1st Day SAN JOSE – TORTUGUERO
Departure from most hotels in San Jose to Tortuguero. We will travel along Route #32, passing the impressive Braulio Carrillo National Park. We will make a stop, at approximately 8 a.m., for a typical Costa Rican breakfast (including the traditional “Gallo Pinto”) at the Rio Danta Restaurant located in Guápiles. From there, our adventure continues towards the pier of La Pavona in Guápiles, or if necessary due to weather conditions, the Caño Blanco pier in Siquirres (La Pavona is the main port of operation).
11:00 am. Arrival at the pier, where you will have the opportunity to buy refreshments or a snack and use the bathroom. We will board the boat from Mawamba Lodge, for a trip of approximately one hour to Tortuguero (depending on the water levels, these times may vary). The first part of the route is made by the Rio La Suerte and later by the Tortuguero River and the canals.
12: 15-1: 00 p.m. Arrival at Mawamba Lodge. Welcome by the hotel manager, and check in your room. Afterwards, they meet with their guide and group for lunch in the restaurant by the pool area (Lunch is served 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.).
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. This afternoon is a fantastic opportunity to visit the village of Tortuguero along with the rest of visitors and their guide. Through this visit, learn more about this small community of approximately 350 families, their way of life and their activities. After a free time to tour the town, we return to the lodge walking along the beach and the trail to the lodge if the weather permits. (From Mawamba Lodge you can go and come to the Town without having to take a boat). In case you do not want to walk, please let the guide know to organize a boat transfer.
7:30 pm. We meet again in the restaurant for dinner. This is served buffet style from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Accommodation at the Mawamba Lodge hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
2nd Day TORTUGUERO
5:30 am. We met at the coffee shop next to reception for a coffee / tea before leaving for the boat tour at sunrise.
5:45 a.m. Departure to the Tortuguero National Park. Visit one of the chanals and discover and learn about the famous biodiversity that resides in this area. We recommend you bring your poncho and your raincoat (at any time it can rain in the Rainforest). Also, do not forget to bring cash to pay your entrance to the National Park.
8:00 am. Breakfast is served at the lodge. Kindly request to leave your room at approximately 8:30 a.m., and meet in the reception area for the departure at 9:00 a.m. back to the dock.
11:00 am. Arrival at the pier, to use of bathrooms and convenience store, before boarding the bus back to San José.
1:00 pm. Stop for lunch at the Rio Danta Restaurant, from Grupo Mawamba.
END OF SERVICES
– All times are approximate and the logistics or order of the itinerary may vary. Changes may arise depending on the weather and road conditions. Always check with your guide the hours of departure for your activities.
– If you have a food restriction, please let us know before the trip, as the options at Tortuguero are limited.
– There is limited luggage space on buses and boats. Please pack light, for a maximum of 25lb per person.
– Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, cocktails or bottled water is not included in the package price.
– The spawning season covers the months of July to October.
– What to bring: Poncho (raincoat), comfortable walking shoes and sandals, swimsuit, quick-drying cotton clothes, a light coat, cape / cap, sunscreen, insect repellent, camera / binoculars and personal items .
¿WHAT IS INCLUDE IT?
- 1 night of lodging at the Mawamba Lodge Hotel
- Visit to the town of Tortuguero
- Visit to the Tortuguero canals
- Optional: talk and visit around the hotel to learn about sustainable actions (described below)
- Breakfast: 2
- Lunch: 1
- Dinner: 1
- Regular transportation by land from San Jose to the Muelle de la Pavona.
- Transportation by boat from Pavona dock – Mawamba Lodge – Pavona dock.
- Regular transportation by land from Muella de Pavona to San José
- Tips for waitresses and porters at Mawamba Lodge
- Bottle of water during transfers.
- Other meals or drinks not included in the itinerary.
- Alcoholic drinks.
Rates valid for the month of May 2019
|US$ 295.00||US$ 242.00||US$ 219.00||US$ 156.00|
- All rates are per person in US dollars.
- Rates quoted with the minimum number of participants mentioned in each range, if the number of people varies, it is necessary to request a re-quote for services.
- Child rate applies for ages from 3 to 11 years old, as long as the children share a room with two adults, maximum 2 children per room.
- Mawamba Lodge
It has 50 standard rooms divided into:
20 rooms with a double bed and a single bed (for use up to triple)
22 rooms with one king bed (for use up to double)
08 rooms with two queen beds (for quadruple use and families with 2 adults and 2 children)
All rooms are divided into modules of 4, distributed in three blocks in the Lodge (one floor). They have a view of the garden or the canal and all are non-smoked. They offer private bathroom with hot water, ceiling fan, safe box, shampoo amenities and liquid soap. At the reception there is a limited number of hair dryers, if required.
There are 2 rooms for disabled visitors, accessible by wheelchair and with handles in the bathroom.
SUSTAINABILITY HOTEL MAWAMBA LODGE
- Environmental policies
From the projection of the infrastructure of the Lodge, a design was sought that did not require an exaggerated use of the land, this in order not to invade or damage the primary forest and the ecosystems that it harbors. Because their owners have always shown great respect and concern for the environment.
- Certification for tourism sustainability (5 Sustainability Sheets)
The Mawamba Group has decided to acquire for the Certification for Tourism Sustainability, since it has always operated under different environmental practices of great magnitude. Their commitment is to work together to achieve the clear objective of reducing and / or mitigating in their activities and processes any negative impact on the environment, culture or society. The Lodge tries to commit itself to the proper use of natural resources in order to achieve a mutual benefit, both for the company and for the community and the environment.
This is why it was decided to implement an Environmental Management System (EMS), in which the main objective is to make the concept of sustainability practical and necessary in the context of the country’s tourism competitiveness, with a view to improving the way in which The use of natural and social resources is intended to encourage the active participation of local communities and provide new support for the competitiveness of the business sector.
It is considered that it is a must to make the tourist aware of the environmental impacts, so in the informative guide for the guest, they invite the client to join this program through the following actions:
– Turn off the light when leaving the rooms or while you can not take advantage of natural lighting.
– Use the heating only when necessary.
– Reuse towels.
– Be a participant in the sustainable programs that the Lodge has.
– Recycle solid waste.
– Visit national parks and natural reserves near the region.
– Do not feed the animals.
– Do not extract plants.
– Keep silence in the nature reserves so as not to scare the animals.
– In consideration of non-smokers, please respect the non-smoking areas.
- The three main axes to achieve sustainability
Mawamba Lodge recognizes that all its actions have an impact on the environment and society; as a priority need. Management implements, within its priorities, an Environmental Management System (EMS); oriented towards the reduction and mitigation of all environmental and social impacts that the company causes as a result of its activities.
The administration makes public its commitment through the present Environmental Policy, which becomes the starting point to guide all the actions of the organization and also to define its objectives and goals in favor of the achievement of good practices to the sustainability of the environment, the economy and society.
Mawamba Lodge assumes the following commitments and ensures constant monitoring and updating thereof, in order to achieve a continuous improvement of the company’s environmental performance.
Natural resources: will be used in a sustainable manner; promoting its conservation and rational use; so that most actions comply with the applicable Environmental Legislation.
Economic activities: they will be viable in the long term and their benefits will be distributed to all involved in an equitable manner.
Sociocultural authenticity: the activities, products and services of the hotel will be oriented to disseminate and conserve the cultural diversity of the country.