys, a sloth, jesus christ lizards, snakes, butterflies, three types of frogs, bats as well as lots of birds including herons, toucans and a beautiful slaty-tailed trogan. The grounds had various sanctuaries for wildlife and we saw three types of frogs including the picturesque, Red Leaf Tree Frog. Our guide, Ana was a delight and answered everyone’s questions and made the trip even more memorable. We did have a lot of rain but it did not spoil the trip and on our third night during a heavy thunderstorm I witnessed over a hundred baby turtles clambering for the ocean - a truly memorable event. If you are going to this area then be sure to book this hotel its in the best location and you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bradenton FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Our trip 10 days ago couldn't have been better We knew we were still in the rainy season and that did stop a planned fishing trip but everything else was wonderful. RT transportation from the San Jose area (we were in Alajuela and that was arranged and included), all meals including going and coming with buffet style on the property, were plentiful and good- a great price for all of this. Hope you get Juan Merino as a guide as he knew so much and was most helpful! We were able to see baby turtles and more. Rooms are simple and nice- we weren't expecting the Ritz. No a/c but evenings were cool. There is a safe in every room so don't know why someone woudn't have their wallet in the safe (from another review). Service was excellent from start to finish. I will go back and next time would plan a 3rd night over to get in fishing and kayaking. Loved it!!!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 #7 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Tortuguero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Mawamba Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 54
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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Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero Hotel Tortuguero
Mawamba Lodge Costa Rica/Tortuguero

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