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“In the jungle”
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Pachira Lodge
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

After an interesting boat ride to the lodge I was immediately in love! The raised board walk to our cabin was filled with wildlife...from a sloth hanging in the tree, a porcupine taking a nap above him, howler monkeys squabbling with each other and playing with their young to a nice assortment of butterflies...and all this before we unpacked. I was apprehensive as I HATE mosquitoes but we were rarely bothered and the repellent worked fine. The cabin was individual with two beds a writing desk and bathroom. I had read there was no glass in the windows but did not really grasp the concept. The multiple windows have screens and decorative bars over the screens to prevent entry of anyone or thing that is uninvited. The ceiling fan and windows provided a comfortable sleeping environment and I wish I had brought a recorder with me for the "night sounds" that were more soothing than my sleep machine. Around 4 am or so the Howler monkeys start greeting the sun with their noises and I started singing the song "in the jungle, the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight!" Daily river wildlife spotting cruises are offered and as there are no roads in the area the river is their highway. There is a black sand beach that you can walk along to get to the town for local shopping. The staff is very friendly and the food was good and plentiful featuring local fruits and vegetables. A river front bar area had the coldest beer and a huge iguana wandering around. This was a jungle paradise and the visit was capped off by having several toucans flying around in the trees..always wanted to see them in the wild. Did not want to leave and go to the next destination!

Room Tip: There is an area with joined rooms but the individual cabins are more unique...but walk around the e...
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

recently a friend and I stayed at the pachira lodge in tortuguero.

getting there was an adventure. enroute to the lodge we stopped for lunch, and spotted two sloths kicking back on a tree. that was cool. then we sped along the river by boat to the lodge. best to keep camera eguipment in a bag, as a few drops of water danced across my lens.

the hotel itself is rustic yet cozy, and situated right on the canal. the staff was attentive and served us welcome drinks upon arrival. the rooms do not have air conditioning, but was told that is the norm for the area. a light breeze and the deck adjacent to the room helped so the heat was not an issue. I enjoyed the buffet menu, although I am selective when it comes to deserts. the second day in the we woke up before sunrise and went on a tour through the canals, and saw many types of birds, iguanas, and crocs. all in all had a great time, although I want to go back sometime when the turtles are nesting.

Room Tip: I liked the rooms on the west side of the property where the outer decks have a very private view of...
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank roberpa_a
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Reviewed 7 May 2013 via mobile

We are happy we saw the whole area but the lodge that is situated in the middle of it all and therefore has the perfect location is very very basic . A cabin in the forest with the minimum facilities and almost in edible food . We stayed only one night so as to enjoy the river drive and leave

  • Stayed: May 2013
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1  Thank DafnaG
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

As part of the Caravan.com tour of Costa Rica, we spent two nights and days at this hotel and touring the area including the Turtle centre. The hotel and food was very good, one hint, the rooms have no air-conditioning, the climate is hot and humid so be warned.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good, but have corrugated iron roofs, so when the rains fall, it is very noisy.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

