Efficient pick up in San Jose, comfortable aircon mini-bus for transfer, stopping enroute for breakfast and brief trip round banana plantation, informative commentary on the sights as we crossed the volcanic devide and dropped down into Lemon province. Easy transfer to boat for the very pleasant hour long cruise to the remote lodge.
The main lodge and the fourteen rooms are spread along a hundred and fifty yard stretch of the bank of the waterway surrounded by pleasant gardens. The principle roomes in blocks of four are comfortable with efficient air-con, twin double beds, fridge, sky tv and wifi; the adjoining shower room is spacious but space is limited on the vanitory unit (mostly filled by the safe!) and there is no plug or hot water to the basin.
Food and service are excellent: table service with a good, if a little limited, menu at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Unfortunately the main purpose of visiting, to see the annimals, was completely ruined by the regular and very heavy rainfall. The trips to the National Park were on open boats with no protection offered from the rain, unlike other lodges they did not provide waterproofs so one just got very wet. And while it was raining there was little to see in the way of animals or birds so it was all a bit pointless and unpleasant. When you run out of dry clothes you begin to wonder why you came! And this was the dry season!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manatus is the only hotel in Tortuguero that offers all the comforts of the modern world in an exotic and wild environment. Our hotel is an oasis of peace surrounded by a real wildlife sanctuary. Experience ecotourism and adventure, and then relax and enjoy the wonderful amenities of our hotel. Come live the Manatus experience! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manatus Hotel Tortuguero