We absolutely love Lapa Rios! The setting is incomparable, the rooms are private and lovely, and the food amazing.
Ok, so getting there was a bit of a challenge, but once there we were greeted immediately with fresh tropical juice, amazing views, and friendly service. The rooms had screened windows, outdoor garden showers, and lovely bathrooms. Imagine our suprise the first morning as we're showering and a coati runs by just outside the window!
The night hike and hike with a local shaman were very memorable as was the incredible massage we got! Best massage I've ever had. We enjoyed a sea kayaking trip where local fishermen pulled their boat up beside us and shared a portion of their day's catch! The 'lapas' (scarlet macaws), howler monkeys, coatis, iguanas, etc. were so close and undisturbed that we went almost unnoticed.
Another thing not to be missed is a visit to the local school. We brought supplies and gifts for them, but they were closed when we were there so we didn't get to visit. Next time!
Truly, it was like being in the Garden of Eden. Amazing people, incredible setting, and great service make this a place we look forward to visiting again. But maybe we'll try their Nicaragua resort first... : )
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lapa Rios Ecolodge Hotel Playa Matapalo