We LOVED Lapa Rios. We had four days of wonderful nature walks, swimming in the ocean and the unchlorinated freshwater pool, great and varied food, and ever-attentive and knowledgeable staff. The plant life and birds were spectacular and all four species of monkeys were captivating and easy to see (either outside the restaurant or on the road to the beach). Each bungalow has a great deck with valley and ocean views, indoor and outdoor showers, and the rooms and beds were very comfortable (although the birds and howler monkeys get noisy before 5 AM, so we recommend going to bed at 9 PM). Note: despite the hotel's website's use of pictures showing no screens, all rooms are nicely screened in, get lovely breezes, and are protected for the most part from insects (we came home to more in our Boston home than we left in Lapa Rios). That said, go ready to learn a great deal about all sorts of charismatic and less cute animal life. One of our favorite hikes was the night walk where we saw frogs, snakes, and large and small bugs. Getting to feel the strength of a golden orb spider web amazed and thrilled everyone. The waterfall and sustainability hikes were other highlights. This was a trip of a lifetime. Thanks to all of the fabulous guides and other staff.
- 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:
- Lapa Rios Ecolodge Hotel Playa Matapalo