My wife and I just returned from 5 nights at Lapa Rios this was the end of our 2 week stay in Costa Rica. We have been to Costa Rica many times(apprx 12) we have never been to the OSA region and had read great things about Lapa Rios.
The ride from the airport is about a 45 minute very bumpy but scenic ride the staff greeted us at the airport and allowed us to use the internet in the office, there as none will be available at the resort.
Upon arrival we were greeted by a welcome committee like something out of Jurastic Park they knew everyone by name without asking,very nice touch. Each party was assigned a guide to explain the property and answer questions while bags were taken to the rooms. Beware that the rooms from 9 to 14 have a very severe hike to the restuarant and pool.We enjoyed it but knew some would not or possibly may not be able to do it at all. You are rewarded with an incredible view and a very nice room,no a/c,just ceiling fans and you are in 100% humidity it is not the "Four Seasons". It is quite possibly the best "Eco Lodge" experience in Costa Rica.
The food was superior to any we have had in Costa Rica,all included in price just order what you want off the menu like a cruise ship.The only real complaint we had on the food was at times the fish tasted a bit off not as fresh as we would have expected;also the coffe was extremly bitter possibly the worst we have had in Costa Rica.Overall the food was excellent.The food service staff was very attentive and friendly as were all the employees always willing to accomodate in any way.
In regards to the activities we found the hikes to be informative ,the guides very knowledgible;but we would consider these more walks than hikes we were expecting more of a challenge in the hikes as we are avid hikers.We did the Ridge Hike and the Montapalo Road Hike.We made up for it by walking each day down to the beach and back up the extreme hill to the property this gave us our excersise fix,plus we would see plenty of animals along the way,monkeys,scarlett mackaws,couti's,etc.
Make sure you do the "Living Green Tour" (free tour) this is a tour of the property to see how the are a leader in sustainable tourism and see first hand all they do to achive this.
We are glad we went and experienced this area,we probably would not return , for us the area is one we are glad to have experienced but do not need to do again as there are still other parts of the country we wish to explore.
Chris and Kelly Atlanta,Ga.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a 1000-acre private nature reserve in Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, a destination matching everyone's idea of paradise. Much more than a luxurious eco lodge, Lapa Rios is a model ecotourism project and a sustainable tourism pioneer. Over the years, we have received many awards for social and environmental excellence. Home to a plethora of incredible wildlife, including monkeys, scarlet macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures, a trip to Lapa Rios Eco lodges Ecolodges will be the experience of a lifetime. Lapa Rios is one of only 24 National Geographic Unique Eco Lodges of the World ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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