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3kms del la escuela de Boca Tapada San Carlos, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Boca Tapada 4417 Costa Rica
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  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
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#1 of 2 hotels in Boca Tapada
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Our hotel is the ideal place for nature lovers. We are strategically located inside the Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge, bordering the San Carlos River. We have 15 Bungalows and 8 tree houses of approximately 45 m2, equipped with: hot water (through solar panels), private bathroom, ceiling fan, open closet, balcony with a beautiful view to a natural lagoon or to the forest for the tree houses, where you can relax in a hammock while reading a book or just enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature. We have 68 acres of rainforest, within which we have trails for you to enjoy alone or with one of our guides. There is a great variety of flora and fauna, making this the perfect place for bird lovers. Currently, we have identified more than 592 species of birds.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Canoeing
Hiking
24-hour security
Gift shop
Secured parking
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Walking tours
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
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Blackout curtains
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Seating area
Clothes rack
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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3kms del la escuela de Boca Tapada San Carlos, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Boca Tapada 4417 Costa Rica
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Juan Santamaria Intl Airport76 kmSee all flights
Tortuquero Airport71 kmSee all flights
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Susan J wrote a review Sep 2022
Oakhurst, California9 contributions5 helpful votes
Amazing lodge with boat, canoe, trails, and outstanding wildlife with birding absolutely the best! The guide was knowledgeable and very fun/friendly. Quality rooms and restaurant with views and great overall experience. We will definitely return and tell our friends!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Luis Lira, Marketing at Maquenque Eco-Lodge
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you very much for your good comment and especially all your recommendation, for us it has been a real privilege to have had you at Hotel Maquenque Ecolodge and you have enjoyed our services and facilities.
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Stefan wrote a review Aug 2022
Döbeln, Germany1 contribution
The Highlight of our Costa Rica Tour. We spend two nights in a tree house in the middle of the rain forrest. All the people in service were extraordinary friendly and helpfully. The meals were very tasty and enough to gain weight ;o) The view from the dinning room is amazing and ideal to just sit and relax and watch animals.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 5 weeks ago
Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us, we are pleased to have been part of your vacation in Costa Rica.
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Ginny L wrote a review Jun 2022
Switzerland43 contributions49 helpful votes
One of the many stops on my tour of Costa Rica. I had the Perezoso room, one of the tree houses. It was in the middle of the jungle and due to the open side with mosquitoo nets instead of windows it really felt like I was right out there. They offer a variety of tours and I think I did almost all of them and I can recommend pretty much all of them. The staff was amazing and the food delicious. I can only recommend this hotel to anyone, I could have stayed much longer than the two nights I had booked. Allround amazing.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Thank you very much for sharing with us your experience of staying at Maquenque Ecolodge, we are pleased to have been part of your vacation in Costa Rica.
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Scott Blair wrote a review Jun 2022
Toronto, Canada7 contributions6 helpful votes
Lots to do and see. You must get a treehouse. Shower opens to the tree canopy 75 feet up. No bugs. Food excellent. Staff are delightful. Night walk is a must with Jose. He sees everything, knows everything and is super informative. Forest walk also incredible. Spider monkeys swinging overhead. You will wake up hearing howler monkeys and last night as we sat out at dusk we were entertained by two Tucans. Full NatGeo experience. We will be back.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Anilegna S wrote a review May 2022
Zurich, Switzerland41 contributions11 helpful votes
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We stayed for two nights in a treehouse, we could have stayed a lot longer! It was absolutely stunning, no glass was between the bed and the rainforest! You could hear and feel the life around you. I highly recommend to book a treehouse, it's absolutely worth it. Everything was very clean and comfortable. We even had a indoor and outdoor shower. The food in the restaurant was very good and the staff very friendly. The pool is also very nice and was very welcomed after the hot day. We loved our stay!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: For real jungle feeling you have to book a treehouse!
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Melanie wrote a review Apr 2022
Zurich, Switzerland1 contribution
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We had an excellent time here. We all enjoyed sleeping in the middle of the jungle in our cozy tree house. Everyone is very friendly. We saw a lot of animals on our boat trip. Food is really good and they are very flexible (i am a vegan and it was no problem).
