Rancho Quemado, Costa Rica

Laguna Chocuaco Canoe Trip

Half Day | Canoeing, Community Visit and Getting to Know Locals

Join the Villalobos family on a canoe trip into their private lagoon, set amidst primary rainforest. You'll hike through a jungle trail on the family's property to reach the lagoon. Then you'll push off for a peaceful paddle (helping if you'd like) down a peaceful river. You are sure to see amazing bird life and exotic plants on the journey.

Right for You?


Half Day

Travel Style

Connect with Nature and Active Adventure



Physical Activity

Moderate activity


Rural Communities and Rainforest


Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

The Villalobos Family

Locally Owned Family Business
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Speaks: Spanish


  • One mile hike through the jungle
  • Canoeing in a private lagoon
  • Seeing rare birds, trees, and flora and fauna



Half day tours start at either at 8am or 2pm.


Flexible Departure Date
All year

Arrive at the Laguna Chocuaco lodge in Rancho Quemado and meet Carlos and his sister Mayra. You will be greeted with fresh juice before heading off on a 1.5 mile flat hike through the jungle where Carlos will explain about the flora and fauna of the region. At the end of the short hike you will reach a private lagoon where you will embark on a 2 hour canoeing adventure full of amazing scenery and up to 13 different species of birds. After the relaxing canoe ride you will make your way back to the lodge, not before tasting some unique Osa fruits like the sweet lemon and caju. At the lodge you will be greeted by a small 'refrigerio' - a fresh juice and a snack like Mayra's famous cheese sticks and some local fruits before heading off to your next destination.

What's Included




Community Visit, Cultural Activities, Canoeing and Hiking


Local guide (not bilingual)


Available for purchase (extra $)


Private car, Public bus and Other local transport

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The Villalobos Family

Locally Owned Family Business

From canoe trips into their private lagoon to swimming holes and treks through primary rainforest, the Villalobos family offer several ways to experience their 500 hectares of prime rainforest and home community of Rancho Quemado!

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Getting There

Transport options

Bus, Get picked up (extra $) and Drive (4WD required)
Laguna Chacuaco is located in the community of Rancho Quemado. To arrive, you will take the dirt road between Drake Bay and Puerto Jimenez. You will likely have to cross at least one river and a 4WD vehicles is highly recommended.