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Pachamama Jungle River Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Punta Uva B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 27, 2011

I already reviewed for Pachamama once following our honeymoon in Winter of 2010 and after reading a couple of negative reviews felt compelled to post again - this place is amazing, hands down - just do your research before your visit! Cathy and Bill are amazing hosts and your experience here at Pachamama and Puerto Viejo in general is all in what you make of it. If you are expecting to sleep in a five-star hotel with crisp linens, bleached floors, butler service, chocolates on your pillow every night and no indications of the wildlife you've immersed yourself in, then Puerto Viejo in general is not the direction you want to be headed in, and you'll want to look into visiting other areas of the country. If you care deeply about leaving a gentle footprint, for preserving this beautiful land.... if the idea of being lulled to sleep at night and awakened at sunrise by the sounds of the rainforest is enticing, if taking impromptu adventures into town by bicycle, exploring pristine beaches, snorkeling in vibrant waters, savoring fresh fruit and delicious coffee, photographing wild horses, slowing down your pace and connecting with nature, surfing, and making new friends with kind-hearted locals and visitors alike in a rather "unconventional" setting is more of your scene, then you've come to the right place and you will not find a better deal for your dollar in Puerto Viejo than Pachamama. Cathy and Bill go to *such* great lengths to keep their patrons happy and comfortable and for such little cost. If there is EVER anything you need to make your stay more comfortable or enjoyable, don't be shy to respectfully speak up - Bill and Cathy are more than happy to help you out. If there is anything you're unsure of in your decision to book your stay, send them an email and they'll answer any questions you may have. Their easygoing, positive attitudes are contagious, only adding to the uniqueness of your experience at Pachamama. Please don't miss out on this beautiful gem. Make the most of every day you have here because it goes by so quickly. I can't wait to go back some day.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

Our stay @ Pachamama was amazing! To wake up to monkeys all over and Bills amazing hospitality and yummy dishes! Our home away from home~Pachamama!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

Wow. We miss Costa Rica already, and Pachamama was perfect for what we wanted on our vacation. You really do wake to howler monkeys which is soo cool. Three of us stayed in the house, and we stocked the fridge at the market down the road (great, cheap coffee!). We cooked several meals to eat on the porch to save money. Bill cooked us a couple meals, too, which were fantastic! There are great restaurants (on beach or in jungle -Jungle Love and Salsa Brava were our favorites), which are a short bus ride away. We spent lots of time swimming at the beach (very short walk), which is gorgeous. You can even kayak to the beach down the river from Pachamama. My 14 year old took a couple days to adapt to no TV, but after we did the ziplining, he was hooked! There really is tons to do even though it's a remote area. A week was not enough. The Jaguar Rescue was a must see (no jaguars, but you can hold baby monkeys and learn alot)! Even though it was rainy season, it only rained really one full day (and we still kayaked in the rain on the river which was soo cool). Otherwise, it just rained maybe at night or for a quick spurt. Did not need our rain gear, nobody really used it there. At Pachamama, Bill helped us arrange the ziplining, a local fishing trip, and was always available for the tons of questions we had. He is very kind and accomodating (and funny!). I was glad I didn't pre-schedule some of our activities, because we just decided what to do based on the weather, and scheduled things to do day by day (with Bill's help). Based on the reviews I'd read, we were prepared for bug heaven, but I am serious when I say we did not get bit alot. At night we sat on the porch, listening to the sounds and drinking a beer, and we got bit less than we do here in Connecticut. Maybe other times of the year are worse, but we did not even use the Deet we brought. Obviously, since it's the rainforest, things are damp and musty. Bring some incense- it helps alot. And Bill did laundry for us, too. There was plenty of hot water for showers, and our house was cleaned and provided with fresh towels regularly. The ceiling fans did work fine, and it was warm at night, but certainly not too hot. Of course there were some larger insects here and there but we didn't mind that and photographed them! If you are looking to experience the real Costa Rica Caribbean at a great price with beach and rainforest and a wonderful host who is happy to help you, then Pachamama is for you. Before scheduling your airfare, keep in mind that local buses don't start too early in the am, and it's a 4 1/2 hour trip to the airport. We ended up having to take a private van back to the airport which cost $195 but it was actually kinda nice cuz it had AC and the driver stopped at a really yummy local place for breakfast. My only complaint was a rooster from some neighbor which would not shut up at 4am, but I think Bill is planning on making rooster stew soon, so hopefully it will not be a problem in the future. :)

