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Pachira Lodge

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Highlights

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

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Overview

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.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

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