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Mawamba Lodge

Mawamba Lodge

Destination: Tortuguero

At a Glance

    • 2 butterfly gardens, frog and turtle pond
    • Close to Tortuguero village
    • Beach access
    • All-inclusive

The tropical sunsets wane over the crest of the rainforest canopy, sparkling across Tortuguero River into the docks at Mawamba Lodge. The light traces each board that runs across the paths and illuminates the thick rope railing leading past reception, through the bar to the lodge's pool.

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Five minutes' walk from Tortuguero village, Mawamba Lodge is an all-inclusive ecolodge featuring 55 rooms, two butterfly gardens, a frog and turtle pond, swimming pool, volleyball court, restaurant, bar and beach nestled among tropical gardens filled with star fruit, pineapple and avocado trees.


Each of the Caribbean-style bungalows is raised off the ground with private patios that include their own hammocks and rocking chairs facing the lodge's gardens.  Inside Mawamba's rooms, visitors will find wood-paneled walls, screen windows with shutters, splayed-wood hanging lanterns and tropical folk art above the queen-size and single-size beds. Amenities include fans, safety deposit boxes and private bathrooms with hot showers.

Mawamba's most popular package, two days and one night, $210 for two people from April 16 to June 30 and September 1 to December 14, includes lodging, meals, tours and round-trip transportation from San Jose.  Packages for three days and two nights with the same features cost $299.


Mawamba offers breakfast, lunch and dinner served buffet-style at the lodge's restaurant as part of its packages. For breakfast, Mawamba serves omelets, gallo pinto (rice and beans), pancakes, cereal and fresh fruit. Lunch and dinner usually include a Caribbean-style meal with chicken stewed in coconut milk, pasta, lasagna and typical Costa Rican casados with rice, beans, chicken and/or fish as well as desserts like homemade crepes or coconut-inspired candy.

Services & amenities

Mawamaba has its own nature trail that leads guests through its tropical gardens past the rooms to a pond of fresh water turtles. A three-toed sloth is often spotted in the nearby trees, and, if you look closely among the tropical flora, you might spot a sleeping red-eyed green tree frog. Beyond the turtle pond, Mawamba has two butterfly gardens each with two to six species that include blue morpho, owl and heliconia butterflies. Beside these enclosures, visitors will find the frog pond where Mawamba cares for blue jean poison dart frogs and black and green poison dart frogs.

The Kotonga is Mawamba's floating restaurant often rented for cocktail-party sunset or moonlit dinners, the Kotonga floats up and down the Tortuga and Penitencia Rivers.  Tours on the Katonga include at least one free drink and either snacks or dinner, depending on the tour. The Kotonga is an additional tour not included in Mawama's two day, one night package.

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