We were picked up in San Jose by the Manatus team and driven to the river quay where you meet the boat to the hotel. The trip down river was just brilliant, the scenery spectacular.
Our first view of the hotel, was of the over the landing stage viewing area, great for watching the river and wildlife.
The owner greeted us and we were quickly shown to our excellent, comfortable room with two comfy 4 posters and great air conditioner! The restaurant was good, the staff great, really friendly. Perhaps most people stay only 2 nights but by the 3rd we really could have done with a 'special' on the menu as lunch and dinner did get a bit repetitive
( although the sushi and fish were really good.)
The thing about Manatus is the wildlife. Travelling by boat through the rivers and waterways is a brilliant way to see things and get back quickly should it rain. We were lucky only half a day but it can be longer. The boat captain Leo and Chito our guide managed to find an amazing variety, spider, white faced and howler monkeys, cayman, otter, sloath and endless birdlife.
Watch out when going into the jungle behind the lodge the mosquitos are just waiting for you but it is worth it to see the minute blue jean poisonous frogs.
Good swimming pool that you can watch the river from and if you want a massage, the hotel will call and someone arrives and provides an excellent relaxing service.
We were lucky to be there at the time the turtles lay their eggs. Not quite the 'them and us' visit we imagined with a whole group of eager people waiting in the dark for the poor thing to lay its eggs. We were reassured that she was unaware of us and that many other turtles were left undisturbed, so we were grateful for that.
Flying back from Tortuguero is a 25minute buzz to San Jose - but if you are like me and don't like small planes, seeing a 12 seater arrive makes the knees tremble, however having spent 3 days bouncing up and down on the river, I just closed my eyes and pretended I was back on the boat - it works.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manatus is the only hotel in Tortuguero that offers all the comforts of the modern world in an exotic and wild environment. Our hotel is an oasis of peace surrounded by a real wildlife sanctuary. Experience ecotourism and adventure, and then relax and enjoy the wonderful amenities of our hotel. Come live the Manatus experience! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manatus Hotel Tortuguero
- Manatus Hotel Costa Rica/Tortuguero