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Pachamama Jungle River Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Punta Uva B&B and Inns
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“Wonderful Hosts and Property”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

We stayed in the Casita Los Colibries. Florian and Estelle were extremely helpful and warm during our entire stay, and were a pleasure to stay with. They provided fresh beach towels each day of our stay, and replaced them each morning with new dry ones, which was totally unexpected and helpful. Estelle even provided hats for us on a particularly sunny day when we were going out for a horse-back riding tour.

The included bikes were awesome, as the area at Punta Uva is a little scarce of close restaurants. Selvin's Restaurant, about 0.5kms North was delicious - try the Red Snapper and the Rondon while you're there. El Refugio Grill is about 1km South, and was one of the best restaurants we visited while we were there... definitely have Estelle or Florian make a reservation for you, as there are only 5 or 6 tables available. There's also a small grocery store about 100m's South which had a pretty good selection to fill our fridge. With our bikes, we were able to ride north about 3kms to Playa Chiquita, which has a few awesome restaurants (Jungle Love, Pita Bonita, etc).

If you're planning on riding at night, definitely bring a headlamp with you! Very helpful for navigating the road (as there are sections without street lights). I've read other reviews mentioning how treacherous and pot-holl filled the roads are between Puerto Viejo and Punta Uva, but I didn't find this to be true. There must have been recent paving in the area, as the roads are completely flat and easy to ride. We rode right into Puerto Viejo quite a few times during the day, and it was absolutely no problem.

The rooms were spotlessly clean every day, and the housekeeper always waited for us to leave in the morning before sneaking in to clean up the place. There is a safe available in the room, which worked perfectly for us. Breakfast was delicious each morning, with an assortment that usually had crepes, homemade muffins, or granola with a bowl of fresh fruit, yoghurt, freshly squeezed orange juice, spreads (fruit, peanut butter, and maple syrup), and more. We experienced howler, whitefaced, and spider monkeys all around our room while sleeping in the hammock on the deck, and saw lots of birds and other wildlife as well.

We tried the small motor boat tour that goes up the river about 1km. It is a short journey, but we saw a huge amount of wildlife in the 1.5hrs we spent out on the water. Estelle and Florian also took photo's of us in the boat and emailed them to us that evening. That brings me to the only 'con' we had while we were here... Internet access is very spotty, and when working is very slow. Don't arrive planning on taking care of any business (which you probably shouldn't be doing any way!). If you'd like to book any tours, let Estelle and Florian know and they can phone for you instead of trying to book online. Regardless, I found the best time to use the Internet was first thing in the morning. Unfortunately, the ISPs in Costa Rica have not gone further south than Playa Cocles or Chiquita, and they are relying on a slow expensive 3G cell phone service to provide the Internet.

We stayed for 7 nights, and could have stayed much much longer without becoming bored. We travelled on the bus to get here, which was an ok experience, but we decided to take a tour to return to San Jose. We booked the Tortuguero Canal and Banana Plantation tour with adventure connection through Gecko Trail Adventures, which was an awesome (and mostly private) way to return to San Jose after we were finished.

Estelle and Florian are obviously taking great care of the place, and are doing an awesome job keeping up the repairs in each of the cabins. It's a huge amount of work to stop the rust and corrosion from the humidity in the air, but any issues we had were dealt with the same day, and fixed. We had a wonderful stay, and will definitely return some time.

Thanks so much again, Estelle and Florian!!

Room Tip: No A/C in any of the rooms, I believe. We stayed in Casita Los Colibries, which had a hammock on the...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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PachamamaCaribe, Propriétaire at Pachamama Jungle River Lodge, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Thank you for your review. We are very pleased with the many details you provide on your stay with us. We make every effort to be attentive to our guests and to best meet their expectations. We are very happy when we reached our goal: "Relaxing and carefree holiday for our guests"
thank you again
Regards,
Estelle and Florian
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

As great as the Trip Advisor reviews have been, Pachamama proved even better than our expectations. Florian and Estelle were a pleasure to deal with; so helpful, thoughtful, and warm. We stayed in Casita Los Colibries, which was perfect; with everything we needed (we spent eight nights). A couple of pleasant surprises: we never had to use the mosquito netting and we never had to use bug spray. The breakfasts were terrific, changing somewhat every day. Always including lots of fruit, coffee, juice, yogurt and some variation of crepes, pancakes, granola and or toast. The location is perfect; away from the Puerto Viejo crowds and within walking or biking distance of several different beaches (Punta Uva was closest, an easy walk, and our favorite) and several good restaurants. If you come by car, they have a parking area on the property. When we returned in the afternoon our casita was always completely made up and spotlessly clean. They also supply beach towels, which is nice.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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PachamamaCaribe, Propriétaire at Pachamama Jungle River Lodge, responded to this review, March 15, 2014
Many thanks for this notice, that once again fills us with joy.
We are very happy to know that you spent a pleasant stay in Pachamama.
Thank you for giving as many details about our services: breakfasts plentiful and varied, daily cleaning (we have high standards Regarding the quality and cleanliness of the houses we reserve), safe and secure parking, provision of bicycle and beach towels ...
A thousand thanks
Estelle

