We stayed for a week in March 2014 in the Toucan cabina. The cabinas are separated by lush foliage so they are very private. There was a small kitchenette with a stove and fridge so you could cook a meal but we never cooked there. Estelle & Florian are wonderful hosts who went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. When it rained, they dropped off an umbrella and were very helpful on advising us on the local area. I have stayed in 5 star hotels and have not had better service, all with a genuine friendly smile! The breakfasts on the patio were fantastic!
The location is great if you want to relax. Punta Uva beach is a short walk away and is one of the most spectacular beaches you will ever visit. On the Recife side you can find a spot where you are virtually all alone if you like. Having the bicycles is fantastic as you can ride into Puerto Viejo or Manzanillo. You will see everyone drives around on bikes. The road to PV is flat and easy and there are no pot holes as some reports have suggested. There a few hills getting to Manzanillo but it's generally an easy ride. It's a wonderful way to explore the area and feel connected to it. Bring a light for at night! The road is dotted with many small restaurants with the most selection being in Puerto Viejo. You can also hop on the local bus to get to PV for around $1 which was quite comfortable and easy. They will stop right in front of the lodge. A taxi is about $10 to town.
Don't miss the Patty Man who rides up the road every day with the most delicious home made patties!
This area is great for travelers who want to get away from it all in paradise. The jungle around the area is filled with Howler Monkeys and other wildlife. There are no large resorts, Hard Rock Cafe, McDonald or Subway. Thank goodness! The towns around are rustic and not fancy so if you want to bring your high heals for a night on the town, this area is not for you. This is a beach bum, surfer town where all you need is flip flops.
We were extremely pleased with Pachamama Jungle River Lodge and will hopefully return again in the future!
Thank you Estelle and Florian for a wonderful stay and give Linda and Letize a pat for us! Hope to see you again!
Cheers, Gary & Tracey
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pachamama House And Bungalows
- Pachamama House & Bungalows Hotel Manzanillo