Lapa Rios is the eco lodge, the perfect combination of comfort and adventure, education and fun, an ideal destination for families. People who are adventure lover and want to be a part of nature, conservation and local culture, Lapa Rios is perfect for those people. Usually active couples, honeymooners and families with kids over 6 years, who are looking for a more active and uniquely personal experience, like to visit this Eco lodge.
There is an incident behind the name of the Eco lodge. Lapa is the Costa Rican name of the Scarlet Macaw. When for the first time the owners of the lodge, John and Karen Lewis visited the property, they spotted a number of colorful Scarlet Macaws flying across the jungle that seemed to them much like a river (or rio in Spanish) of Scarlet Macaws and they were so amazed that they decided to name their property ‘Lapa Rios’ which means ‘river of Scarlet Macaws’.
Lapa Rios Eco Lodge is situated in the southern part of the country in Osa Peninsula, close to the Panama. From the closest airstrip in the Puerto Jimenez town, this lodge is just 12 miles away and from the capital city San Jose it takes only 50 minutes flight to reach the lodge. It takes 7 hours to reach the lodge from the Juan Santamaria International Airport. This eco lodge is situated in a 1000 acre private area of Rinforest from where you can easily go to the three nearby beaches: Matapalo, Pan Dulce and Backwash Bay.
There are 16 luxurious bungalows in Lapa Rios which are set in a 1000-acre of Rainforest Reserve. These open-air bungalows let enter the sounds and smells of the Rainforest and also let the guests enjoy watching amazing view of the surrounding sight and the ocean. These bungalows don’t include any air conditioner but provide ceiling fans and overlook amazing views Golfo Dulce or the Pacific ocean which you can enjoy from a spacious private deck or even from your bed. In that private deck there is also rain head showers, hammock and lounge where you can spend some solitary time. While staying at these bungalows you will find harmony and tranquility.These 16 bungalows also include king size bed or two queen size beds (depending on bungalow) with 400-thread count, organic cotton linens, spacious indoor bathrooms with two showers, waffle cotton bathrobes, locally made, biodegradable and organic soaps, lotions and shampoos, cleaning service twice a day, two 110V electrical outlets (standard American outlets), computer-sized safety box, complimentary local coffee delivered to your bungalow in the morning, evening turn-down service (that will make you smile). These sixteen luxurious suiita-thatch bungalows are nestled within the rainforest where you’ll find harmony and tranquility in this undisturbed environment.
You will enjoy dining at Lapa Rios. According to Karen ‘dining here will be one of the highlights of your stay.’ She believes that great food is an essential part of an enjoyable, memorable experience and she is expert on using fresh local food products. You will enjoy having freshly prepared meals and at the same time will enjoy watching amazing views of the Golfo Dulce and the rainforest and Golfo Dulce from the restaurant. Though this property is located in an untouched location, it offers amazing and luxurious meals that you will find in the country. You will get fresh local vegetables and fruits. You will enjoy seafood dishes prepared with freshly caught seafood. You will also enjoy dishes prepared with grass-fed beef and organic chicken. There is also a full service bar offering fresh juices, yummy beverages, premium spirits and organic wines.
Tours and Activities:
While staying at Lapa Rios you will enjoy many types of activities or tours like early birds tour, local medicine tour, wild waterfalls, rainforest ridge walk, matapalo tour, the Osa trail, sunset birds tour, off property tours etc.