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Maquenque Eco-Lodge

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Maquenque is maquenque. Wonderful place. Great people. Awesome animals. Great for birdwatching. The grounds are superb. The chalets that are close to the river are great but the ones that are Like a treehouse are amazing

Already the crossing by boat from the secured parking lot to Maquenque Island is an adventure in itself. Chico brings the luggage from the ferry to the bungalow or tree house. A refreshing Coconut Welcome drink and cool humid towels are proposed to the guests. What a relieve after the 45 minutes drive from Pital. By the way : the road 250 from Pital to Boca Tapada isn't AS bad anymore as everybody tells you (not in March anyway). As told by the front desk, the villages bordering the 250 have asked the government to improve it in order to encourage the visitors. The potholes have been refilled, The restaurant / lounge desks / kiosk have superb views. The bird feeders are well supplied. Wonderful layouts and gardens around the lagoons and natural ponds. The grounds and gardens are very well kept and attract a large variety of birds and other species. Breakfast buffet is appetizing and has a nice selection.You can even ask for a delicious omelette ! In the morning, you check the blackboard, pick and order your choices for lunch and dinner as everything is cooked to order with fresh ingredients (mostly from their garden). Unfortunately there is no wine by the glass available. We stayed 2 nights in Perezoso tree house and 1 night in Murciélago bungalow. The charm of the 4 treehouses involves that they are on a separate island and quite away from the main buildings and other bungalows. An easy and pleasant stroll over 2 bridges (headtorch or flashlight needed – can be borrowed from reception). I admire the cleaning ladies who climb up more than 50 steps to the treehouses every day ! There is an indoor shower and an outdoor shower. It's amazing to shower above the canopy in the middle of the nature and to listen to foreign sounds. Murciélago bungalow is the closest to the restaurant. Danta Bungalow would be our favourite. The maintenance is quick. Lots of information is given by the knowledgable and very helpful staff. Everybody is motivated to help and they are all so incredible smiley and friendly. Their commitment to help preserve the environment is incredible and it seems they support the local school too. Plenty of things to do : Canoeing on the laguna and miles of rainforest trails. It's a pity that we were not told that Sendero El Mirador was closed – we kept looking for it. Nice little swimming pool surrounded by flowers and plants, but I couldn't find the shower. We were a little bit disapointed by the « Plant a tree ceremony » - we were excpecting something more official and our names on the tree or so. In the reception area, there is a small selection of local and regional craft souvenirs.

We visited for three nights . It was truly paradise. I can honestly say that for me it is the favourite place I have ever visited. The staff are wonderful and it felt like paradise. We loved the activities, canoeing, boat trip , day safari and night safari. The guides were brilliant and so knowledgable. The restaurant food is lovely and as vegetarians we were well catered for. Peaceful and beautiful, I cannot recall ever feeling so relaxed and at one with nature. I can’t wait to return .

Arriving in a tropical downpour wasn't the best start but there are plenty of umbrellas available. The rooms/chalets are private and discrete but somewhat lacking in anything other than basic furnishings. OK for a couple of nights but a bit spartan if you are there for longer. No air con but there is a fan. Breakfast was the low spot of the stay with lots of flies round the food being cooked. Otherwise the food was much the same as other Costa Rican eco lodges. Being able to watch the birds at the feeding station at the edge of the lake in front of the restaurant was great. The range of birdlife was very good and the rangers/guides weer excellent. Two nights is probably about right for most people unless you want to spend a lot of time birdwatching.

This lodge is a treasure. It might be a little difficult to get to but so worth it. The bungalows were spacious, private, and comfortable. The food was delicious and staff was so friendly and helpful. The best part of course was the amount of birds and wildlife we were able to observe around the lodge and on the trails. There were feeders with fruit put out everyday and we were able to see an incredible amount of different varieties of birds and little mammals coming to feed. This is an ideal place to stay if you want to get a true taste of Costa Rica.

Fantastic location, fantastic lodge, fantastic staff. If we would return to one lodge a next time in CR, this one is certainly a top candidate. Great value for money, as it is very reasonably priced. Working point can be the breakfast organisation.

We stayed two nights in this little paradise. the great thing is that the place is extremly remote and that you have a pleasant and quiet sourrinding to enjoy. you can book walks during the day and in the evening after sunset which gives you the opportunity to watch all the great birds and animals. It is a quiet place and if you have ever come across the masses of tourists in some places of Costa Rica you will appreciate this place even more. in Addition - very clean place, very friendly staff, Food is good but international (Pasta, hamburger etc.) and maybe not what you look for at such a place. if you want to go for a tree house, you have to book very early. there will be no light on the way, so you should enjoy walking with your torch through the wood some meters. Tree houses have no windows and on the front side only a mosquito net. However people who stayed there, loved it. we were super fine with one of the bungalows.

We stayed in Almendro tree house for 4 nights. The tree house was better than we had anticipated with both indoor and outdoor shower and a comfortable large double bed. OK there isn’t a huge amount of hanging space, but being at tree top level, we were prepared for a few sacrifices. The grounds and trails were good with two good guides, especially Chino. The main restaurant was perfectly OK with 5 choices of main course for both lunch and dinner, although not terribly adventurous. My wife had to go veggie owing to a health condition at the last minute and they catered very well considering. Just outside the restaurant they have set up feeding stations which entertained even novice birders for a time. There were other viewing areas to take in the lake environment and allied to the guided walks, provided good birding - although not much else to do barring that. The approach road is perfectly OK but you need to leave your car on one side of the San Carlos river and get ferried across by the lodges own boat.

Arrival by ferry from the unpaved road, and the 300 metre walk to reception reveals a wonderful world. The bird feeders were full of toucans of all sorts. A group of cuatros joined in the entertainment. Staying in a tree house is worth the extra. ...even if it’s 54 steps up to the room. There is great food. Canoeing on the lake, trips along the river to see the wild life and a farm...sundowners over the lagoon watching a caiman slink along...

Spent several days here with family. The Lodge is a bit of a trek from San Jose but worth the effort. The rooms and dining area are all very comfortable We were in a cabin located beside a lake a couple of minute walk from the dining room. Maquenque also has 4 tree house rooms available which appeared to be in high demand. The food which I would describe as Costa Rican was very enjoyable. The staff was friendly and helpful. I had a small billing issue but I found that Julio addressed my issue quickly and took care of the issue. We took their boat excursion on the river and were fortunate to see several King Vultures. The grounds are beautiful and many colourful birds are attracted to the feeders outside the restaurant. For people who like Toucans, this is a great place to come. Gracias Julio

3.5 km north of Boca Tapada School Boca Tapada Alajuela

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Maquenque Eco-Lodge is within the area of Quebrada Grande Biological Reserve. This 14-room, 3-star hotel has free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free self parking. It's on the riverwalk and also within the region of Costa Rica Nature Pavilion and San Agustin Church.


Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge.


The 14 accommodations feature furnished balconies and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Relax with a rainfall shower. Private yards, coffee makers, and ceiling fans are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Maquenque Eco-Lodge enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and express check-in. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with tours/tickets and securing valuables. Additional amenities include express check-out, laundry facilities, and wedding services.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

97.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 507 reviews