Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, April 13, 2004. Lapa Rios Ecolodge offers the ultimate destination to discover the mysteries of the rainforest and to capture the mood of the tropics. Here, scarlet macaws color the sky and howler and white-faced monkeys enliven the surrounding forests. The multi-award winning resort, surrounded by exquisite natural beauty, is renowned globally as a unique ecological haven and a vacation experience here offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature. The pristine wildlife rich rain forest, sandy beaches and a variety of wilderness adventures offers a paradise for anyone fascinated with wildlife.
At Lapa Rios Ecolodge nature is everywhere. Set in a private reserve the secluded ecolodge allows guests to fully immerse themselves in the peaceful wilderness setting. Here visitors may appreciate the sounds the jungle at night—the crickets, the cicadas, the kinkajous and drift off to sleep with the sounds of the sea. The surroundings afford many opportunities to view howler, spider, squirrel, and white face monkeys, coati mundi and sloths and a spectacular variety of bird species including toucans and scarlet macaws. Guests here gain a truly intimate experience of the rainforest as Lapa Rios does everything to preserve the natural environment and to bring the rainforest and its inhabitants as close to their guests as they can. It is not uncommon for visitors to observe a wide variety of wildlife right from the deck of their bungalows.
Lapa Rios Ecolodge offers a variety of informative multi-faceted explorations and activities that allow for nature viewing at its finest. Guided tours offer opportunities to hike up and down through virgin rain forest to pristine waterfalls, to splash back along the Carbonera River and share the cool early morning air with the 319 bird species that inhabit the reserve, and to surf and kayak among a rainbow of tropical fish. Hikes into the rainforest are often guided by a local shaman or medicine man and offer opportunities to learn about the indigenous plants and animals, as well as the mysteries and legends of the forest. Whale and dolphin watching trips originating from Puerto Jimenez may also be arranged and from August to December, guests also have the opportunity to see baby turtles hatch at a nearby beach.
Tours may also be arranged to visit nearby Corcovado National Park, considered to be one of the most important natural preserves in the Americas. The captivating visual beauty of its forest and coastline, with miles of uninhabited beaches and roaring cascades, draws visitors from all over the world.
Accommodations at Lapa Rios include fourteen austerely elegant and spacious bungalows, which open to spectacular ocean views and offer private patios and gardens. Each room has 2 queen size beds lined with mosquito nets, an indoor solar and gas heated shower, a private garden shower, 2 sinks, large closets and a spacious deck with views of the surrounding rainforest canopy.
A stay at Lapa Rios combines warm Costa Rican hospitality in the midst of natural wonders. They offer quality accommodations, local gourmet delights and an exciting array of adventures. For more information or to make reservations call at (506) 2735-5130 or visit their web site at www.laparios.com.