I stayed in a small lodge in Tortuguero 15 years ago and it was the highlight of my trip. I was expecting the same type of laid-back experience this time and was disappointed. Pachira Lodge caters to large group tours and was run somewhat like a cruise ship with tightly regimented meal times, tours and activities. We enquired about a private birding tour and were told that there were no birds to see! We opted out of the village tour and took kayaks out on the canal and explored the grounds near the cabins where we spotted lots of birds. We joined an early morning boat tour the next morning. Unfortunately, our guide was more interested in flirting with two young women than in spotting wildlife. He had no binoculars or bird guides and argued with us when we pointed out birds. He mis-identified several. We have taken part in a number of guided activities and have hired guides throughout our travels in Costa Rica. They have all been incredibly knowledgeable, passionate and professional. This is the first time we encountered a guide that was unprofessional. After this experience, we did not take part in any other tours at the resort.
As for the resort itself, it is OK but a bit tired. The kayaks were OK, paddles were chipped or broken. Rooms were OK; food was OK; service was odd. My friend ordered a beer at the bar and they put ice in it! The pool is nice and the grounds are nice and there is plenty of wildlife - but if it is the jungle experience you are after, I would recommend Selva Verde over Tortuguero.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The lodge is strategically located only 5 minutes away from the extraordinary Tortuguero National Park, and right across the main "canal" facing the town of Tortuguero. Surrounded by a network of very scenic canals, this is considered one of the most exotic regions of the world, characterized by its rich in flora and fauna. Strategically located. 88 comfortable guest rooms. 14 hectares (34 acres). 5 minutes from Tortuguero National Park main entrance. Stay at one of our comfortable rooms with private bathroom, hot water and ceiling fans. Enjoy all our buffet-style meals that are included. Let's cheers with our wine when for dinner. Be our guest at our bar and enjoy our excelent service. Let us show you this paradise with our bilingual tour guides, during the entire trip. Take advantage of our daily departures from San José, with no minimum of passengers required. Travel safety as we get you around comfortably. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pachira Hotel Tortuguero
- Pachira Lodge Costa Rica/Tortuguero