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Mawamba Lodge
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Reviewed May 12, 2014

One of the best places we visited in Costa Rica. So exciting arriving by river and fabulous situation between the wild Pacific Ocean turtle beach and the mysterious Canales edged by jungle. We really enjoyed every tour they offered as part of the package and also went out in the misty dawn on a boat ride when the birds and monkeys were more active. We met caimans, crocs, spider, howler and capuchin monkeys; eyelash palm pit viper, bats, basilisks, lizards, poison-dart frogs and lots of birds and butterflies as well as local people from Tortuguero village.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

we stayed here 2 nights in April, the Rooms were basic with a comfortable bed we had a rocking chair and a hammock on the porch which was just outside our bedroom door. The grounds were beautiful with a butterfly garden and a frog enclosure. The food was very nice the portions were not very large but if you asked they were a obliging and gave you more.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 10, 2014

This lodge is rustic to be sure. The beds are uncomfortable - nothing but springs. There is very little privacy - no way to cover the windows without closing the shutters and cutting off the little bit of air blowing into the hot space. It was very hot and humid. We took lots of showers to cool off but our towels would't dry. The food was just okay. For the good part - the grounds were beautiful. You are right on the ocean and close to town. The canal trips through the rainforest are wonderful and we saw lots of wildlife. We had a great guide - Anna.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

We stayed here over Easter week in April with two kids. We were worried about it as it was such a long trip... Bus ride, boat ride... But in fact the getting there was half the fun and even the kids, who are not great travelers, loved it. The hotel arranges everything, picking you up in San Jose, taking a bus ride through very scenic roads and then the boat. Tortuguero is gorgeous.. Canals, mangroves, jungle, with monkeys, birds, caimans. Very relaxing boat rides in the canal. The cabins are rustic but very comfortable, and you really feel remote.. At night you hear the sounds of the jungle and the waves crashing. On our balcony we saw fords and in the grounds, lizards, iguanas, snakes. Kids were in heaven! Our tour guide was really nice and went out of her way, her name was Cynthia.

All in all a unique memory and would definitely recommend this if you are looking to get away from it all.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

My second trip to Tortuguero, my sister's first, we loved our stay at the Mawamba Lodge! Nice grounds, simple rooms, open air eating buffet style. I especially like the fact that we are so close to nature, canal on one side , ocean on the other, and OH, the iguanas! Love the Iguanas on the grounds! A very special place.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
1  Thank Cheryl J
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

Stayed here for two nights and had a great time. We've travelled a lot but this place is remote and really unique. Mawamba Lodge is superbly located - easy to walk into Torteguero along the beach or take a trip on the canal. The grounds and swimming pool area are lovely. We thought the cabins were a bit spartan at first but actually they are very clean and have all of the essentials. Wildlife trips on the canal were great and there's lots to do for a 2 day stay.

Our only small negative would be the food and evenings. Self service dinner was functional rather than something to be savoured and there was no real communal area to congregate, reflect on the day and chill out other than the poolside bar which uses plastic glasses. Given the early starts we weren't expecting anything amazing but a cozy bar area with comfy chairs and real glasses would have been nice to finish the day.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank MikeH98
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

The Mawamba Lodge is set what feels like, a long way from civilisation. The riverboat journey in, was an experience in its self with the pilot stopping to view wildlife (mainly monkeys) on the way in.
The huts are basic but adequate for a couple of days. Don't expect much privacy. It felt like I was back at school on a field trip. Food is dished out with hardly any choice for all meals. Go on the 5.30am boat trip to see the most wildlife. Frank is very knowledgeable on the wildlife and geography of the region.

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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 #3 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Tortuguero
Price Range: $277 - $577 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 Costa Rica/Tortuguero

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