Nesting turtles on the beach a few minutes walk away, dawn boat trips along the flooded jungle waterways, birdwatching from your balcony, huge amorous iguanas around the swimming pool (only amorous towards each other I should explain – we were there in their mating season) – this is a bit of paradise in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. We stayed at Pachira Lodge as part of an excellent tour with Llama Travel (llamatravel.com) but you can book independently too. The spacious but simply furnished rooms are in wooden cabins on raised walkways amidst 34 acres of beautiful butterfly-filled gardens where you hear (and sometimes see) the strange bark of howler monkeys on your way to meals. The rates are inclusive of all meals plus boat transfers and tours. Doubles $289 for two days, one night. Just one warning – it’s in the rainforest, so it does, well, rain a lot. We were lucky but the welly store in the hotel was a clue.
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