We had a fabulous time at Macquenque and would very much recommend it. It is well off the beaten track on an old cattle farm bordering the primary forest. The area is fascinating as a proportion of the nearby land is farmed as you can see if you go on the boat trip towards Nicaragua (recommended - we saw lots of wildlife and crocs). There is almost no other tourism in the area and so you do feel very much away from the tourist trail.
The bird life was the best we saw on our whole trip. The variety and volume of birds visible from the dining area was staggering. We saw nesting Great Green Macaws just across the river with a youngster who helpfully pocked his (or her) head out of the nest every now and then. We also saw both blue jean and red eyed frogs.
Food was good typical Costa Rican and, when we were there, the pool was immaculate. The accomodation doesn't sit right within the forest but in thinned landscaped gardens overlooking their lagoons. This actually made for a much better wildlife spotting experience as the sight lines are much longer than if you we're within the trees
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maquenque Eco-lodge is a new 60 hectare reserve located just north of Boca Tapada, San Carlos and offers easy access to the newly created Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge, of 60.000 hectares in size. A local family, Canoa Aventura Tour Operator and a Swiss family are creating this jungle lodge to maintain and conserve wildlife habitat, while providing visitors with high quality accommodations and service in a unique framework ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maquenque Eco-Lodge Costa Rica/Boca Tapada