Maquenque Eco Lodge is a hidden gem located just north of Boca Tapada, San Carlos, close to the border with Nicaragua. The lodge is located inside the 60 hectares Maquenque Eco Reserve, set in tropical rainforest bordering the majestic San Carlos River. Family-run, this lodge has a unique location set on the migration route and is home to the great green macaw. There are 8 kilometres of trails in the private reserve. The rainforest is home to over 400 species of birds including great green and scarlet macaws, toucans, tanagers, parakeets, jabiru storks, great curassows, roseate spoonbills, ibis, Sunbittern and hummingbirds. Sloths, howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys are commonly seen in the trees, and there is abundant reptile and amphibian life. Cruising on the San Carlos river you’re likely to spot crocodiles, caimans, herons and kingfishers. There are 14 simply furnished bungalows and 4 treehouse rooms that are set 12 metres off the ground in almond and tamarind trees, reached by a series of wooden steps. Other activities include swimming in the lodge’s refreshing pool, exploring the nearby trails with a local guide, canoeing on the lagoon or visiting the fruit orchard. There is also horse riding and kayaking on the San Carlos River and don’t forget to plant a tree and visit the local community as these activities are included in your stay.