The couple first envisioned Lapa Rios as private nature reserve. They were driven by a dream that required liquidating all their assets to finance the purchase of a large tract of rainforest and build a small, sustainable eco lodge in 1993. They not only realized their dream but also made sure the land they purchased will never be developed. In 2013 they signed a conservation easement elaborated by The Nature Conservancy and CEDARENA that ensures that this primary forest will be preserved in perpetuity. The 930-acre Lapa Rios Reserve helps buffer the Osa Peninsula’s Corcovado National Park—home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity—and serves as a wildlife corridor.
In this incredible environment, you can look forward to once-in-a-lifetime rainforest adventures and ocean activities. Daily guest experiences include a variety of staff naturalist led rainforest interpretive hikes, bird watching walks and sustainable/educational local project visits. Ocean-mangrove boating trips, dolphin and whale watching, kayaking and surfing are offered by neighboring guides, as well as massages and yoga classes. Some guest highlights include a day hike in Corcovado National Park (via a small plane); others find relaxing at the pool or hammock napping most memorable.
Lapa Rios is ideal for people who enjoy adventure in nature and want to be a part of conservation and local culture. The majority of guests are active couples, honeymooners and families (children over 6 years) looking for a more active and uniquely personal experience. Come be a part of ecotourism at Lapa Rios, become a traveler who participates in real sustainable tourism. Lapa Rios is part of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges.