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Fact Sheet

Lapa Rios Ecolodge is more than just a beautiful rainforest hotel or an eco resort near the beach. Lapa Rios is a model ecotourism project, demonstrating that no matter how you cut it a rainforest left standing is worth more. Lapa Rios has won worldwide awards for social and environmental excellence, and is a featured sustainable tourism pioneer in many international publications and research projects. It has also won several “best of” hotel awards from Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Forbs, Frommers and Fodors.

The Rainforest Bungalows

Sixteen spacious suita-thatch bungalows nestled within the rain forest exude harmony and an immense tranquility in this undisturbed environment.  An infinite feeling of freedom lingers in the bungalow's air, while fresh rain forest breezes race in through awesome screened windows walls, forming flawless paintings of the Pacific Ocean.

The Culinary Experience

Enjoy an exceptional dining experience during your stay at Lapa Rios.  The majority of our food is locally sourced, supporting the Osa Peninsula community.  All of our chefs are also from the local area and self-taught.  They have challenged themselves to perfect exquisite and delicious meals for our guests and each night, we offer a different three course meal for you to select.

Tapas and drinks from the LapaPalapa bar are available throughout the day.  Planning a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or proposal?  Just let our front desk know and we’d be happy to create an extraordinary experience for you and your loved one.  We are also able to accommodate those with special dietary needs such as vegan, gluten-free, kosher and allergies.

Tours & Activities

All guided tours in the Lapa Rios Reserve help support the ongoing maintenance and land preservation of the rich Osa Peninsula biodiversity. Choosing to hike and learn about the rain forest interconnectedness with our several trained, experienced local guides provides you with both an authentic local interpretation and also the community employees continued economic support. Below you will find some of the top things to do at Lapa Rios.

  1. Wake up to the howler monkeys call outside your ocean view bungalow.
  2. Go for a hike with one of our knowledgeable on site guides and finish up by refreshing yourself in the natural pools under a wild waterfall.
  3. Connect with Costa Rican Culture while you visit the Carbonera School and play soccer with the local children during break.
  4. Savor delicious meals served with an enthusiastic “buen provecho”.
  5. Learn about wildcats in the Osa Peninsula as you set up a camera trap in the rainforest with an experienced biologist.
  6. Unwind at the private outdoor shower of your bungalow’s deck while watching the Scarlet Macaws fly by.
  7. Go on our complimentary Pigs, Twigs and Garbage Tour and learn about Sustainability at Lapa Rios.
  8. Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience while you delight in a private three course Waterfall Luncheon.
  9. Remember life without television, video games, internet, phones, fax machines and blackberries.
  10. Disconnect, break your routine and depart feeling replenished, inspired and changed.