Lapa Rios is truly an extraordinary locale. It is the perfect mix of wilderness, comfort and care. It's an ecolodge in the truest and broadest sense--they work hard to keep their carbon footprint to a minimum, blend in appropriately with their surroundings, hire local staff, and contribute to the local community in numerous ways.
The facilities are beautifully designed. Our bungalow (#5--and most of the others) had a great view of the Pacific and Golfo Dulce. It was well maintained, nicely decorated and secluded, yet everything was within fairly easy reach. We even had a sloth hanging in a tree outside our deck the whole time we were there! There are steps to climb on the way from the bungalows to the lodge. I have problems with my knees so this was a bit of a challenge for me but it was manageable.
The atmosphere at Lapa Rios is warm and relaxing, striking just the right balance--everyone on the staff is professional, friendly and outgoing without being overbearing or pushy.
The lodge has numerous tours that are included for guests. We went on several and enjoyed each one tremendously. All the guides are knowledgeable, engaging, and enthusiastic about their work and also very caring towards their guests and the environment. It was terrific to explore the rainforest with all its wonders and surprises with guides who really knew their stuff.
The restaurant fits the style and environment very well. The food was really good and of high quality. The breakfast and the lunch menus provide enough (US) American fare, yet offer a good variety of Costa Rican dishes. The combination of traditional dishes with a modern twist is nicely balanced. We were able to explore new dishes, such as the tico breakfast and yucca fries. Dinners were also nicely done, with lots of fresh fish and a variety of choices.
Lapa Rios was a splurge for us, but with all meals and many tours included in the price, and given the high quality of our entire experience, we felt it was worth every penny we paid.
- 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