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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TravellingHappily wrote a review Apr 2022
Brighton, United Kingdom271 contributions115 helpful votes
In north Costa Rica very near the Nicaraguan border. The last hour of the road there is on a gravel road. One of the lodge's boatmen ferries you across the river, and you walk up a tropical avenue to the welcoming lodge, which looks onto the lagoon and forest beyond. Our cabin was beside the lagoon, near the lodge; very spacious and peaceful. Bathroom gloomy, but hot shower. Comfortable beds. Ceiling fan (no A/C). No problem from mosquitos. Wifi only at the lodge. Very popular bird table in front of the dining room; tons of tanagers and oropendulas, honeycreepers and toucans. And a large troupe of coatis. Green and scarlet macaws fly by like arrows. Howler monkeys and agoutis, tarantulas and poison dart frogs in the forest. We did an early morning guided bird walk (44 species in 74 mins), a daytime and a night guided walk in the forest, and a river trip to the border; all excellent! The food is good and plentiful.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: The lagoon-side cabins are large and peaceful, with private verandah.
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Christoph W wrote a review Apr 2022
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The way to Maquenque is rough and bumpy and makes only fun with a good 4x4. The adventure starts when you unload your car in order to Hop on a boat to cross the River to the lodge. The main building with great dining and coffee has a direct view on a balcony to one of the lagoons. Highlights definetely the Tours with José,Antonio and Luis. Birding simply great, beds and bathrooms perfect in nice roomy lodges. If you like to See bull frogs while strolling to dinner in the evening and watch coati passing by everywhere ..and find a caiman bathing in the pool after Hours.. this is the Place to be. Thanks to all for a great time far north in Costa Rica close to the Nicaragua border
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rochelle F wrote a review Apr 2022
Randolph, New Jersey791 contributions328 helpful votes
We spent 9 weeks in Costa Rica and a Dutch couple said this was their favorite part. We stayed in one of the cabins near the main lodge which was just ok. FYI, internet only in the main lodge. There are also tree houses in the forest (which we saw when we hiked there). They are a hike away from the main area. This lodge is remote; you drive on an 18 km gravel road (when the paved road ends) and get to a cabin where you park your car, call the lodge. They transport you by boat to the other side of the river where the Lodge is located. You are surrounded by nature once you are at the property- there are trails, and lots of wildlife; great birds to see. We took the 6am hiking tour with the naturalist at the lodge and saw so many interesting birds; we also did the included jungle walk in the afternoon and saw many interesting animals, including 3 different species of frogs! The food is good (important as it is the only place to eat). We did leave after 2 nights (not 3) as that was enough time for us - it was raining and we heard the the boat trip was just so so given the low level of water. The staff were very nice, helpful and accommodating- when I needed to go back across the river at night to retrieve my hiking boot (I someone left one in the car on the other side); they arranged to take me. And so many stars out there - it was beautiful. You need to love nature to get here and to stay here.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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nessieva wrote a review Apr 2022
Karlsruhe, Germany22 contributions1 helpful vote
Since we wanted to see the macaws we decided to stay at the Maquenque Lodge to give it a try. We haven’t been disappointed, we were so lucky to see the scarlet macaws but besides that we saw a lot of other beautiful birds and more animals. I really enjoyed the time there, the area is not touristic at all and the nature is just beautiful. All the staff is super kind and the rooms were clean and big. Next time I would love to stay in a tree house but unfortunately they have been fully booked, so we had to stay in a normal room. The only thing I didn’t like that much was the food. I think there’s room for improvement.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$132 - US$218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaBoca Tapada
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Frequently Asked Questions about Maquenque Eco-Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Maquenque Eco-Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Rancho Alegre (3.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Maquenque Eco-Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Maquenque Eco-Lodge?
Top room amenities include blackout curtains, a desk, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Maquenque Eco-Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Maquenque Eco-Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Maquenque Eco-Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Maquenque Eco-Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Boca Tapada.
Are any cleaning services offered at Maquenque Eco-Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Maquenque Eco-Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Maquenque Eco-Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.
Is Maquenque Eco-Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.