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!
The beautiful ecolodge where you will stay for the next nights can only be reached by ferry. That makes the hotel a peaceful oasis in the midst of overwhelming nature. The Artavia family, a close-knit Costa Rican family are the owners of this lodge. Their 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. This is one of our Green Circle Member hotels.
One of our personal favorites and Green Circle Member hotel is Maquenque Lodge at Boca Tapada. The hotel is situated in the Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge at the San Carlos River. You have to cross the river (by boat) to get to this secluded paradise, where it is just you and the colourful birds and nature around you.
Treehouse in the jungle
During your stay at Maquenque Eco Lodge you sleep in a Treehouse in the canopy of the trees. This is will be a unique memory that will be one of the many highlights of your Green Circle Experience.
The owners and staff of Maquenque Eco Lodge are committed to sustainability. They have the vision that sustainability helps to balance the community and the ecosystem. To protect nature and help the community at the same time they have an extensive program.
For example, they offer free environmental education at schools in the area. With this program they aim to increase the knowledge and love for nature. Apart from that they support and promote community development projects, social welfare, health promotion, and education in the area.
The program doesn’t stop with the communities, Maquenque wants to inform their guests as well, and make them love nature even more. One of their initiatives is the Plant a tree program to compensate CO2 emissions. As well, they offer guided tours in the forest and an optional visit to a local elementary school.
By visiting Maquenqe Eco Lodge you contribute to the social and environmental development in the area!
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!
If you want to learn more about sustainable farming in Costa Rica, we recommend you to book a tour to ‘Finca Don Eduardo‘ (Mr. Eduardo’s farm). He will show you the local produce and shows you how to grow them environmentally friendly. Also, you learn how ‘jugo de caña’ (Sugarcane juice) is made with a traditional Trapiche, and of course you can try this refreshing drink!
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!
We received a warm welcome upon arrival in Maquenque. 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!
Our highlight was Maquenque! It was beautiful and the staff was so wonderfully friendly.
Absolutely great! Staff very nice and friendly. Food is a bit pricy. 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.