Our Cabin in the Costa Rican Rainforest

Our Stay at Mawamba Lodge, Tortuguero, Costa Rica / simplylovebirds.com

We had an amazing time in Tortuguero. Honestly, everyone should visit at least once in their life and book a place like Mawamba Lodge. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not really a resort-type person. Although this place had aspects similar to a resort like the scenery, amenities and excellent customer service, everything about our stay felt much more natural. We were in the rainforest, after all! We experienced wildlife adventure that a normal resort would never have.

Tortuguero was a magical place in Costa Rica. But our stay at Mawamba Lodge was so special and packed full of fun activities that I knew I had to dedicate an entire blog post for this.

Please note that this post is solely about my three days on the grounds of Mawamba Lodge. I’ve written A Wildlife Jungle Safari Around Tortugero National Park which describes our boat tour through Tortuguero National Park. Just as good of a read!

 

Scenic Journey to Mawamba Lodge

Getting to Tortuguero was an enjoyable and scenic journey. Not to mention, hassle-free.

We booked an all-inclusive package with Mawamba Lodge for 3 days and 2 nights, which included both land and boat transportation from San Jose to Tortugueros (and back). Did I mention that you have to take a boat (or plane) to reach this place?

Since half the journey was on gravel roads, the bus ride was bumpy. But Tortuguero was well worth the minor aches and pains it took to get there! We meandered through mountains and even got a brief lesson on banana plantations, until we finally reached the boat dock for Tortuguero. From there, we drifted through the canals in a narrow, flat-bottom boat.

Boats to Tortuguero National ParkFruity Drinks at Mawamba Lodge, Tortugero, Costa Rica

Once we arrived to Mawamba Lodge, we were welcomed with complimentary cocktails! Pura vida!

 

Living Amongst the Wildlife

Dan and I were luckily upgraded to their superior room, a beautiful casita! Usually two parties will share one cabin (split in the middle). However, we got this baby all to ourselves! To top it off, our cabin was placed at the very end to give us more privacy. We were spoiled further with a luxurious bathtub. This was a great place to celebrate our recent engagement!

I have a feeling that Mauricio, their kind executive salesmen who went above and beyond to help me plan my trip, had something to do with this generous upgrade. Thank you, Mauricio!

Even if you don’t stay at the superior cabin, the standard rooms are just as beautiful. Mawamba kept all their lodges extremely clean and authentic. We even noticed their cleaning lady sweeping the ceilings! It’s the little details that really win us over! Seriously, Mawamba all the way!

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We were tired from a long day of travel but happy now that we’ve seen our cabin!

Something to note about cabin-living

At Mawamba, there is no air conditioning, wifi, or tv to distract you from the wildlife. This is the norm in Tortuguero. After all, isn’t the whole point of visiting Costa Rica to enjoy the nature? Please don’t be put off by this. There is a ceiling fan which you can have on all day. Furthermore, the temperature drops at night, making it more comfortable for you to sleep. And the windows have screen covers, so bugs shouldn’t bother you!

 

Exploring the Grounds of Mawamba

Forget Tortuguero National Park! (I’m only half kidding). Walking around the grounds of Mawamba felt like a jungle safari in itself. There were several varieties of flora to admire and plenty of wildlife to spot like exotic birds, sloths, monkeys and iguanas in the treetops!

Mawamba Lodge, Tortuguero, Costa RicaWalkway at Mawamba Lodge, Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Scarlet Macaw at Mawamba Lodge, Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Toucan at Mawamba Lodge, Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Mawamba Lodge, Tortuguero, Costa Rica

As mentioned above, there’s no wifi in the cabins. However, if you need the internet to research your next destination, contact family members or answer work emails etc, you can do so at this resting area by the pool! Speaking of the pool…

 

Swimming in Safe Waters

Mawamba is almost surrounded by water since it is nestled on a fine strip of land between the Caribbean Ocean and Tortuguero River. We were right next to Tortuguero Beach! However, it’s not safe to swim here due to riptides.

When we had downtime, we swam in the pool instead. The water was warm and there was a fun little waterfall rolling in from the edge.

Mawamba Lodge Pool Chilling at Mawamba Lodge Pool

 

Wild Animal Sightings

Now onto the fun wildlife section. Mawamba Lodge has 15 acres of land in which tropical animals call home. As part of our tour, the guides took us on a walk through Mawamba Park. We searched for animals then entered two greenhouses full of frogs and butterflies. Below are only a few of the many animals we saw.

Trails at Mawamba LodgeButterfly, Mawamba Lodge Turtles, Mawamba LodgeGolden Orb Weaver Spider, Mawamba LodgeRed Eye Tree Frog, Mawamba LodgeRed Eyed Tree Frog, Mawamba Lodge, Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Look at this adorable red eyed tree frog! Apparently, these frogs are nocturnal. It woke up to our big eager eyes, then slowly walk to the other side of the leaf for privacy and fell back asleep. Isn’t that the cutest thing you have ever seen from an amphibian?!

Sunset at Mawamba Lodge, Tortuguero, Costa Rica

We ended each day with a beautiful view of the sunset right outside our cabin.

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8 Comments

  1. April 21, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    This hotel looks like a tropical beauty! I love how it was close to wildlife in that forest, I really, really love turtles and that pic is soo cute! I really like their use of clean, simple wood architecture

    Characters & Carry-ons

    • April 24, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Thanks, Joyce! If you like turtles, then you would LOVE Tortuguero National Park between March – October because tons of sea turtles nest right on the beach!

    • May 26, 2017 / 7:44 am

      Thanks Sheena! It was soo nice, even without wifi or AC!

  2. Rachel M
    May 12, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    This resort looks absolutely amazing and I love that you could see wildlife! Those frog photos are great! Thanks for a great review of this place, I know that if I head down there I’ll probably consider this option!

    -Rachel @ Backcountry Petite

    • May 26, 2017 / 7:45 am

      Thanks Rachel! I never considered frogs to be that cute, but I changed my mind when I got there!

  3. May 19, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    Such cool photographs of the frogs and butterfly!! I will live vicariously through you because I don’t think I could go through that long without wifi or tv haha. 😉

    Hannah
    http://www.beaconthrills.com

    • May 26, 2017 / 7:46 am

      Thanks Hannah! Trust me, you won’t even miss the wifi or tv when you’re in the rainforest!

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