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Hiking in the jungle van Costa Rica

Boca Tapada is a small village near the Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge. The recently established protected area stretches from the river Sarapiqui in the south to the border with Nicaragua in the north and is a true natural paradise. Exploring the Costa Rican jungle is a great experience! 

Maquenque Ecolodge, the beautiful hotel where you will stay for the next 2 nights, can only be reached by ferry.  That makes the hotel a peaceful oasis in the midst of overwhelming nature. Upon arrival your will be welcomed by members of  the Artavia family, a close-knit Costa Rican family. Six children, now all adults, grew up in Boca Tapada and are now dedicating their lives to sustainable tourism and improving the natural environment around Maquenque Ecolodge.

  • Guided jungle hike
  • Nature reserve
  • Wildlife
  • Boat trip
  • Birdwatching
  • Pool

Wildlife spotting

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Wildlife spotting

The area around Maquenque Ecolodge is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. The most famous (and protected) residents here are the Great Green Macaws. In addition, you’ll also spot many other species of birds, turtles, caimans and crocodiles while on a guided hike or night tour.

Boat tour in the jungle

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Boat tour in the jungle

If you want to see more of the area, book the early bird tour, the relaxing boat trip to the Rio San Juan and Rio San Carlos or the exciting evening tour to explore the jungle in the dark!

Additionally, you can borrow one of the lodge’s kayaks to explore the waters around the lodge. Take a refreshing dive in the pool or just relax and read a book on the balcony of your bungalow. Whatever you choose to do, do keep your camera and binoculars ready for some bird watching!

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Van Buggenhout family

To us, the lodge was simply paradise with an incredible service! Definitely the nicest location we stayed during our holiday and I can recommend it to anyone. We slept in a real treehouse,which was great, but we chose to stay only one night here. The 2nd day we found a snake on our path to the treehouse and because of an earlier guided tour, I knew this was a poisonous snake. The people of the lodge removed the snake and, on our request, let us sleep in a bungalow near the lake. Service was great and we can only say that if you travel to Costa Rica, you should definitely stay here!

In Maquenque we went horseback riding. A great tour, but unfortunately our guide only spoke Spanish. He was a very sweet and pleasant man though who did his very best. The guided tour in the jungle, included in our stay, was really nice. A great guide who showed us as much as possible.

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Oldewarris family

Superb lodge. Beautiful bungalow. Nice tours and great guides. Top 3!

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Van der Wal / Lely family

Very nice location, very neat. The guided tour is also fun and beautiful. We had a nice dinner there. It is not really possible to eat anywhere else than in the hotel, but that is not a problem at all, because the food is very tasty.

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Hoogeboom family

Incredibly beautiful location, we had a Jurassic Park feel. Great food and lots of new animals. Many opportunities for activities such as walks, canoeing, etc. And a beautiful pool in the garden.
Your water is heated with solar heaters, unfortunately that didn’t work always that well.

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Clemens and Simone Berendse

Magnificent. You arrive by boat and end up in a paradise full of birds. Nice reception with coconut cocktail. Good restaurant and varied buffet, but a bit more expensive.

Beautiful bungalows. Good guide, heard and seen a lot. Nice walk!
Afterwards we heard we could have planted a tree, that was not included in our stay, too bad!

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Neutkens-Scholten family

A paradise in the middle of the jungle! We had a beautiful bungalow near the lake. In the restaurant you can enjoy delicious food and enjoy the tropical birds flying off and on.
With our guide Cathalina we made a great tour. We visited a farm where we could see and taste everything. The next day we sailed all the way to the border with Nicaragua and visited a local village. Along the way we spotted beautiful animals.
With Cathalina we also made a tour through the jungle. I spotted many animals and received a lot of information. The monkeys did not appreciate our visit to their territory and started to throw fruit and branches. It was a great experience. At the end of the tour we planted a tree and thus contributed to the preservation of the rainforest.

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Frans and Lindy

Absolutely great! Staff very nice and friendly. Food is pricey. Good guide. We received a lot of information, learned a lot from our guide and spotted many animals. Planting the trees was very nice. Would like to go again to see if “our tree” has grown.

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Gierman family

A beautiful place! You can hardly get closer to nature. We walked through the rainforest with a guide and saw many animals, especially birds. The boat excursion to the border with Nicaragua was also very nice (we spotted crocodiles!).

