Mawamba Lodge has a unique and privileged location in the exquisitely evergreen Tortuguero Canals and National Park. Nestled on fine strip of land, between the Caribbean Ocean and the Tortuguero Canals, it blends in with the surrounding natural richness to welcome you in this tropical sanctuary.

Remember! Traveling to Tortuguero is a whole adventure by itself, there are no roads to get here and, thus, from start to end, adventure is our everyday component. 

Mawamba’s experience is laid-back, Caribbean style, and it can get as adventurous as you want. From the soft, quiet boat outings to discover the jungle to the adrenaline filled kayak tours and evening exploration tours. It is fit for the traveler of all ages, where children will understand and learn to cherish the beauty of our natural resources, where couples who enjoy nature will romance discovering unique experiences and where families can experience a fantastic tropical time. 


Your stay at Mawamba is complemented with unique services:



54 Standard rooms

Built in fine woods, and surrounded by views of the tropical gardens. All rooms are non smoking and built to experience the sounds of the Rainforest (there is no TV, radio, or air conditioning in your room). Learn more

4 Superior rooms

Independent and ample rooms, “casita” style. Located at the end of the property, for added privacy.  These rooms offer a delightful view of the canals.  All rooms are non smoking. Learn more



Mawamba offers two restaurants, “Mamba” restaurant located by the pool and close to the beach, offers buffet style meals included in your package and served under meal schedules. Breakfast is served from 7:30-9:00 am, lunch from 12:30 to 2:00 pm and dinner from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. 

Katonga floating restaurant offers lunches and dinners on board, while quietly cruising along the Tortuguero canals (extra cost and by reservation only).

Bar and Lounge

Located close to the pool area, and next to the open-air Red Eyed Tree Frog proyect. Mawamba’s Bar Chelonia, offers tropical cocktails, soft and hard drinks as well as smoothies and coffee. Free wifi available in the area.

Coffee Room 

Located next to reception, the cafeteria is an area to relax, enjoy your preferred book or one from our “take one, leave one” library. Free wifi available in the area.

Gift Shop

Here you’ll find souvenirs, t-shirts, and a number of personal hygiene products. Gift shop is open from 7 to 10 am and from 2 to 7 pm. 

Swimming pool and whirlpool area: Surrounded by the restaurant, bar and lounge the swimming pool area is a delicious way to relax and freshen up after a day of adventures in the jungle. 

Pool & Whirlpool

Surrounded by green, lush and tropical gardens, the pool area is the ideal place to refresh after a day of outings exploring the Jungle. Next to the pool is the bar area and lounge, the restaurant and our open air ¨Red Eyed Tree frog project.¨

Mawamba Beach

Mawamba Lodge is a beach-front property, but please note that it is not suitable for swimming, because of currents and tides. No swimming is allowed on the beach.  At reception, you will find hammocks for beach use. From the beach you can walk to town, located at a mile distance from Mawamba Lodge. 


Due to its location, at Mawamba we offer you a  complete vacation package from San Jose (for more information please read Location). A vacation to Mawamba Lodge is a hassle free one, where we take care of all the logistics of the trip.  Packages include for transportation (land and boat), meals, lodging, and selected tours with a naturalist bilingual guide. 

Mawamba Park

Located at the back end of the property, Mawamba Park was created to offer visitors the opportunity to see those creatures that are harder to find out in the wild due to their size. These private trails feature two butterfly gardens and a frog garden. All guests at Mawamba Lodge have unlimited access for a self guided walk, and a guided visit is included in our 3 day & 2 night package .

Rustic Atmosphere

Our Lodge is surrounded by delightful tropical scenery, ornamental plants, the sounds of the waves of the Caribbean Ocean, evergreen plants and lush forest. Our rooms don’t have TV, radios nor air conditioning, so we can let you experience the sounds of the Rainforest. 

Sustainability & Biodigestor

Conscious of the need to protect our natural resources we care to conduct low impact operations to the fragile surrounding eco system, provide support to the community where we are and use our “best practices” in the daily operations, part of which is our bio digester that is used to treat sewage waters and return methane gas to heat up our stoves.  Nowadays, approximately 30% of the gas that we use comes from our source, the bio-digester.


The tour package you choose includes for selected tour, but besides these, Mawamba offers unique experiences to complement and enhanceyour Tortuguero experience. Choose from kayaking tours, early morning boat tours, night tours, meals on board Katonga floating restaurant and more.  Learn more

Conference Room

Our conference room has a maximum capacity of 55 people and is a floating platform over the Tortuguero river. 


For a more comfortable stay please make sure to read our recommendations.