Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, November 18, 2003. Lapa Rios Ecolodge was recently honored with two awards. They were included in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List and Lapa Rios Ecolodge ranked #7 for the top 20 Latin American Hotels category in the Readers Choice Awards for 2003 based on location, rooms, food, service, and design. More than 28,000 Condé Nast Traveler subscribers voted in the ninth annual Reader's Choice Poll, from which the magazine distilled the world's top-scoring hotels, resorts, and cruise lines.
The second award, given in October 2003, is from the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) program in Costa Rica . The program evaluates a property's sustainability level by awarding one to five leaves. Lapa Rios achieved the highest award ranking four out of five in 2001 when the ecolodge was first evaluated. In August 2003, the hotel was reevaluated and again presented the highest honor as the first hotel in Costa Rica to attain the five-leaf level.
Lapa Rios Ecolodge serves as 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.
Lapa Rios Ecolodge's accomplishments are guided by a mission to serve as a model demonstration of responsible ecotourism. They accomplish their goal by adhering to the guiding principles of: utilizing tourism to acquire and protect endangered rain forest, educating staff and guests to the awareness of conservation and preservation, and integrating and assisting the local community through basic education and job training along with educating visitors and guests about the rain forest and the local culture.
For many years, Lapa Rios has been a great supporter of the ICT's Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) program in Costa Rica . The Lapa Rios commitment to the CST invites improvements where lacking and endorses proper visions and design and they are proud to continuously show their commitment to conservation and sustainability.
For more information about Lapa Rios Ecolodge call at (506) 2735-5130 or visit their website at www.laparios.com .