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“A Must See in Tortuguero!” 5 of 5 stars
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Mawamba Lodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Tortuguero Canals, Tortuguero 10980-1000, Costa Rica   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“A Must See in Tortuguero!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We spent two nights at Mawamba Lodge. We were picked up early at our hotel in San Jose by our tour guide Frank. We took a bus ride and stopped for breakfast along the way. It took about two hours to reach La Pavona where we then took about an hour boat ride through the canals. That is where our adventure began!!

We saw wildlife throughout the canals. The dense tropical landscape was so beautiful. We arrived to a giant iguana falling out of a tree. We quickly learned that this was a common occurrence. We were assigned our room number and dropped our things off in our room and then headed over for lunch. We then explored the grounds and the beach. The grounds are very tropical, green, and the wildlife is all around. With no cars for miles we felt that we were secluded in paradise. Our group then took a boat ride into the town of Tortuguero and we were able to explore and learn about their history. We were able to walk back to the lodge which was about 20 minutes along the beach.

The next day we took the 5:45 am canal tour. This was not included in our package but I STRONGLY recommend it. The feeling to be out on the canal with the sun just rising was amazing. The natural beauty of Tortuguero was all around just awaking for us to see. We saw two kinds of monkeys, many birds, a cayman, bats, lizards, iguanas. This was absolutely one the most memorable parts of our trip. We came back and had breakfast and then did a tour around the grounds with our group. We stopped at both butterfly gardens and the frog sanctuary. We were able to sit out by the pool and relax for a bit as well. We then took the 2pm boat tour in which we explored different canals from the early morning tour but it was just as full of wildlife and great photo opportunities.

We left the lodge at 9 am the following day. We met lots of nice people from all over the world! Mawamba Lodge is amazing. The staff is so friendly and welcoming. This is a must see if you are visiting Costa Rica. Definitely somewhere I will remember forever and hopefully return to soon!!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

We have stayed in numerous lodges. But these lodges are a huts with 3 bedrooms so you have no sound proofing from the adjacent rooms therefore no privacy.
The rooms lack maintenance and the staff are off hand.
It is a pity the location is fantastic. The wild life is great we saw hatching of baby turtles going to the sea in December.... during the day .

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We loved this lodge, the wildlife amazing, friendly people, beautiful scenery and awesome Carribean beach. We went on a few boat trips into the canals which were full of wildlife. We did a very earlymorning 5.30 am boat trip but it wasn't necessary as we saw more inthe afternoon. Liquor is expensive but we bought our bottle of wine in town, much cheaper. Go now before more tourists discover it.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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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
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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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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

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
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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 31 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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Also Known As:
Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero Hotel Tortuguero
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