Lapa Rios Ecolodge

The Osa Peninsula is home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity; it’s an extraordinary region of primary rainforest and pristine beaches that’s teeming with wildlife, much of it endangered or endemic. At its tip, overlooking the sparkling Golfo Dulce is an incredible eco-lodge, Lapa Rios part of the Boena group, whose purpose is to protect the 1,000 acres of jungle that surround it and share it with others in an eco-conscious way. Though the 17 luxe bungalows and villas look visually stunning, they’re carefully green, with organic natural linens and solar-powered indoor and alfresco showers. The restaurant dishes up sustainably sourced seafood and tropical ingredients grown on-site (try macadamia-crusted catch of the day with caramelized sweet potatoes and a mango-jalapeno relish for example). Guests wake to the calling of howler monkeys and drink morning coffee in their hammock, as scarlet macaws soar joyfully by. Guided excursions spot sloths, armadillos, teeny poison-dart frogs and endless bird species, as well as sea cucumbers and starfish in marine rock pools. A lucky few may glimpse jaguars and pumas too; even humpback whales out at sea. And on top of night-time rainforest walks and swims in a wild waterfall, guests can learn about the award-winning sustainability initiatives that Lapa Rios runs, which educate and transform local communities and all who visit. Staying here feels good, in every sense of the word.

Senderos Soul

The Osa Peninsula holds great mystique for many travellers - possibly considered the last frontier of Costa Rica; difficult to get to and home to some of the wildest terrain and most incredible wildlife and birdlife in the country. My arrival at Lapa Rios Rainforest Lodge, after a short plane journey and car ride, set the tone for the rest of the stay. Before even shedding my luggage, I headed straight for the viewing platform just in front of the restaurant and felt completely immersed in the forest while still floating above most of the canopy and spotted some extraordinary birdlife and wildlife all around me. I was overwhelmed, and that memory has had a lasting impact. Throughout my stay there, never have I spotted so many toucans in the skyline - with their distinctively shaped bills silhouetted against the light, while the buzz of hummingbirds was interspersed with the constant squawks of macaws flying overhead in pairs. Not to mention the families of howler, squirrel, capuchin and spider monkeys leaping from tree to tree past the more sedate sloths. A veritable tropical paradise!

Nicola, Senderos

Getting there

Lapa Rios sits on the Osa Peninsula, on the south west coast of Costa Rica, overlooking the point at which the Pacific Ocean meets the Golfo Dulce.

by road

BY ROAD

It’s a 7-hour drive from San Jose International Airport; transfers can be arranged.

by air

BY AIR

Guests can also take a hopper flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez air strip, from where it’s a 45-minute transfer to the hotel.