Yes, you want to go here...although I'm sure the other reviews are enough to tell you this. My wife and I traveled to Lapa Rios for our honeymoon several months back and had a most wonderful time. If you love nature and seclusion this is where to go. Rather than listing off all of the common remarks others have, perhaps a couple tips for those considering going to Lapa Rios would be helpful: (1) Yes, there is LOTS of walking. The best animals to find are the deepest into the forest, and some of the bugalows are a hike away from the lodge. I will say, however, my wife and I had the farthest bungalow away, and this allowed us to be the closest to the wildlife. Often, the monkeys only venture so far into the bungalow area, and we were fortunate to have several acrobatics performed for us. (2) Bring a camera case...the humidity will get into the camera and cause damage if it is not in a dry place. (3) Get the "award winning" Lapa Rios pancakes and Ayote muffins. Breakfast is the best! And you CAN order multiple items on the menu, so don't be shy. (4) Take advantage of the morning coffee delivery. You will probably need it, and you can sit on your back porch sipping Costa Rican coffee while the forest comes to life. (5) If you are staying overnight in San Jose the night before venturing to Lapa Rios, we highly recommend the Mariott... It is far beyond expectation of what the chain normally offers - the decor and food is exceptional! (6) Howler monkeys are LOUD. They sound like bears, not other monkey species, like squirrel monkeys. (7) Edwin and Antonio were our favorite guides. The bird walk, morning or sunset with Edwin was wonderful - he even printed us out a specialized list over the 37 bird species we spotted. (8) The Osa Trail is the best hike. (9) Plan on wanting to come back!
- 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