Between the boat rides to and from the lodge and the various canal safaris, you spend a lot of time on the water here, and that is part of the charm of this place. You really do feel as though you have escaped from the world, especially out on the water looking for wildlife, and yet all the essential comforts are provided for. It is a good place to rediscover the virtues of the simple life. Rooms are spacious and clean, with towels folded in the shape of kissing swans to greet you. The ceiling fan is sufficient for keeping you comfortable, and at night it gets cool enough to turn it off. It's a treat to sleep with the sounds of the rainforest and the very distant Caribbean in the background. Cicadas whirr through the night, and howler monkeys will wake you up around 5:30. In our forays back and forth on boats and around the beautifully planted property, we saw tiger herons, green ibises, anhinga chicks, a sungrebe, a hummingbird nest, northern jacanas, an owl butterfly, a pit viper, and many monkeys, as well as numerous North American migrant herons. Butterfies and hummingbirds were plentiful. The pool is lovely. We were surprised by how few bugs there were, but there had been very little rain at the time we were here (even in the rainforest!) so perhaps it is not always so bug-free. If you are not a birder, you might not want to make the effort to come all the way out here when the sea turtles are not laying their eggs, but I would have been happy to stay here much longer.
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- Also Known As:
- Pachira Hotel Tortuguero
- Pachira Lodge Costa Rica/Tortuguero