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Punta Marenco Lodge
Gabriella 
Portland, Oregon
May 2008
Hi Debbie, I stayed at Marenco Resort Costa Rica in late Feb. It was incredible. It's not a typical "resort" so leave your heals at home and bring your hiking boots, flip flops and sun screen. We saw Holler Monkeys 3 feet from our door, had McCaw's in the trees above or porches and showered in cool water everyday because they don't have electricity, everything is run by a generator. It's a well protected environment and if you are into the environment you'll think your visiting heaven. I feel blessed to have had the experience. And, it's a favorite stop for Mel Gibson, who knows you may just find him there too.
Punta Marenco Lodge
Jennie 

January 2007
I was shocked, saddened and distressed today when I read the ‘nightmare’ review posted on this site a few weeks ago by the Canadian Couple that traveled to this lodge. I have traveled to Costa Rica twice a year over the past 15 years and have stayed with Fernando each time at the highly respectable and upstanding lodges that he has helped run, including Drake Bay Wilderness Resort, Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp, and now Punto Marenco Lodge. Fernando is, without a question, one of the most hospitable, kind, warm-hearted people I have ever had the privilege of meeting in my life. Everywhere he works, he creates such a welcoming atmosphere that many dedicated tourists, much like myself, have followed him from lodge to lodge, putting their faith in his hospitable nature and helpful and fun personality. Initially traveling to Costa Rica on a family vacation 15 years ago, our family had such a wonderful time working with Fernando as our amazing nature guide, that we decided to return each year, accumulating a lifetime of unforgettable experiences in one of the most amazing places on earth.

Though I cannot speak personally to the events that took place in the angry review that I read, I feel the need to speak to my 15 year relationship to this stunning part of the world, and the kind and caring people that truly make the experience what it is. I am a young woman, and have spent a good part of my life traveling through Central and South America. In my travels I have definitely seen the full spectrum of safe to dangerous places, some which I would not choose to return to, or at least not alone, but

I CONSIDER DRAKE BAY TO BE A VERY SAFE PLACE, WHERE I HAVE ALWAYS FELT VERY PROTECTED BY THE PEOPLE I HAVE STAYED WITH, INCLUDING THE STAFF OF PUNTO MARENCO LODGE, and would highly recommend it to any adventurous, nature loving tourist.

Punto Marenco has always provided me, and people I know, with excellent service, highly skilled guides, wonderful food, and all around an incredibly welcoming atmosphere. *Remember this lodge is in the middle of the jungle so the luxuries of the Ritz will obviously not be found, but in my experiences, the comfortable and simple accommodations are made into a luxury by the backdrop of the jungle and the wonderful treatment and service I have always received*
Punta Marenco Lodge
Sandra 
Canada
December 2006
We stayed at Punta Marenco Lodge also referred to as Corcovado eco lodge from December 13 to December 17, 2006. - http://corcovadoecolodge.com/ or http://www.puntamarenco.com/ ]

It was one of the worst experiences of our lives.

Punta Marenco Lodge provided inadequate and incorrect information regarding transportation to the lodge from Sierpe so we initially ended up at the wrong place. When we finally arrived at the appropriate destination, we were shown our cabin, informed we could store our valuables in the office and were left alone. No one provided a tour or explanation of the facility, a contact person was not identified and we had to ask for a key to our cabin. There was only one towel for both of us. We were provided with plastic bags for our valuables which we turned over to the facility manager, **********.

With the exception of the first day, we were the only guests at the facility. There was a visiting travel agent conducting an inspection of the place on the first night and we noticed a marked decline in service and attitude upon her departure. In fact, we had no running water the day she left.

Overall, the food was awful. Although I am accustomed to a certain gastronomical standard, I am happy with any sort of food presentation, even the simplest fair so long as it is sanitary and well prepared. The food at this lodge was beyond the worst camp food I have ever eaten. Stale and dried out, significantly watered down, overly salted, extremely lumpy, intensely greasy, over ripe, under ripe – in short, it was mostly inedible.

The majority of the twelve person staff was cold and covertly hostile. With the exception of one poor soul who (without resources) tried his best to make us comfortable, everyone else treated us like we were a bother, a hindrance. In fact, we felt as though we were interfering unwelcome guests at a dysfunctional family cottage run by gang members. When my husband gently suggested to ********** one morning that perhaps serving better coffee with hot milk at breakfast could improve the visitor experience the response was loud and clear. We knew we were simply stuck and there wasn’t anything we could do to be heard, even about the simplest things.
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