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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Just perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Mal Pais is one of those places in the world that sucks you in and makes you never want to leave, and Pachamama is one of those places where days turn into weeks... It is set in beautiful, well-kept gardens, where the buildings look and feel a natural part of the surroundings. There is an outside shower to cool off from the beach, and plenty wildlife in the grounds - a family of howler monkeys, the resident iguana and skunk pottering around, pretty Paula the owl not to mention other birds. And Franz is very proud of his tree orchids :)

We stayed in one of the bungalows which was just right for two people, as long as you know each other well as the bathroom is just screened off the main room. Whilst the rooms are not luxurious and therefore may not be for everyone, they have everything you need and the setting is so wonderful and the hammock so comfy that the occasional ant in the kitchen is nothing to worry about.

Pachamama is in a great spot as you can cut through the land across the road to get to the amazing little rocky beach, and there is a wonderful place to eat and drink opposite (Caracolas). The notorious dusty road that runs through Mal Pais may be getting closer to being paved, but in the meantime take a scarf to put over your face if walking into Santa Teresa. Or take the beach route!

Franz creates a relaxed atmosphere amongst his guests, organising group meal outings and the occasional party. You can hire the quad bike, or arrange surfing lessons. Franz knows his stuff and can be trusted. Armancio the caretaker/ groundsman is a legendary character.

Thanks Franz and Marta - and sorry it has taken a while to write this review. We have been in denial since coming back to cold old UK. But I do keep my promises! We will be back some day. E y R x

Room Tip: 2 adjoining one room bungalows, a two bedroom house and the teepee if you are on a budget. Brilliant...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

We have been traveling to Mal Pais for the last 8 years or so and we always stay at Pachamama. Franz is a great host and can help you with anything that you need. His property is beautiful and well kept by Amancio, the resident grounds keeper, who is also a very good cook should you decide to have a BBQ while you are there. The bungalows are comfortable and clean and have a kitchen area. I would suggest some mode of transportation whether it be a car or a quad. There is now a great restaurant across the street, Caracolas, and a nieghborhood bar down the street, Rancho Mal Pais, but it is a little bit of a walk to get to town and without some form of transportation, you will miss out on a lot of the beauty of the surrounding area. However, Pachamama is beautiful on its own, should you just want to hang out there on a hammock and make new friends.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Amazing place with very comfortable lodging. Though it's about a mile from Santa Teresa, it was well worth it. I'd recommend getting transportation if you don't like to walk - rent a bike or ATV, depending on if you want to check out the town. Franz provides great service all around. There are amazing top views for sunsets. Franz is a great host and great guy and I highly recommend this place!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

We stayed at Pachamama for 7 days and can only recommend it. Der Franz der kanns! Franz was very helpful in every way, the house that we stayed in was very romantic. For everybody visiting Mal Pais, this is the perfect place to stay, whether you are looking for a quiet retreat or a place to meet good people.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

The intensity of my work requires regular escapes into the quiet jungles of Costa Rica. I have visited Costa Rica 8 times in the last seven years and stayed in many places throughout the country. I have found an area (Mal Pais) that I will return to again and again and accomedations there that I will also use every time I go there - Pacha Mama (mother earth). The eco compound has beautiful gardens, a limited amount of friendly guests and many levels of relaxation. I can go zip lining, horseback riding or surfing or escape to my hammock with a book. If I want excitement - its there. If I want to be alone - that's available also. Great for solo travelers, couples or families. Good for young or old. Google Mal Pais Angela and look at the 4 minutes film and enjoy the flavor of Mal Pais. Peter Trent, Philadelphia, USA

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

The whole area is filled with animals like howler monkeys, squirrels, parrots, white-face monkeys etc... You can do fishing, surfing, kite-surfing, shops, nice restaurents, walking on the beach, swim in the sea... Other activities are close like montezuma waterfalls, cabo blanco for hiking!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I stayed in Pachamama at the end of the low season traveling solo when it was fairly quiet in the town - Franz went out of his way to make me welcome and help orient me - a thoughtful and really chilled out host. I loved Mal Pais and Pachamama was the perfect accommodation for me - I stayed in a bungalow - simple, rustic and comfortable - authentic and full of soul - and good value. The jungle garden creates a beautifully harmonious setting - 3 nights weren't enough, Mal Pais is great - I didn't want to leave and plan to return, and if I do, I will head straight to Pachamama... Thanks Franz!

Room Tip: I saw all the room and they were all great!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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: 1 km from cross route , 50 m from the beach, Mal Pais 5361, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
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Ranked #1 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Mal Pais
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Number of rooms: 5
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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