Maquenque Eco Lodge

A family-owned lodge set amidst lush rainforest with ample opportunities for guided walks, hikes, boat trips and horse rides in the remote and unspoilt natural environment.


Within Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge, in northern Costa Rica near the Nicaraguan border.


Maquenque Eco Lodge is open all year.

Accommodation type

Eco-lodge & Treehouse


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Maquenque Eco Lodge

Owned and run by the Costa Rican Artavia family, this waterside lodge is shorn of any unnecessary trappings and trimmings, so there is nothing to distract from its pristine setting. Sit back on your balcony as you contemplate the day ahead, looking forward to time spent on rainforest trails, cruising on the river, canoeing on the limpid lagoon or horse riding with a local Sabanero. Knowledgeable guides pass on their insights and help you spot the prolific bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian and insect life. There are also chances to visit villages to meet local people and learn about their lifestyles. Buffet meals prepared using fresh produce from the gardens provide all the nutrients you need, and as you eat you can enjoy panoramic views of the countryside and watch birds at the feeding stations.


canoeWhy go to Maquenque Eco Lodge?

Maquenque Eco Lodge is all about nature. As well as following your guide on walking trails in the private rainforest reserve, you can go canoeing on the lagoon and take boat and raft trips on the San Carlos river, all excellent ways to experience Maquenque’s pristine setting. The lodge’s green garden provides the vast majority of the fruit and vegetables you’ll eat at El Paso de la Lapa, or ‘Macaw Crossing’ restaurant, and there’s a botanical garden with a wide assortment of tropical plants.

birdWildlife around Maquenque Eco Lodge

The rainforest is home to over 400 species of birds including great green and scarlet macaws, toucans, tanagers, parakeets, jabiru storks, great curassows, roseate spoonbills, ibis, sunbittern and hummingbirds. Sloths, howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys are commonly seen in the trees, and there is abundant reptile and amphibian life. Cruising on the San Carlos river you’re likely to spot crocodiles, caimans, herons and kingfishers.

Maquenque Eco Lodge Highlights

  • Small lodge with a relaxed atmosphere
  • Excellent bird and wildlife viewing
  • Explore on foot, by boat, canoe and on horseback
  • Unwind on your private balcony
  • Friendly, helpful hosts and staff
  • Meet local villagers on a guided tour

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Maquenque Eco Lodge


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • 28 hectares of private rainforest
  • Botanical garden
  • Fruit and vegetable garden
  • Wi-Fi internet access


  • 8kms of walking trails with guides available
  • Bird watching
  • Nocturnal guided rainforest walks
  • Boat trips on the San Carlos river
  • River rafting tours
  • Horse riding
  • Guided visit to the local village and school

What is included in the stay

Accommodation, daily breakfast, guided morning rainforest walk, use of wellington boots and walking poles in the grounds, canoeing on the lagoon, a visit to the local school with a student guide, planting a tree in the rainforest to support sustainable tourism


There are 14 standard bungalows, all with ceiling fans, en-suite bathroom with solar-heated water, and balcony with chairs and a hammock and views of the lagoon. They are simply furnished and decorated in light tones. They are located at varying distances from the central areas of the lodge. Standard rooms accommodate up to 3 adults, or 2 adults plus 2 children under the age of 12 years.

The 4 treehouse rooms are set 12 metres off the ground in almond and tamarind trees, reached by a series of wooden steps. Each has a bedroom facing a see-through gauze wall with views of trees and birds, en-suite bathroom with shower and a large deck. They accommodate up to 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.


Children of all ages are welcome. Those aged under 4 years stay free of charge when sharing with parents.


There is Wi-Fi internet access in the reception and restaurant areas.

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