PS: I also took a lot of pleasure to meet you and to advance my English with you. Friendships.
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Burlington, Vermont
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Pachamama Jungle River Lodge is a beautiful retreat. It is far enough out of the way to be relaxing and free of the noises of the city. It was a great value for the quality of the accommodations and with a wonderful (and large) breakfast included every morning. The bikes (which were included in the price of the rental) made it easy to get around around and visit Puerto Viejo (8 Km) and Manzanillo (6 Km) whenever we felt like getting out of nature for a bit. The beach was a short walk away as well as a decent small store with a bus stop right outside. Estelle and Florian were the best and provided us with everything we asked for and several things we didn't even think of, like a flashlight for riding bikes at night. We stayed here for 11 days and never found ourselves bored, though, it can be a little out of the way if you want to experience the nightlife of Puerto Viejo. However, there are plenty of great restaurants a short bike ride away and a small gas stove top was in our casita which served well for cooking simple meals. We even took the opportunity to walk along the beach from Punta Uva to Puerto Viejo and am confident in saying Punta Uva is the best beach. We highly recommend it!

Room Tip: No pools or fitness centers, but the Caribbean Sea and awesome nature hikes more than made up for it...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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PachamamaCaribe, Propriétaire at Pachamama Jungle River Lodge, responded to this review, February 8, 2014
Season Greeting! We’ve just completed our first year as owner developers of Pachamama. We would like to thank everyone who helps us to see this special project came in life. Saying we have finished is a joke as we are always willing to improve our lodges thanks to your helpful comments. So now we can say that the new Pachamama is here waiting to welcome you.
Thanks for all the support and reviews. It has been a great year for us starting and sharing this new experience with you in our Jungle River Lodge.
Happy Holiday among us! Blessings.
Estelle and Florian
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Squamish, Canada
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

My husband and I last week spent 7 nights at this awesome little treasure in the jungle. We loved the area for its quiet relaxing atmosphere. But what I want mostly to mention is the excellent and very attentive service Estelle and Florian provided. We couldn't have asked for more, they were there to answer any questions we might have. Also, it was really nice having your breakfast served daily to our front deck. Yes, we loved the sounds of the wild howler monkeys and the plush jungle foliage which made us feel we were deep within the jungle but were only minutes to the most beautiful beaches. Estelle and Florian made us feel like family and on our last night we had purchased a bottle of rum in which Estelle delivered to our deck with glasses, candle, flowers, lime and ice bucket. That was so sweet of you Estelle and Gordy and I will never forget our stay with you. We look forward to our next visit and we would definitely recommend Pachamama for anyone looking either for some peaceful or romantic time, this is the place.

Room Tip: I think any room would be great, depending on your party size.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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PachamamaCaribe, Propriétaire at Pachamama Jungle River Lodge, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Many thanks for your great review and your kind words. We take great pride in taking good care of our guests and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us.
It was our pleasure meeting you and looking forward to seeing you back at Pachamama
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

Pachamama was what exactly we wanted to experience tropical Costa Rican jungle with close proximity to gorgeous beaches and nature. Other reviewers already mentioned about the nature sounds you can hear in their casitas, so let me start from somewhere else. It is located 8km south of Puerto Viejo that reminds me of East Village in NYC, in a quiet area. Estelle and Florian are the best hosts ever with the kindest hearts and a great range of knowledge on what to do, where to go,..etc. Our stay in Punta Uva became such a memorable visit mostly because of them!

The casitas are within a walking distance to authentic Argentina restaurant and Sabore del Mundo (International cuisine restaurant). Both of them serve upscale dishes with very much reasonable prices. We could have cooked with the fully equipped kitchen should our stay have been longer.

The nearest beach Punta Uva is a gorgeous beach with so many tiny/small/medium size fish swimming very close to its shore. Swimming with them was amazing! World-famous Cahuita National Park is also just 20-30 minutes drive away. We encountered white-face monkeys, raccoons, big blue butterflies, blue crabs and some interesting birds within 30 minutes of hiking on the beautiful jungle trail adjacent to the beaches! We also dropped by TSIRU chocolate factory run by indigenous Bri Bri tribe where we tasted the purest chocolates and their yummy spice that will work with virtually anything like chicken, fish or fried rice.

