With 20 natural parks, eight biological reserves and numerous private reserves, Costa Rica offers myriad nature-based activities. Choosing a resort in a secluded location -- whether it is a beachfront locale or a remote retreat in the rain forest -- need not restrict your options for activities and excursions, as the natural wonders of the country will be right at your doorstep.
Lapa Rios is surrounded by a private nature reserve that protects almost 1,000 acres of Costa Rica's last remaining lowland tropical rain forest. The main lodge building is situated on a hill in the reserve, offering views over the forest canopy to the Pacific Ocean. The 16 private guest bungalows feature thatched roofs, private decks with hammocks and secluded garden showers. From their cottages guests may spot squirrel monkeys, capuchins, scarlet macaws, toucans, sloths and iguanas, among other wildlife. The resort's resident naturalists lead daily hikes and birdwatching walks through the reserve, and also offer kayaking, dolphin-watching and boating trips. Lapa Rios boasts numerous awards, including a place on Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List in 2009 and 2010; a place on Travel + Leisure magazine's list of the world's best 500 hotels in 2008; and the title "One of the World's Very Best Hotels and Resorts" by Forbes Traveler. Lapa Rios Rainforest Ecolodge Playa Carbonera Osa Peninsula Costa Rica 011+506-8735-5130 laparios.com
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