OSA PENINSULA, Costa Rica—Within 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland rainforest, sustainability thrives. It’s here that Costa Rica’s model of “green” innovation – Lapa Rios Ecolodge – is perched oceanside, in all its eco-inspired glory.
A wildlife corridor and protective barrier to Corcovado National Park, Lapa Rios combines environmental considerations with those of the local culture, providing a unique showcase of the region’s stunning biodiversity.
Sustainable rainforest accommodations, however, don’t mean rustic. Each of Lapa Rios’ 16 bungalows are upscale and eco chic, featuring suiita-thatch roofs and pristine views that span from the sea to the surrounding flora and fauna, 350 feet above the Pacific.
Step outside of the guestroom and travelers are privy to fine-dining, an intimate spa, and an extensive array of activities, many of which highlight the ecolodge’s environmentally-focused philosophies.
Honored as a Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Standard-Setter, Lapa Rios has been upping the eco ante for many years. Through local feedback and that of their guests, the lodge continuously strives to serve as an earth-friendly destination. An abundance of accolades prove their commitment to the cause.
Over the past year, several “green” steps forward have been taken. Today, visitors to Lapa Rios can experience many firsthand:
• Transition to primarily biodiesel-powered electricity
• Volunteer rainforest initiative
• Sunday night “sustainability chats”
• Tico cooking classes taught by local women
• Complimentary sustainability tours
• The Carbonera School Foundation tours
For travelers who yearn for a true taste of ecotourism, Lapa Rios provides an excursion like no other. Mated with the beauty of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, the diversity of the rainforest and creative tourism endeavors, Lapa Rios remains the place for considerate travel in 2008.
Travelers seeking a “green” slice of paradise are encouraged to visit www.laparios.com, where they can view resort details, bungalows and seasonal rates for planning their own eco-friendly getaway at Lapa Rios, ranked #11 in Travel + Leisure’s “Top 25 Hotels in Mexico and Central and South America.”