Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, October 15, 2003. Wake to the gentle sounds of nature in a pristine tropical rainforest at Lapa Rios Ecolodge . Located on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica the multi-award winning resort surrounded by exquisite natural beauty is renowned globally as a unique ecological haven offering quality accommodations, local gourmet delights and an exciting array of adventures.
Lapa Rios Ecolodge set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean . Here in this paradise visitors will find an ideal vacation experience especially designed for those individuals seeking luxury combined with adventure, nature, conservation, culture and biodiversity.
Lapa Rios , built in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environment, lies 350 feet above the sea. The resort offers 14 spacious bungalows and a main lodge. The austerely elegant bungalows, which offer private decks and open to spectacular ocean views, catch cooling tropical breezes. The main lodge, built of natural materials, houses the restaurant and bar and soars 50 feet. Here palm thatched roofs meet a three-story hardwood circular stairway, which offers an overlook and breathtaking vistas of the ocean and forest canopy.
Lapa Rios is an ideal vacation experience for nature lovers who appreciate opportunities to learn and to support conservation, culture and biodiversity. The ecolodge offers an exciting array of activities, which focus on the flora and fauna of the rainforest and the nearby ocean. Guided tours, walks and hikes of the surrounding rainforest, bird watching, ocean kayaking, horseback riding, catch and release sport fishing and surfing are a few of the activities guests may enjoy in this tropical paradise. Visitors may also indulge in a massage, participate in Yoga classes, relax poolside, nap in a hammock or observe the birds, monkeys and other animals that live in the surrounding forest. For many guests, a highlight of a visit to Lapa Rios is visiting Corcovado National Park by plane or spending a night camping in the jungle.
John and Karen Lewis built Lapa Rios as a private nature reserve. The Minnesota couple and former peace crops volunteers were driven by a vision. They liquidated all their assets to finance the purchase of a large tract of rainforest and to build the small supporting tourism project. Today a conservation easement elaborated by The Nature Conservancy and Cederena ensure that this rainforest will be preserved into perpetuity. The Lapa Rios reserve is connected through a corridor with Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula .
Lapa Rios Ecolodge is more than just a beautiful rainforest eco-resort located next to the beach. The retreat is also a model Ecotourism project that strives to show that "a forest left standing is worth more than one cut down." The resort is a pioneer in sustainable tourism employing only people from the local community and is committed to environmentally sound practices.
A stay at Lapa Rios combines the rare and memorable-the opportunity to encounter, exquisite natural beauty and luxury in pristine wilderness within Costa Rica 's lowland tropical rainforest. For more information about Lapa Rios Ecolodge and their offerings or to make reservations call at (506) 2735-5130 or visit their website at www.laparios.com .