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Pachira Lodge

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- Lovely waterside location
- Near Tortuguero National Park
- Great value for money
- Turtles, zip lining, kayaking, boat trips

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Pachira Lodge is a fairly large yet characterful waterside property surrounded by an expansive network of picturesque canals and lies just across the main canal from the town of Tortuguero in north eastern Costa Rica. The only way to arrive at this unique location, which absolutely teems with an abundance of flora and fauna, is by boat. The Tortuguero National Park, one of the area’s key attractions due to its diverse habitats and outstanding natural beauty, not to mention its large turtle populations, is just five minutes away from the lodge. Though it’s not the easiest of parks to reach, it’s the third most visited in all of Costa Rica. The hotel offers really good value for money and is set right into the heart of the forest amidst the waterways; there’s a plethora of wildlife from colourful birds to tree frogs, iguanas and monkeys right on the lodge’s door step along with a whole host of water and land-based excursions to enjoy.

There are 94 rooms ranging from singles and doubles to triples. Rooms are fairly simple, yet spacious and comfortable and there’s no lack of modern convenience. The colourful décor contrasts with the wooden furnishings and all rooms are pristine and well presented. All come with an en-suite bathroom and although there’s no air conditioning due to the lodge’s sustainability policy, ceiling fans are provided, and hot water is readily available.

The restaurant serves buffet-style food and there’s a lovely swimming pool and spa. A wide choice of cuisine is served, including plenty of international favourites along with some local dishes to try. There’s also a bar that offers both alcoholic and soft drinks.

Some guided excursions are included in the stay, but note that admission to the Tortuguero National Park is an extra cost, although well worth the visit. Optional excursions include zip lining through the tree canopy along suspension bridges, a sunrise boat tour, a kayaking expedition aimed at nature enthusiasts and visits to a sea turtle nesting site during July to October.

Children of all ages are welcome – those under four years of age stay for free if sharing with 2 adults, and there’s a maximum of 2 children per room. Children aged 5 to 11 years of age pay a reduced rate and anyone over 12 will pay adult rates. There’s plenty for all age groups to enjoy in the area, and youngsters will no doubt enjoy splashing about in the quirky, turtle-shaped swimming pool. Parents are reminded that due to the lodge’s rural location and close proximity to the water, children must remain under adult supervision at all times.

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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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