Early mornings with the sounds of howling monkeys were sure things to confirm that you are in the paradise! Then Estelle and Florian served us very pretty and yummy breakfast on our terrace for us to get ready for the day of exploration. We also visited Jaguar Rescue Center upon Florian's recommendation, which was very interesting and educational for our kids.

We are a family of travelers and usually looking for new destinations, but Pachamama is one the few on our short list which we would love to go back.

Thank you very much Estelle, Florian, and all who made our vacation in Costa Rica so happy!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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PachamamaCaribe, Propriétaire at Pachamama Jungle River Lodge, responded to this review, January 19, 2014
Thank you so much for the Excellent review and for all your wonderful compliments! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay in our casa “Los Monos” ... and our breakfasts.
Glad to hear that the visits we have suggested you have given satisfaction. We do our best to answer your questions and advise you on places to visit according to your preferences.
Thanks again for you wonderful recommendations and 5 stars!
All our greetings to you and your family.
Estelle
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

We had a terrific experience here, so much so that it was sad to finally leave. Here's some highlights:

1. The new owners, Estelle and Florian, are so sweet, kind and considerate. They have a reputation in town for taking Pachamama, which apparently was previously going downhill, and investing their energy, enthusiasm and resources to making it extraordinary again.

I never stayed there previously, but can tell you they have a tremendous amount of charm and compassion so I believe it, taking their time and energy every little experience or recommendation. Some small examples include (a) Estelle kindly brought me medicine when she heard I was feeling a bit sick, (b) they arranged dinner and activities for us when we were feeling uninspired one evening, and (3) they very kindly took photos and emailed them to us when we went rafting. More importantly, they were just endlessly fun and nice the whole time.

2. The apartment was very clean and tidy considering it was surrounded by trees and wildlife. We brought tons of sand and dirt in from the beach everyday and every afternoon it was clean, nice and new again.

3. Pachamama was next door to the nicest beach in the area, which was a giant plus. Taking the boat up the river was another fun adventure.

4. In the morning of our second day capuchin monkeys passed through the trees above Pachamama, and one stopped by our bungalow on a nearby tree to say hello.

5. I slept better than any other time in my life, being lulled to sleep by all the jungle noises.

Anyway, bottom line was that it was a terrific place, and I'd venture that it's getting a reputation as one of the nicest options in the area if you're up for staying in a jungly little home.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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PachamamaCaribe, Propriétaire at Pachamama Jungle River Lodge, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Muchas gracias, Adam and Rachel, for have taking time out of your day to write a review of our property
At Pachamama we put a lot of time and energy into details to provide our guests comfortable accommodations.
Built in the Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge, Pachamama is pleasing and welcoming. Lose your mind and soul in the rainforest and listen the chatter of the howlers monkeys, white faced capuchin monkeys, tucans and others wildlife animals is a pleasure you will find here.

We go above and beyond for our guests. We are more than happy to provide guests with any special requests. We want only one thing: that our guests enjoy their stay with us.

Muchas gracias once again and we welcome you back. Pura Vida.
Estelle & Florian
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San Cristobal, New Mexico
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

My wife and I just stayed at Pachamama for three weeks and had a wonderful experience there. The new owners, Estelle amd Florian, were two of the most sincere, kind hosts we have ever come across. They made us a wonderful breakfast every morning and they were always available to answer questions and give advice on what to do in the area. They even had us over for carribean rum punch and hors d'oeuvres. Our rooms were cleaned every day and we always had fresh beach blankets waiting for us every morning. We really enjoyed the free use of the bicycles and used them almost every day. The space that Pachamama sits on is a beautiful tropical garden setting with many different flowering plants and trees. The cottages are very comfortable with good privacy. We really enjoyed seeing howler monkies, white faced monkies, three toed sloths, poison dart frogs, and all the different tropical birds right from our porch. Did I mention that they are a short walk away from the BEST beach in the area:) If you are looking for a laid back tropical setting with great service at an awesome price, this is the place.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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PachamamaCaribe, Propriétaire at Pachamama Jungle River Lodge, responded to this review, December 24, 2013
Dear Matthew and Dear Candy, thank you for sharing such a great review. We feel very proud to learn how much you enjoy staying with us and how much you like the services and attention that we provide. We feel also very proud whenever our guests leave as happy as you did
There is nothing more we want than to see a smile on our guests´ faces, that way, we are going to be sure that our efforts were accomplished. We are always doing our best to provide our guests with everything they need and the most welcoming and friendly atmosphere to make their stay with us a wonderful experience.
Once again, thank you very much for your visit
Happy Holidays!
Yours truly, Estelle and Florian
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Property: Pachamama Jungle River Lodge
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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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