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Pachamama Tropical Garden Lodge
1 km from cross route , 50 m from the beach, Mal Pais 5361, Costa Rica   |  
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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Don't hesitate --- BOOK IT!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

Don't miss an opportunity to stay here!!! Everything is possible at Pachamama – surf, yoga, bonfires on the beach at sunset, bbqs, fishing, hikes, day excursions, horseback riding, quad tours… along with peace, harmony and a taste of PURA VIDA! I lived at here for two months this past year and can’t say enough GREAT things about this place.

Besides the fact that you are living in a tropical paradise, the best thing about Pachamama are the people. The folks there ensured that my time with them exceeded my expectations. Franz knows all the sweet spots and will go out of his way to make his guests feel “at home”. Amancio takes phenomenal care of the gardens and never missed an opportunity to wish me a good day or to find out how I was doing. Marisol takes pride in her work as a housekeeper and made sure my bungalow was perfect for me every day. And having been there for two months, I met a lot of the guests, and the people who stay at Pachamama were also SUPER COOL and were an important part of my experience --- everyone wanted to make the most of their time in Mal Pais and were always ready for FUN!

When I was looking for accommodations, I wanted to stay somewhere where I could do my photography and cultivate my yoga practice, which meant I needed secure accommodations and a place that appreciated some solitude. Pachamama met both these criteria --- I felt safe at all times and my yoga practice became a daily part of the rhythm of life at Pachamama.

Some would consider the accommodations at Pachamama to be “basic” but there really isn’t a need for more in this climate. I stayed in one of the bungalows, which was equipped with a fridge, stove, bathroom (with a hot water shower), ceiling fan, hammock, outdoor eating area and a great bed. The bungalow was perfect for me – well organized, clean and private.

If you are looking for a laid-back, authentic experience in Mal Pais, get your @ss to Pachamama! It will likely be the best vacation you’ve ever had!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011

We stayed at Pachamama Nov. 16-20. We were in the house which I highly recommend. The house has all natural wood and the doors & windows open up to the outdoors. The upstairs room has big wooden doors that open up to a deck/outdor sitting area. We kept the doors open all night long, and in the morning we all enjoyed the deck, looking out at the jungle, animals while having our coffee. Franz the proprietor usually walked by to see how things were going. The house has a side patio with a built in BBQ. This is where we spent alot of evenings and down time. 2 racoons would come by for a visit. Franz the proprietor is very accommodating and helps in any way. He took our grandson out to cut down coconuts and help us sort out details with connecting with friends and family in Santa Teresa. We were in town for our daughters wedding and the house provided enought room and comfort for us to come back to at the end of the day to relax. We thought this might be our last trip to Costa Rica but after this experience I am sure Franz will be seeing us again. Maybe for our grandsons wedding some year.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

Pachamama was a fantastic experience for my wife and I while traveling through the Nicoya Peninsula. The bungalow we rented was huge and complete with a safe, full kitchen, hammock, mosquito net, outdoor shower, and shady upstairs deck to escape the sun. The place was full of other bonuses like a beautiful built-in BBQ and private outdoor lounge, too. This was a very fun place to eat dinner and play cards! What's more, unlike many of the places we saw in Mal Pais, the lodge is walled off from the main road providing security and a sense of enclosure for the tropical garden Franz has cultivated throughout the grounds. It's beautiful! Speaking of Franz, he was a very helpful and charming host. He's a busy guy but always managed to be around when we needed him. He's a great resource on pretty much anything happening in the region so don't be afraid to ask him questions. Have fun!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

after two years of living and visiting all over Costa Rica, i found HOME! The safest, most tranquillo location i have been, Magical Mal Pais... inside Pachamama! Clean, safe, freedom to come and go as you please. The owern from Austria and the people working with him for over 8 years is like along lost cousin. They invite you with smiles and fun to live and be as you please! Thank you for the amazing visit!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 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
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Goodyear, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2011

This place is Amazing, we have traveled all over the world and this is the most friendly, accommodating and at home we have ever felt. Take my advice you won’t have a better time anywhere else. Frankie and Mara were the perfect hosts. It was the perfect getaway from our usually hectic life, surfing in the morning chilling in the hammocks, exploring , eating, drinking (ask Frankie about which is the best rum?) and having fun. There’s monkeys, millions of different birds, raccoons it's brilliant. Best place that I have ever stayed.

