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
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pachamama Tropical Garden Lodge Costa Rica/Mal Pais