Occupying former farmland originally owned by the father of the four siblings who now run it, the Maquenque lodge is a haven for birdwatchers and naturalists situated in northern Costa Rica near the Nicaraguan border.
Accommodation is in 14 comfortable detached cabanas, each built of local materials with private bathroom, ceiling fan and balcony ideal for watching scarlet macaws and parrots flying overhead. The cabanas overlook a private lagoon bisected by a causeway containing scores of caiman as well as northern jacana, whistling duck and purple gallinule. Montezuma’s oropendola build their hanging nests near to the cabanas and often their odd call is the first sound you wake to in the morning. There is a swimming pool with sun loungers and buffet restaurant serving delicious typical Tico dishes using ingredients sourced from the local area. There is also a bar and lounge on site, perfect for discussing a day in the forest with fellow guests.
Two new treehouse bedrooms bring a higher level of accommodation (literally) being raised 12 metres in the forest canopy. A fantastic way to experience the forest but not for the faint hearted.
The lodge has canoes for the lagoon and two kilometres of trails through the private rainforest reserve inhabited by iguanas, coatis and howler monkeys. It takes part in a scheme to protect the highly endangered great green macaw, which should be observable near the car park (in season).
Night walks at the lodge are always a great way to find smaller wildlife and might reveal red-eyed tree frogs, eyelash vipers and nightjars. Longer rainforest treks, dedicated birdwatching walks, tree-planting and a visit to a local school can all be organised.
Private bathrooms, buffet restaurant, complimentary breakfast, bar, lounge, swimming pool, sun deck, hammock, laundry service, ceiling fan, free parking and a safety deposit box at reception.
Mantled howler and central American spider monkey, white nosed coati and agouti are commonly seen. The lodge is a great location for seeing a range of interesting reptiles and amphibians including the iconic red-eyed tree frog, several species of poison dart frog, basilisk lizard, green iguana, American crocodile, spectacled caiman and the beautiful eyelash pit viper. Birdlife includes the rare great green macaw, scarlet macaw, agami heron, sunbittern, roseate spoonbill, jabiru stork, scaly throated leaf tosser, mangrove swallow, black-and-yellow tanager and feeders attract toucans, tanagers, woodpeckers and Montezuma’s oropendola.
Guided wildlife and nature walks, river boat trips, canoeing, visits to local schools and tree planting.
Red eyes tree frogs are very common here – hunt around the banana trees in the lodge grounds or around the swimming pool at night to capture an iconic Costa Rica wildlife star.
If you have any questions regarding our Costa Rica tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965
The setting, grounds and individual bungalows are all superb. Where else can you share breakfast with every bird you've dreamed of seeing, watch a passing coati, narrowly avoid a camen and see a set of coatis overpower a boa constrictor! Excellent!