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Pachamama Jungle River Lodge
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

i read the reviews and wasnt sure of what to think before i stayed here. read great things about the place and owner and others too.
i am sure that people that spoke bad about the place, must have gotten in some very bad time or went somewhere else.
the place is absolutely beatufil, you have to lke the woods, of course beacuse this is in the middle of it! if you dont like humidity, then costa rica is not for you!
the bungalows are comfortable, clean and they have everything we needed and more
and bill is generous, kind and pure heart. he cook us breakfast, pancakes, fruit, coffee. everything included! he lent us bikes, no kayaking for us, only because we didnt want to!
i am sorry for the ones that hhad a bad experience,i´d suggest you try again!
wonderfull place and enjoyable for sure!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ana j
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

We spent a week at Pachemama and loved it. The first day we were there we saw 2 toucans, a sloth and the howler monkeys. The location is amazing. The rainforest setting is so beautiful. Close enough to the beaches, but there is so much to see just sitting on the porch and watching. New flowers blooming all the time, the wildlife, and fireflies at night were all memorable. We left our door open most of the time, and the bugs were not bad, only used bug spray the first day, but yes, the bugs do get in the house sometimes if the door is open. I really don't like bugs, but they were not a problem for me at Pachemama.
Our breakfast's were delicious every day, and the nearby restaurants were fun to check out, and good. The flowers on our porch table were picked on the property and were gorgeous!
I also liked not having to rent a car while there. Taxis were easy to get if needed, but we could walk or use the bikes for most of what we did.
We found Bill to be extremely helpful, and enjoyed our time there very much.
Thanks Bill!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Vicki M
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Pachamama is a gem. 4 buildings (including the owner's home) located a little distance from each other within the jungle. Each rental unit has a porch with its' own view to the jungle and what ever plants are blooming at the time. Sitting in the jungle as it does I felt removed from the other units. Howler monkeys to be heard every morning, with frequent sightings. One morning we watched as a family of Howler's moved through the trees above us. The accomodations are basic, the setting is precious. We were there late April and were surprised how few bugs we saw. We slept with the door to the porch open. The fan and mosquito netting were adequate. Bill was gone for a few days while we were there but a local Costa Rican woman prepared breakfast. Breakfast was always excellent with fresh fruit and great coffee. We had a kitchen; Bill provided us with coffee to make in our bungalow, but we never did other cooking. Too many great restaurants in the area to cook for ourselves. We enjoyed eating breakfast on Bill's large porch, hanging out with Bill and the other guests. Bill even invited us over for a dinner party!
I have read the recent negative reviews. Again the accomodations are basic. Repairs and updates will add to the comfort level or lessen the discomforting newness of being in the jungle life. Bugs in the jungle, Duh! We extended our stay past our reservation at Pachamam and I looked at some other places to stay in the area. Dissapointing units right next to each other like a motel in the US. What we most enjoyed was the setting, the welcoming host and the groovy vibe.

Room Tip: rent bikes for every member in your party as soon as you get there and starting using them
Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
Thank JackieinCO
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

It is with great sadness that we write this review. The setting is absolutely beautiful but the state of disrepair is beyond imagination. Upon our arrival we could smell alcohol on the owners breath and he appeared to be off balance ... we figured ... oh well anyone can have a drink during the day and ignored the warning signs. Our cabin was filthy and being in the jungle there were bugs but this was unbeleivable. The fan kept the air circulating but the place always smelt very bad ... the matress was rotting and smelled terribly of all the sweaty bodies before us. Our cabin was to come with breakfast and daily our tray was delivered with rotten fruit as our host swaggered through the trails slopping our coffee on the floor never to wipe anything up. We could hear the breaking dishes daily as he staggered about the place ... We tried to make the best of a bad situation and cleaned the place as best we could ... the final straw was the cock roach that woke my husband from his sleep that was five inches long and two inches wide. Upon looking for said roach we noticed more and more of the roaches crawling out of things to the count of twenty ... we packed up our things and slept the night in our car. The beaches are terrific in the area Punta Uva being our favorite. The place has been on the zero maintenance plan now for several years and things are literally falling down. We were led to beleive it was a family run operation and his family has left some time ago. Paying up front is not recommended as it enables the owner to buy more alcohol which is the downfall of the place. Short of some rehabilitation for the owner there is seriously no hope here. It is sad to see what could potentially be a wonderful paradise go to wrack and ruin. I can not in all honesty recommend that anyone book even one night in this dump.

Room Tip: Please read my other reviews as we are not complainers ... we just want to save any other travellers from a horried situation.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank marivietnam
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Pachabill, Owner at Pachamama Jungle River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2012

We appreciate all reviews, certainly do not like to see negative ones, and do everything possible to address any issues when they are brought to our attention by our guests while they are here with us. The older Bungalow where these guests stayed is our priority for maintenance right now and has also housed some very satisfied guests in the previous weeks.. We have also had our share of transition issues with travel, housekeeping, maintenance, caretakers, and personal issues during the past 6 months as evidenced by the varying good and bad reviews. We have been addressing all of these things seriously as a team and will hopefully be seeing some much more postive reviews from current and future guests very soon. Bill, Owner/Manager of Pachamama

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Reviewed May 5, 2012

We visited Punta Uva the 3rd week of April. Our treatment while staying at Pachama was the only negative experience we had in our two trips to Costa Rica. Bill, the owner, took off to San Jose on our first day there. He didnt return until our last day. He never greeted us or told us he would be away or anything like that. It was a couple from Colorado there who told us. The wife(who was at least trying to be gracious) said she was in charge until Bill came back. Trouble was that she really couldnt answer any questions at all that we had, she couldnt speak spanish, and oh yea ..she disappeared after one day and that left us with just her husband who was sarcastic, and lets just say he is into fishing and not running a bed and breakfast ! The property was beautiful but our bungalow was not clean and maintenance seemed non existent. We were suppose to have breakfast included but we gave up after a few days because you had to go to the house and ask for it and then be ignored for awhile, or listen to sarcastic comments so you knew you were imposing ,I guess. We would have left and went elsewhere but since there wasnt anyone to discuss checking out with, and if we just left..well hes got our credit card number and doesnt offer refunds.. we decided just to stay away from the house and make the best of our vacation..and we did! No thanks to Pachamama!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank ericandnancy
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PachamamaCaribe, Propriétaire at Pachamama Jungle River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2014

Since February 2013, we are the new owners of Pachamama.
Did you like the environment Pachamama, much less services.
We invite you to discover the new Pachamama. Accommodations fully renovated (bedroom, kitchen, bathroom), full breakfast served on your terrace, daily housekeeping, bicycles available (free) and a fully landscaped garden.
We will be delighted to welcome you and show you the best of Pachamama
Regards,
Estelle and Florian

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