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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

If you're going to Mal Pais then you'd be crazy not to stay here. We loved being here almost as much as being in Mal Pais. Franz is the best host you could find, maybe in all of Costa Rica. His recommendations for local eats never steered us wrong, and he knows all about the beach, whether surfing or boogie boarding. We felt very comfortable and very safe. Families or friends would be happy staying here.

The property is immaculate and beautiful. There are different kinds of fruit trees, hammocks to lay in, and a place to view the beautiful beach sunsets. It's very close to the beach, and a short drive to surf spots, although you could probably walk there too if you wanted.

We stayed in the bungalow our first night, which is a cozy set up. It was their hotter season in Mal Pais and we decided the bungalow was too warm, and since the house was available we traded to have A/C. The house is so fabulous! We were glad to have stayed there. It's like all the comforts of a resort without a super touristy feel. I think if we'd spent the whole time in Costa Rica there we probably never would have wanted to leave.

We can't say enough kind things about Franz. He'll go out of his way to help you have an enjoyable stay in Mal Pais. As is typical in Costa Rica for all places, it can be a little difficult to find. A helpful landmark for us was the little power station. If you're coming from Santa Elena, the power station will be on your left and Pachamama will be just a few meters more down the road also on the left. If you took the crazy bumpy road from Montezuma, it'll be on your right and if you hit the station you've gone too far.

Be sure to ask Franz for recommendations, you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2011

Arrived at Pachamama and were immediately treated like long time friends even though this was our first trip. Franz the owner is the most wonderful host. We were provided with fresh fruit from the property several tes during our visit. The property is immaculately kept and the houses are spotless. There is no other place in Mal Pais that compares.

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 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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Additional Information about Pachamama Tropical Garden Lodge

Also Known As:
Pachamama Tropical Garden Lodge Costa Rica/Mal Pais
Address: 1 km from cross route , 50 m from the beach, Mal Pais 5361, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Specialty lodging in Mal Pais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pachamama Houses and Bungalows is the perfect place for people who like sports, nature, sun and beach. Only 1 km away is Cabo Blanco, the first national park created in Costa Rica, in 1963.We have two bungalows, each with a double bed and shared terrace for $60 a night, monthly $1400. A third bungalow is on a second floor with a double bed and private terrace. All lodgings are fully equipped with hammock, kitchen, fridge, fan, private bathroom with hot water. The house for rent has air condition and is fully equipped. There are 2 bedrooms, a beautiful terrace with BBQ, outside shower, hammock for $140 per night, monthly $2800. We have wireless internet, security 24 hours, private parking and cleaning service. It is the best option, for relaxing and enjoying the nature. We have a lot of wildlife in our tropical garden: butterflies, exotic birds and monkeys hanging around in the trees, and our coati, a sort of raccoon, which always comes to pick up his breakfast from us. The bungalows and the house are about 50m from the beautiful and quiet beach of Mal Pais. Here surfers find perfect waves year round. Air temperature is 30-35 degrees and water 24-26. We offer surfboard rentals and surf lessons. I'm a passionate kite surfer and if there is coming up some wind I'm in the ocean with a 16 m2 Kite. The wind is 15-20 knots from January to May. It is possible to rent a small house for $80 a night as well. It is fully equipped in a very beautiful and quiet place only 200m from the beach. Perfect location for 2 people. Monthly $1500We can reserve a hotel and transfer in San Jose, or book you a rental car in San Jose or in Mal Pais. ... more   less 
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