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Pachamama Tropical Garden Lodge
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Linz, Austria
1 review
“pura vida at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2010

mal pais is already very beatiful. but spending your holidays at pachamama tropical garden lodge makes a dream come true.
beautifully maintained garden, different types of accomodation (from tipi to luxury appartement with incredible BBQ facility), no matter what you need franz and mara always have the right advise. from surfboard - to ATV rental, WIFI etc. all from one source.
hast a luego

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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Leobersdorf
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2010

We spent 5 nights at Pacha Mama and really enjoyed it. Franz - the owner - made sure that our vacation was perfect. The surf board rental included private transfer to the beach. We could treat our sunburn with fresh Aloe Vera from the huge garden.

The bungalows are within a large garden, very private and peaceful. There was no noise from the street. Franz offers free wireless internet and makes sure all his guests have everything they need for a perfect vacation.

A great place to stay...

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Vlieland, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2010

its allready my fifth time that i travelled to CR now. And everytime i come down here it feels like comming home. The whole malpias / santa teresa area is so beatifull that i love comming back here and might even plan to live here. Pachamama resort gives me that same feeling. Staying with Franz and Mara gives me the secure feeling of being home with that amazing tropical flavor. Really nice and green. Straight on the main road, and 50 mtrs away from the beach were from here you walk in a lazy 15 min to the best surf break or stay there and watch the most beautiful sunset while anjoy a nice fire ont he beach.
All kinds of restaurants are there around to serve the best food and taste like it should taste.
For the rest its just a big exploration of really nice things to do. waterfalls, fishing, hiking, anjoy a beer in the shade all that kind of stuff but than in a relaxed way..
Pura Vida,
Karel Nouta, Holland

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2010

My husband and I and our 3 1/2year old daughter stayed at Pachamama for 2 months. We were orginally going to stay for 1 month and then find somewhere else for a change of scene. However the place was so amazing and suited our needs that we stayed for the entire time of our Costa Rican holiday. We stayed in the house - its cleaned daily, has very comfy beds , a functional kitchen, big fridge, filtered water for drinking, fast reliable access to the internet (we needed this as we worked whilst in Costa Rica) and best of all an outdoor cold shower (much appreciated), outdoor dining table and bbq. Pachamama doesn't have a swimming pool but it doesn't matter - there are really lovely large natural rock pools nearby that you can do proper swimming in, plus a lot of places that have swimming pools in the area are more than happy for you to use their pool as long as you buy lunch or something like that. The hosts Franz and Mara are extremely friendly, helpful and groovy. We miss them and Mal Pais/Santa Teresa. Our 3 1/2 year old daugher is still taking about Franz and Mara and Costa Rica. She wants to go back there (don't we all). Mal Pais/Santa Teresa area was the perfect holiday for us - bohemian, laid back, groovy cafe's and restaurants, amazing sunsets, surfing and boggie boarding.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2010

Mal Pais is my favorite vacation spot. I have been there 5 times now. The last 4 times I have stayed at PachaMama .

Franz is a great host. He is multi-lingual and can help you with planning your hotel and transfers from San Jose if needed, and your activities while in Mal Pais.

The Lodge is a unique place to stay. Most likely you will have a neighbor if you stay in the bungalows. I have met a lot of nice people this way while lounging in the hammocks on the covered patio. I mimicked the patio at my home in Pittsburgh so that I can pretend I am at PachaMama all summer long.

Also on the property is very nice house if you are traveling with a small group and a huge tipi if you like a camping atmosphere.

Franz has an artsy flair with the décor and painting in his accommodations and they blend very well with the surrounding nature. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained by the resident gardener, Hermancio. Make sure you climb the stairs behind the tipi area to get a great view of the shoreline and watch the sunset.

The food in the area has drastically improved over the last 5 years. There are many great restaurants in any price range.

It is a good idea to have some sort of transportation so that you can explore the area. We rent a quad off of Franz and travel all over with it. There is also a car rental in town.

I can’t wait to return next year!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2010

Last year, I planned out an extended vacation, and wanted to make sure I had the right place. I was set on Costa Rica, and after much investigation, I narrowed it down to the right spot. Sure enough, after a total of six months at Pachamama, I can safely say that Franz has the best place to be in Mal Pais. I scored fantastic surf with great variety everyday and made some great friends. A definite recommendation for an all around great experience of everything Costa Rica at a great value.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2010

Upon arriving to Pachamama's we were in toal "awe" with the tropical serenity and peacfullness. The town offers Costa Rican culture at its best, we settled into our bathingsuits and surfboards with ease and felt blessed to be there.

Behind the walls of Pachamma's you feel at home and at peace with the hospitality and tropical surroundings. Everyone there was so friendly and happy. The differences is languages didn't matter, we had folks speaking Italian, German, French, English and of course Spanish the native language and all enjoying each others company and appreciating each others culture and differences. We had an amazing cultural experience right behind the walls of Pachamam's. Its a world of its own.There is a house to rent, bungalows or a teepee something for everybody.

The surf and adventures are incredible. Fishing village and national park 1 mile away, beach across the street and town less than 1 mile. We rented a 4 wheel quad right at Pachamama's and ventured over to Montezume to enjoy the waterfalls, shopping and restaurants. We also went horse back riding through the jungles and onto the beach. What can I say We love Pachamama's and Mal-Pais. Its the place to go to experience the Costa Rican Culture and feel the serenity of the tropical life. We are ":hooked"

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pachamama Tropical Garden Lodge
Address: 1 km from cross route , 50 m from the beach, Mal Pais 5361, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Mal Pais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Pachamama Tropical Garden Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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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