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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Best for: Imagine Favourites, Specialist, Wildlife
Mawamba Lodge is a rustic eco-lodge in Tortuguero National Park on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast, and Mawamba’s superb guides will help you get the most from your time exploring the area’s maze-like lagoons, wildlife-rich rainforest and turtle beaches.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Accessible only by boat or air, Tortuguero National Park is one of Costa Rica’s natural wonders, and a stay at remote Mawamba Lodge gives wildlife and nature lovers an appealingly rustic and friendly base for exploring this incredible natural sanctuary of labyrinthine wetlands and wild beaches. Set among 15 acres of rainforest, Mawamba consists of 50 simple but comfortable standard rooms and 6 superior rooms, reflecting their stunning natural surroundings with hardwood floors, warm wood panelling and wicker furniture. Each en-suite room is spacious and comes either with a double and single bed or three single beds, hot water, ceiling fans and tranquil garden views. There are also four superior rooms, which are independent bungalows with ample room space, a king size bed, ceiling fan and view of the canals.
This friendly lodge offers a warm welcome and excellent service. Delicious buffet meals are served at the family-style poolside restaurant whilst a café offers drinks and snacks along with complimentary Wi-Fi. When not exploring, it’s nice to relax by the swimming pool and look out for the iguanas that roam the gardens, sip on a cool drink at the bar or unwind with a game of beach volleyball or pool. Within Mawamba’s grounds are butterfly and frog gardens, while the beach is just a short stroll away. If you come between July and September, you will be able to enjoy the unforgettable natural spectacle of green sea turtles laying their eggs.
Every day, a team of experienced naturalists lead boat trips and hikes into the forested wetlands, and you will follow private trails along raised wooden walkways to discover the local flora and fauna. Howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, red-eyed tree frogs, caimans, three-toed sloths, bats and more than 350 bird species all call this region home. In the evenings, guides give nature lectures and will brief you on the next day’s activities. Horseback riding along the beach and fishing excursions can also be arranged.
When to go
The summer season (November to April), also called the 'dry' season, doesn't necessarily mean no rain- but there should be less of it. The 'green' season (May to November) can still be a good time to visit- you can avoid the tourist bustle and lodging is slightly cheaper. During this time, however, rivers start to swell and dirt roads get muddy, making travel more challenging.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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