Lapa Rios Lodge on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula protects 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining tropical lowland rainforest. Here, you’ll encounter iconic frogs and macaws, endangered monkeys and over 300 bird species. It’s a pristine environment where nature thrives in its rawest form.
Lapa is the tico name for the scarlet macaw, a magnificent bird you’ll likely see during your stay, and Lapa Rios has long been envisioned as a project to protect its endangered surroundings, today preserving a large area of primary and secondary rainforest as well as assisting in the development of the local community. Since its opening in 1993, Lapa Rios has won numerous awards and has been featured in the press worldwide; in 2019 Lapa Rios won the coveted Travel and Leisure’s number 1 Resort in Central America.
In this incredible environment, guests can look forward to once-in-a-lifetime rainforest adventures, wildlife encounters and ocean activities. Lapa Rios creates an intimate and authentic experience, at once luxurious, educational and inspiring. The included interpretive hikes, bird watching walks, sustainability tours and more provide a true window to the beating heart of the wild Osa Peninsula.
17 rooms - open air with screens, dotted along a ridge - have utterly breathtaking views of the forest and the ocean beyond. Guests exploring the rainforest without a skilled guide is like walking into a library without knowing how to read. Only a trained eye can unearth the secrets and curiosities of an ecosystem so vast and enigmatic. The highly experienced Naturalist Guides shine a light on this immense ecosphere. Locals to the area, their inspiring encyclopaedic knowledge reflects a lifetime on the Osa. With them, explore a world of biodiversity and gain a far deeper understanding of our enchanting rainforests.
In mid December 2019, 6 stunning new rooms (still 17 total) opened at Lapa Rios, 4 Lapa Ocean Villas and 2 Premier Lapa Suites.
Meet the Guides https://www.laparios.com/the-lapa-rios-tour-guide-team/
In mid 2019 an exciting new chapter started for Lapa Rios as their founders John and Karen Lewis found their perfect buyers in the Loeb and Fernandez families, founders of Pacuare Lodge. Together they complement each other - two very different and spectacular regions of Costa Rica - with strongly shared values of love of nature, conservation, high end adventure and supporting positively the local economy.
Read Simon's Blog on his November 2019 visit
Simon's visit (Nov'19) From San Jose we journeyed south by light aircraft to Puerto Jimenez to finally visit the Osa Peninsula and Lapa Rios – long on my hit list; an extraordinary 3 days ensued. Why is the Osa’s wildlife so wonderfully oblivious to humans? I’ll look at that in a blog article to come - some of the highlights included encounters with huge pods of spotted dolphins in Golfo Dulce, 3 species of monkeys (Spider, Howler and Squirrel) some just yards from my room, sloths and many types of birds including the bewitching lapas (scarlet macaws). Few places on earth can boast such mind boggling bio diversity, and Lapa Rios provides an inspiring example of how tourism, conservation and science can symbiotically exist, positively reinforcing the value of each other. My beautiful large room and deck had uninterrupted sweeping views to primary rainforest and the ocean beyond; in the mornings we woke slowly to the somnolent sounds of perfect long boarding waves far below at Pan Dulce interspersed by far away howlers and occasional pairs of squawking lapas above. I experienced many of the guided activities on offer and also saw the advanced progress of Roberto’s spectacular new villas which will take the region’s offering to a new level.
News from August 2019: By mid-December we will open new Villas with plunge pool, extensive decks, indoor and outside showers and a beautifully decorated bedroom with maximum capacity for 5. Two of the current Bungalows will also be remodelled to suites with a large bedroom, extensive decks with ocean and jungle views, beautiful interior design, indoor and outdoor showers. They are also working on the access to rooms with electric golf cars.