Instead of repeating what's in the many reviews of this place, here are some tips on how to survive your stay at Pachira Lodge. It's well worth putting up with the primitive conditions to see some of the most amazing wildlife you'll see anywhere -- and that's just while walking from your cabin to the dining hall. (E.g. our last morning we saw a half dozen howler monkeys swinging from the trees and eating breakfast.) Here's some advice:
1. If you are on one of the 2-day tours and are making a round-trip from the same place, such as San José, pack as lightly as possible. Leave your big suitcase back in civilization. It will greatly simplify the bus and boat ride to get here.
2. Wear light-colored, loose, baggy clothing. The humidity and heat will make tight clothing stick to your skin.
3. Water, salt, Gatorade (optional). You have to keep yourself hydrated, but make sure your electrolytes stay balanced. The first day there I drank tons of water, but thanks to my usual low-sodium diet, I depleted my salt levels too much. After eating some salt and drinking some Gatorade I was OK.
4. Sunscreen, sunscreen and more sunscreen. Every hour or two, minimum.
5. Wet your head often, especially when trying to go to sleep. The ceiling fan will more rapidly cool a wet head.
6. Use Deet or Picaridin bug spray when needed, especially in the jungle.
7. To try to keep bugs out of our room, at night we would turn the lights out when opening and closing the door.
8. To try to keep bugs out of our suitcase, we kept it zipped shut whenever we weren't using it.
9. If there are geckos or spiders in your room, they are your friends. They eat the bugs.
10. Bring tons of ziplock bags of all sizes. You'll need them for lots of things -- e.g., we put our wallets and cellphones in baggies to keep them dry when we went on the boat safaris, and during thundershowers.
11. Bring your own shampoo and conditioner. Don't bother bringing a hair dryer, the last thing you'll want to do here is dry a wet head.
12. If you have them, waterproof cameras and binoculars will make your life easier.
13. Absolutely get up at 5am to go on the 6am boat safari. The early morning wildlife will make it well worth it. If you can, go on a mid/late afternoon boat safari also.
14. We went on the jungle walk tour with 20 other people -- the big group scared away a lot of the wildlife. The two of us went on the same walk by ourselves an hour later, and saw many more creatures, such as a snake eating a frog.
15. On the jungle walk you will either need to wear your own hiking boots (if so, snow seal them before leaving home), or wear the lodge's ample assortment of rubber boots. If you wear the lodge's boots, I suggest bringing two pairs of old socks that you don't mind throwing away, and some anti-fungal cream for your feet afterwards.
16. Despite the remote location, there is truly excellent Wi-Fi in the reception area.
Enjoy the wildlife! In addition to howler monkeys and snakes, we saw tons of birds, crabs, crocodiles, caymans, iguanas, sloths, frogs, bats, and a turtle.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank MenloMichael
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

We stayed here for two nights on our tour, which was long enough to enjoy the area. Our room was large, with comfortable beds, and screened windows, which allowed the air to flow through and the Howler Monkeys to begin their chorus at 5.00AM each morning. We saw lots of iguanas and a snake on the property which was rich with lovely flowers and vegetation. There was a large pool and small bar right at water's edge. There was not much selection at the buffet breakfast and dinner. We had a guided tour of the canals and local town, but since we were travelling on our own and not in a large group, we were included in a tour with very few English speaking people. Our guide was very passionate and knowledgeable, but spent far more time speaking Spanish and seemed to give us less information.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

You have to bear in mind that there are very few hotels in the Tortuguero National Park so there's little choice and all seem to be very busy. It's full board because you can't just nip down the road to a restaurant. There's a village across the river but for the brief time you'll be staying here it's not worth trying them out.

Our room was large with a veranda at the back. The gardens are well maintained and the staff very friendly. The food is a bit of a mad scramble and you'd be wise to arrive 10 minutes before they tell you to. If you think you can drop by after an hour you'll find that there's little left. The seating arrangements for groups was changed from day to day which was a bit confusing. While we were traveling on our own we have inevitably been put into a 'group' by the tour operator.

There's little to do in the hotel but you'll be there for the park tour anyway. Decent wi-fi at reception.

Room Tip: All rooms seem to be very similar
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Alan B
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Address: Across The Main Canal, Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Tortuguero
Price Range: £196 - £358 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pachira Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The lodge is strategically located only 5 minutes away from the extraordinary Tortuguero National Park, and right across the main "canal" facing the town of Tortuguero. Surrounded by a network of very scenic canals, this is considered one of the most exotic regions of the world, characterized by its rich in flora and fauna. Strategically located. 88 comfortable guest rooms. 14 hectares (34 acres). 5 minutes from Tortuguero National Park main entrance. Stay at one of our comfortable rooms with private bathroom, hot water and ceiling fans. Enjoy all our buffet-style meals that are included. Let's cheers with our wine when for dinner. Be our guest at our bar and enjoy our excelent service. Let us show you this paradise with our bilingual tour guides, during the entire trip. Take advantage of our daily departures from San José, with no minimum of passengers required. Travel safety as we get you around comfortably. ... more   less 
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