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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pachira Hotel Tortuguero