Mawamba Lodge

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Tortuguero Canals, Tortuguero, Costa Rica

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    A remote location


    As far as I know, this hotel can only be booked in a package deal. Tortuguero cannot easily be reached, so most people come to this area with a package deal starting in San Jose.

    The hotel is located on a small islet with the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Tortuguero canal on the other side. The rooms are inside wooden lodges. You are in close contact with nature as there are no windows, only mosquito netting and shutters.

    Rooms are clean and spacious with 2 queen-size beds, vent, bathroom with shower.

    Unique Quality: A lovely swimming pool, a tropical garden, and hammocks along the river side for relaxation.

    Directions: Tortuguero, just outside the national park and between the small airport and the village

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Eco Lodge

by Jim_Eliason about Mawamba Lodge

This eco lodge is in the heart of Tortuguero National Park, a three hour boat ride from the nearest road. The lodge is set up as all inclusive due to its remoteness. While staying at the hotel, all meals are provided, plus daily boat tours and hikes into the National Park. Although the facilities are very nice and modern, the cabins have no air conditioning so be prepared for hot weather.

turtle madre

by sammy&floyd

Our family stayed at Mawamba Lodge and enjoyed our stay as well as seeing the green turtle mothers, who were at least 38 years old, hauling their 250 lb. bodies hundreds of feet up the dark beach to lay eggs. Our guide, Christobal, spoke only Spanish but found 4 mothers laying. It was the most poinant memory of the entire trip for me. As an especially beautiful event, we also got to see the tiny young turtles recently hatched after being laid 90 days earlier, madly dashing for the ocean. Only 1 in 1000 babies live to reproduce, so, that made seeing the nesting mothers even more spectacular. Viewing the eruption of Arenal from the resturant of the hotel Lost Iguana!
This hotel isn't even listed in Fodor's guide, but we discovered it on the way to the hanging bridges. It is a fabulous place, very euro earthy style. The resturant serves great food and has a magnificent view of the volcano Arenal spewing ancient rocks superheated to 1000 degrees by magma. The contrast of resturant comfort and primal event was singularly striking-not to mention romantic! and we had our 10 yr. old daughter with us!

My Itinerary

by Helga67

Day 1
Flight from Brussel through New York to San Jose
Check-in Hotel San Gildar

Day 2
Visit a coffee plantation

Day 3
Transfer to Tortuguero
Check-in Mawamba Lodge

Day 4
- Bird watching
- Visiting the park by boats over the canals

Day 5
With 4x4 to La Fortuna
Check-in Hotel Arenal Paraiso

Day 6
La Fortuna
- Horseback riding
- Canopy tour

Day 7
Visit to Cano Negro (National park near Nicaragua)

Day 8
From La Fortuna to Monteverde
Check-in El Establo
- Trekking in cloud forest

Day 9
- Sky Walk in cloud forest
- Guided night tour

Day 10
From Monteverde to Manuel Antonio
Check-in Hotel Costa Verde

Day 11
Manuel Antonio
- Relaxing at the pool

Day 12
Manuel Antonio
- Visit the national park

Day 13
Manuel Antonio
- Visit Reserva biologica Carara and Quepos

Day 14
From Manuel Antonio to San Jose Check-in Country Inn & Suites

Day 15
Flight from San Jose to Brussels


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Please help us with 10-day trip to CR.

by wendlegee

Lots of questions here. We?'d appreciate any advice you have, but we?re prefacing this by saying we?re adventurous budget travelers and not afraid to rough it a little. We have a 10 day trip planned.

D1 Arrive in San Jose around noon. We have a place to stay in Alajuela at the Vida Tropical Bed and Breakfast.

D2-3 We would like to spend 2 nights in Tortuguero. Any recommendations on how to get there? We?'re independent backpackers, but should we bite the bullet and take a package tour? If not, any recommended lodges there? Any cheaper accommodations than the highly praised Mawamba Lodge?

D4-5, leave Tortuguero early (can you leave early?) and spending 2 nights in Arenal. Any recommended places to stay there? (Arenal Observatory, Arenal Paraiso, Los Lagos, or Arenal Lodge) We?'d like to do a hike or maybe a tour (rafting, zip lines, or something else), anyone know of a good one? Also, what?s the fastest way to Arenal from Tortuguero? Do you have to go back to San Jose and then up to Arenal, or are there any shortcuts?

D6-7 In the morning we head down near San Isidro del general to stay with a Tico family we know. How difficult and time consuming of a trip would that be?

D8-9 We?'d like our final 2 days on the beach along the pacific. We?re thinking about Playa Pelada or perhaps Tamarindo. Thoughts? How are driving conditions going up the coast?

D10 Getting to Liberia and flying out.

Is this spreading ourselves thin and doing way too much? Please give us any advice you can and keep in consideration that we're doing all this on a tight budget.

Many Thanks in Advance,
Kevin & Kim

RE: Please help us with 10-day trip to CR.

by hotrodgirl

Tortuguero is accesssible either by boat or small plane. Part of the trip is "getting there" on the canals by boat. Highly educational and relaxing. The lodges will pick you up at a dock they may specify, and it takes a few hours. We stayed at the Laguna Lodge, and found it both comfortable and entertaining. Most of the trip you described is almost akin to a tour that Caravan Tours hosts. Check them out at The cost excluding airfare is $995 dollars American. That's their first stop, the on to Arenal (La Fortuna), Jaco on the Pacific and back to San Jose. It was a great trip, and by the way, included all meals. Luck to you!


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