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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We spent 2 nights in this lodge. The cabanas and their view are incredible (make sure you have a river front balcony). The place is tidy and decorated with taste. Shame that the managing and the personal aren't anything more than efficient. They hooked us up with costly, short and not very authentic walk in Indio Mais reserve. We suspect the cozyness and the soul of the lodge has left with the missing founder.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Rafael C, Propietario at Sabalos Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2016

Dear visitor.
Thanks for your opinion, it’s important for us.
Personally I talked with the workers at the lodge.
About the tours, all tours we offered are develop by the communitarian, they are microbusiness than receive benefit for their work. The Indio Maiz reserve became very muddy and the animals hide when they hear the noise.

Because of that, we communicate with one of the local guides and ask to develop a tour in a new area with abundant flora and fauna that we hope will provide better experience to visitors.
The new tour is called Boca Negra and tourists who have visited have returned very satisfied.

I really appreciate your comment because allowed us to improve our service.
Thanks.
Rafael ChoiseulPraslin
Co-owner

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Reviewed 12 August 2016

Fantastic base to go up river to see the most fabulous wildlife. We went with Eliecer from Jacamar and he was super (in Spanish). Lovely funny guy who knew where to look for animals. We paddled under a tree and sat below a group of howler monkeys and it was amazing. At the lodge, Ronny and Ilias were brilliant, sorting out our onward transport, getting up extra early to take us to the ferry and make us breakfast. They even taught us the Rules of Uno. Great guys, thanks.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for two night and really loved it. The lodge is very clean and pretty. At night we heard many sounds from the animals inside of the jungle which was very exciting!

Inside of the lodge is not so much to do. You can relax in a hammock or do a tour.

The staff was super nice and ready to help with anything. If you want to do a day tour, do not do a Indio Maiz daytour from Meredith! It costs $110 for two but the tourguide was so unexperienced. She saw rarely any animals and was even a little scared herself.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights in this lodge. Bungalows are great, real jungle-feel, no windows, just a roof and mosquito net to cover your bed. Staff is very friendly and helpful, they provide great meals and do their best to make you feel comfortable and at home. Enjoyed a fantastic tour through the jungle and to El Castillo. Surely 100% worth the effort to get there (2 hours by public boat, an adventure on its own) and a great place to return one day.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Rafael C, Propietario at Sabalos Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2016

Dear male_020.

Thanks for visit us. I'm glad you enjoy your stay with Us.

Regards
Rafael

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Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Rarely do you get to stay somewhere so special. Open sided cabins on the river front with all the sounds of the jungle and the river.

It's a Nic'a Eco Lodge so it's rustic in places. The staff spoke good English and were were very helpful.

Ignore the ferry timetable on their website it will be out of date. Ask the locals in San Carlos what the current ferry timetable is.
Also if the river is low ignore the bit on their website about getting the ferry to stop at their jetty - it won't. You get off at Sabalos and then they will come and get you in the hotel Panga - help them help you by tell them what ferry you will be on.

(When talking to locals about tours don't get too excited about visiting steam ship wreaks there is not much to see.)

Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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