Lapa Rios Ecolodge in Costa Rica...everyone's idea of paradise



Edited by Richard Edwards .

Remote and isolated, Lapa Rios Ecolodge offers endless wildlife viewing, exceptional service, fresh local cuisine, secluded beach, and a spectacular hilltop setting in a tropical paradise.

The 1,000 acre Lapa Rios Private Rain Forest Reserve is a wildlife corridor and protective barrier for Corcovado National Park. Supported by the Ecolodge, the reserve is home to thousands of species of trees, plants, birds (over 320 identified species), insects and mammals in Central America 's largest remaining tropical lowland forest. Uncrowded trails lead you through a rainforest wilderness with rivers, waterfalls and pools for swimming. Resident naturalist guides have years of experience guiding in the reserve, expertly pointing out the fascinating ways that animals and plants co-exist in the rain forest. Listen and watch for birds, rustling on the forest floor, or fruits falling as monkeys and parrots feed in the canopy above. Guests at Lapa Rios can also enjoy the beach and explore tide pools, visit the botanical gardens, unwind with a private massage, float in the cooling swimming pool, or spend the day relaxing and bird watching from their verandah.

Built in 1993 by two former Peace Corps volunteers, John and Karen Lewis, Lapa Rios Ecolodge is more than just a beautiful, first class rainforest hotel or eco resort next to the beach. Lapa Rios is a model Ecotourism project that strives to show that a forest left standing is worth more than one cut down. In addition to winning awards from Conde Nast Traveler and being featured in many international publications, Lapa Rios is a pioneer in sustainable tourism employing people from the local community and being committed to environmentally sound practices.

Lapa Rios is built in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environment. The main lodge and open-air, fully screened bungalows line three ridges connected by walking paths and steps. Built over 350 feet above the sea, Lapa Rios catches the cooling tropical breezes. The main lodge, housing the gourmet restaurant and fully-stocked bar, soars to 50 feet and is built of local, natural materials. Palm thatched roofs meet a three-story hardwood circular stairway to an observation catwalk. Climb to overlook the forest canopy with filled with rainforest mammals and birds and breathtaking ocean vistas, perfect for photographic opportunities abound.

In the heart of the rainforest, Lapa Rios features cuisine of fresh fruits and vegetables with local fish, chicken and meat, enhanced by locally inspired gourmet sauces to provide delicious, healthy meals with a tropical flavor. Guests can toast the surroundings with a favorite beverage mixed from fresh, exotic fruit juices, wines, or spirits.

By staying at Lapa Rios, guests support the conservation of the rainforest and provide direct employment and income to more than 50 families in the area. Lapa Rios is the employer of choice for locals, who know that employees are well compensated and well treated. The greatest strengths of employees are their positive attitude, their desire to learn, and a genuinely friendly treatment of guests.

Lapa Rios Lodge provides an ideal vacation in a natural paradise while creating an intimate experience that emphasizes environmental and intercultural education for guests, employees, and the surrounding community.

View our Lapa Rios Tropical Adventure tour.