Lapa Rios is truly an amazing location and offers quite the experience for the adventurous traveler. My husband and I adored our stay here. . .it was like staying in an Ewok Village! The food was very good and the staff was great. The truly unique aspects of this property are its unspoiled location and mission. I have never seen so much concentrated wildlife, and I thought other parts of Costa Rica were biologically dense!
I do have to warn that this lodge is not for the faint-of-heart. There is a LOT of hiking involved just to get around the property and the bungalows don't have many of the Western amenities that a lot of luxury travelers are likely used to. However, in my opinion these things add to the experience rather than detract from it. Also, this place is extremely expensive, and the cost may not be justified for many if they are only looking to be pampered. Know thyself before you book here! If you love the rainforest but do not want to be "inconvenienced" by it, please do everyone a favor and do NOT stay here. You must want to totally immerse yourself in the experience or you probably won't enjoy it as much as you could.
For a full review and pictures, please visit my blog entry here: http://urstinkymonkey.blogspot.com/2008/02/costa-rica-act-3.html
- 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