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 28, 2011

My girlfriend and I stayed in one of the bungalows that was attached to another bungalow. Bill and Kathy were wonderful hosts who provided a nice, relaxing atmosphere for us to enjoy our vacation. In addition, they provided a delicious home-cooked breakfast (chocolate chip pancakes as one meal) for us to enjoy while listening to the various sounds and sights the rain forest had to offer. We would definitely recommend Bill and Kathy's bungalow's to anyone looking for a good place to stay while venturing in Costa Rica. Thanks!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2011

Using Gecko Trails as your traveling agency is a must, they never fail! Once arriving to the gates of Pachamama, I felt out of place when I was toting my luggage through the gates and into the JUNGLE! But all was well then Bill showed us to our one bed room house. The property is just a 3 minute walk to the beach and a short bicycle ride. We absolutely loved the stay there at Pachamama but the I think the best part about it was the food. Every morning, Bill prepared breakfast. Between the omelettes, french toast, and banana pancakes with sides of fresh fruit and coffee, every meal was incredible. The First two days in Puerto Viejo, we spent a good bit of money on eating out at differently restaurants. Then Bill whipped up one of his famous recipes (panfried sea-bass), absolutely incredible and very affordable.
Overall my experience at Pachamama was great. I recommend this place for anyone to stay at. Be sure to read everything about the property before arriving so there isn't any shock!

Thanks again Bill for the great time! Hope to come back to the area soon!
-Jared and Morgan

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

The owner Bill is very kind, and knowledgable about the area, its obvious he loves living here. He upgraded us to a larger bungalow because it wasn't going to be occupied during our trip, that was a nice bonus! The bungalow itself was okay, our patio faced the jungle but we were also on the main road, we could hear every truck/car/person that went by. Our room was clean but not spectacular, we didn't have hot water and we were told us for 2 days that it was going to be fixed but that never happened, we were told to use the shower in the cabin next door. Each morning we went up the house and Bill brought breakfast to our rooms, a simple breakfast but it was good. Overall this place is just okay, owner is helpful but accomodations look much better online than do in person. The town of Punta Uva itself is very quiet, not really much to do besides the beach or travel in to Puerto Viejo for the day.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

We stayed at the Pachamama house the first week of June 2011. We were a little concerned based on some of the other reviews. First, the beds do NOT have bed bugs. The only problem we had with bugs were the mosquitoes. That is easily solved by keeping yourself protected with bug spray. The mosquitoes were not in the house and you were protected at night under the mosquito nets.

This is a true Costa Rica experience and after traveling around for 2 1/2 weeks realized everybody has roosters and they do get up early. We were also pleasantly awakened by the Howler Monkeys almost every morning. Earplugs would be advised for anywhere in Costa Rica. The location was gorgeous. The house was located right in the jungle but was easy walking distance to the beaches. We had a car so we got around quite easily. The Punta Uva location gives you access to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We snorkeled in Manzanillo, body surfed in Punta Uva and swam at a lot of the beaches. Every beach is slightly different.

Bill was an excellent cook as many people described. He was very prompt in delivering our food and at a very reasonable price. He cooked us breakfast a couple mornings and he made us an amazing fish dinner as well as pizza for our 11 year old. We received clean towels every couple days and our sheets were changed too. He also provides your drinking water. He was an excellent host.

This was a true jungle experience that my family and I will never forget.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Address: | between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo, Punta Uva, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70304, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca > Punta Uva
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Punta Uva
Price Range: $82 - $191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pachamama Jungle River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
South of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, 8 kilometers from Puerto Viejo, within the “Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge,” Estelle and Florian welcome you, 200 meters from the wonderful Punta Uva beach, in their lush tropical garden at the edge of a river. Punta Uva beaches, ideal for swimming and all very beautiful are located 200 meters from Pachamama, at the mouth of Rio Ernesto, our jungle river. Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of tropical nature, while still being steps or paddles from the beach and close to local restaurants and activities. ... more   less 
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Pachamama House & Bungalows Hotel Manzanillo
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