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Wiebe, Franciske, Marrit and Rigt

We received a warm welcome upon arrival in Maquengue. Very nice houses, lots of nature, a true paradise! The next day we walked around and explored the rainforest. In the afternoon, our guide informed us about the usefulness of the animals and vegetation. Afterwards we went for a kayak tour. We then enjoyed the great restaurant, relaxed at the pool and spotted a crocodile at breakfast the next day!

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Aad and Jos

Our next destination was Boca Tapada and Maquenque Eco Lodge. A long, unpaved road took us led us through pineapple fields and in the end we stepped on the ferry and crossed the river to the hotel. The final destination was a wonderful surprise. Far from the inhabited world, among many birds we slept in a tree house and in a bungalow near the lake. A nice place to relax and to go horseback riding. We also made a boat tour to Nicaragua, explored the jungle with a guide and spotted lots of birds. This lodge was managed by a very friendly and hospitable family who really pampered us. This is truly a place for nature lovers and can feel somewhat remote  if you want to see or do something different than mentioned above.

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De Regt family

Our highlight was Maquenque! It was beautiful and the staff was so wonderfully friendly.

Tip from Maite:

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Tip from Maite:

My tip is to get up early when staying in Maquenque and enjoy the sunrise. The beautiful colors and sounds of the awakening jungle are magical. The hotel is indeed in a beautiful and secluded spot, here you feel on with the jungle around you.

What to see and do in Maquenque:

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

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The unspoiled nature of Rio San Juan
The San Juan River connects the great Lake of Nicaragua to the Carribean Sea. This region is known for its unspoiled nature and because it had a rather wild past, you still find historic monuments along the river banks that reflect the region's importance when pirates ruled the seas. All this makes the area along the river and the towns of San Carlos and El Castillo an attractive region to visit. Here, nature and history come together in an unprecedented way.
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Staying in a sustainable ecolodge in Chachagua (Arenal)
Near Arenal you can stay the night at Finca Luna Nueva, a sustainable ecolodge in the jungle near the town of La Fortuna. Everything you eat comes from the farm and experienced guides take you on a farm tour to see how everything is being produced, a fantastic experience!
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Discover Arenal volcano from La Fortuna
The Arenal volcano is one of the seven active volcanoes in Costa Rica. The little town of La Fortuna at its foot has developed into an important travel destination and offers a wide variety of restaurant, shops and bars, but also great tours.
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From wellness to action in Rio Perdido
Rio Perdido is a sustainable luxury hotel offering great activities to its guests. You can go hiking, moutainbiking, rafting....and afterwards book a relaxing massage at the beautiful hotel spa. The hotel is a really off the beaten track destination, but you definitely will not get bored!
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Magical blue waterfalls in Bijagua
Bijagua is a charming village near the river Rio Celeste and the Tenorio national park. The river was named after the intense blue colour of its water. Take your time hiking up to the beautiful waterfall in the jungle and explore the area by horseback or mountainbike. You stay in a comfortable bungalow with great view of the volcano.
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To milk cows and collect eggs in El Castillo
El Castillo is a small village at the foot of the Arenal volcano, the most famous volcano in Costa Rica. You stay at an inspiring location, literally at the end of the road. Here, you eat what the land, cows, pigs and chicken have to offer. Everything is grown and prepared in an organic way and super fresh! You can experience the farm life yourself as well by helping to collect eggs and milk cows. Later on you can take a relaxing yoga class or dive into the natural pool. Enjoy!
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Stay at a real ‘finca’ in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
Finca Sura is a typical Costa Rican family run farm. Don Rodolfo, his wife Doña Rosa and their 8 adult children will warmly welcome you at the finca and will happily share their lives with you for a couple of days. You will stay in basic, but comfortable bungalows and the culinary skills of Doña Rosa will pamper your tastebuds and make these few days unforgettable. Experience the true Pura Vida of Costa Rica here at Finca Sura!
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From cacao to pineapples in authentic Sarapiqui
Sarapiqui was originally a small town on the banks of the Sarapiqui River. In the region you find many cacao, coffee, pineapple and banana plantations. Join Jean-Pierre, the Belgian owner of the lodge you're staying, on his tour and learn more about the history of cacao and chocolate!

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