Bungalows Nestled Withing the Rainforest
"We really enjoy the food, and we are so far away from everything. Where did you get your chef?"
This frequently asked question begs our story.
We do not have a chef at Lapa Rios. We are proud of our eight local men who have all learned how to cook, to bake, slice-chop-measure, to be continuously curious and be willing to face challenges and constant change, all while adding new skills and tastes differing from their own culture. This is a group of people courageous enough to leave their farm or village, shift to kitchen work (locally perceived to be woman's work), and learn how to cook from our experienced food manager and Lapa Rios owner. This powerful, supportive team has been created over time, through many trials and numerous evolutionary steps.
This team concept applies equally for our wait staff, an incredible group of young people, who for the first time are being exposed to upscale service techniques in a new language.
Lapa Rios is an Osa Peninsula sustainable ecolodge practicing community and land conservation through education. Staff members, almost exclusively from the surrounding hills, farms and villages, are practicing newly acquired English while improving work skills. We invite your patience, cooperation and understanding that our community’s improved education assists this tourism project and provides you a comfortable location in which to experience and learn about the tropical rain forest. Together, everyone at Lapa Rios—guests and staff alike—plays a supportive role in continuing sustainable land preservation of this pristine tropical paradise.
Know some food items are seasonal, therefore unavailable. We offer organic coffee, free range poultry and wild caught fish, and constantly seek more organic produce.