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Pachira Lodge


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Pachira Lodge overview

Pachira Lodge is simple, friendly and very comfortable with an ideal location, close to the main gate of Tortuguero National park.  The lodge sits on a narrow strip of land, surrounded by rainforest and the winding waterways of Tortuguero's canals, so access to the hotel is only by boat or air - it adds to the ambience. Pachira was built to blend in with the surroundings and have minimal impact on the rainforest and those who live here. The rooms are simple and clean - they have everything you might need such as a ceiling fan, private bathroom, veranda, but they have deliberately omitted the things you won't need, no TV is required when you have the sights and sounds of nature on your doorstep.

There is a quirky turtle shaped pool in the grounds, just in case you forgot what Tortuguero is all about, it's right on the edge of forest so you can spot wildlife from your lounger. Wholesome local and international meals are served in the restaurant. If you want to escape from everything for an hour or so, pop over to the spa and indulge in one of their pampering treatments.

Whilst you are here, you can pay a visit to a local village and get an insight into everyday life in the region, or why not take a canal tour at dawn as the forest awakens, it's a beautiful time of day to explore. There is plenty to do in the rainforest, canopy tours can be arranged, guided walks through the lodge trails, kayaking and during season it's quite something to take a tour to the beach and see the turtles haul themselves up the beaches to nest.


Open: Pachira Lodge is open all year.

Location: The lodge is in north east Costa Rica, just a five minute boat ride from Tortuguero National Park. From San Jose you travel by bus for about 2-hours followed by a motorised boat ride of around an hour.

Rooms: There are 88 rooms, all en-suite with hot and cold running water. They are kept cool by ceiling fans and mesh windows allow cooling breezes to flow. The accommodation is simple but comfortable.

Activities: Take motor boat rides, go kayaking and enjoy guided nature walks in Tortuguero National Park whilst looking out for monkeys, lizards, otters, turtles, caiman and birds, follow the nature trail in the lodge's grounds. From July to October you may see nesting green turtles, with evening walking tours to watch them on the beach. Fishing is good between January and May, and again from August to October.

Facilities: There is a restaurant and a bar. Outside there is a swimming pool shaped like a giant turtle, large sunbathing area with loungers. The al fresco resting area is a good place to sit among the trees between excursions. The spa offers massages.

Dining: Wholesome meals are served with both international and Costa Rican flavours, and there is wine to accompany dinner. Meals are eaten at individual tables.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Rooms can accommodate up to two adults and two children under 12 years.

Health: Other than the province of Limon, Costa Rica has low to no risk of malaria.

Communication:  There is Wi-Fi internet access in the main areas, but this can be unreliable. The mobile phone signal is usually quite good.

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client reviews

Miss. Meradith Graham (16/01/2020)

"Buffet food was good and plentiful Enjoyed shared tables Trips excellent Pool great "

Mr. Duncan Harriss
"A really special place and a great base to explore Tortuguero"
Mr. Martin White (23/11/2019)
"A great location being in the middle of the forest waterways and close to the Caribbean beaches. It was an interesting and thrilling route to get to the lodge via an eye-opening boat ride. The cabins were spacious and although basic were comfortable. It was our first experience of having to dispose of toilet paper in bins: something that can't be hygienic and difficult for us to comply with at times. The hotel was large and had a lovely swimming pool with impressive improvements ongoing. The meal arrangements were acceptable but not as good as we had in the other hotels. It was more like a canteen than a hotel restaurant. That said, the food was OK. We were intrigued with the Howler Monkey chorus each morning and had an excellent guide who went out of his way to show us as much as he possibly could. He showed us numerous birds close up, Crocodiles and Cayman, Sloths, Howler and Spider Monkeys and frogs. It was like being on safari: eager to see what may be seen around the next corner or tree. "
Mrs. Christine Degerdon (21/01/2020)
"Fantastic, guides amazing, food excellent and very well organised. Lodges perfect so close to wildlife. Tours brilliant "
Doctor Ian Ground (21/01/2020)
"Enjoyed it here very much. Though it is quite easy to get lost in the grounds as the paths snake around very similar bungalows and rooms. The boat based safaris are excellent. Getting onto the boats to get there means tackling a rather muddy shore. A few planks down would help there. "

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