My boyfriend and I stayed at the Evergreen Lodge for one night and two days, and while the reviews of Evergreen Lodge are generally good, it just wasn't what we were expecting/looking for during our trip to Costa Rica. If you have never been to the jungle, and you would like all meals, travel, etc. taken care of/programmed for you, this might be for you. The rooms are decent and the guides do a really nice job.
We have both previously been to the jungle and think we probably would have enjoyed the experience more if it was our first jungle trip. Mealtimes were about 45 minutes each, and if you arrived at the later part of that time, most of the food was gone or had bugs flying around it. The food was mediocre at best, though the waitresses/waiters were friendly and attentive. We had a 5 am canal tour as part of our package, but the reception desk closes at 9 or 10 pm, and we couldn't communicate with them when we arrived back from a 10-midnight tour to let them know we weren't interested in attending. We left a note on our hotel door indicating we did not wish to go. They saw the note and woke us up anyways, "to double check".
The best part of this experience was going to see the sea turtles lay their eggs in the evening, but neither the 8-10 pm group nor the 10 pm-12 am group saw any that day. It was still an adventure!
I imagine the three day/two nights package would have been a bit calmer as far as scheduling goes, but I can't say this swampy river lodge left me wanting to come back and try it again.
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- Also Known As:
- Evergreen Hotel Tortuguero