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Over Lapa Rios Eco Lodge
- rust en natuur
- stijl en design
Gelegen in de rand van Corcovado National Park, in het zuidwesten van Costa Rica.
Corcovado National Park beslaat ongeveer de helft van het schiereiland Osa. Het park is prachtig: u loopt hier door ruige jungle, en hoort de woeste golven tegen het verderop gelegen strand slaan. De vele bontgekleurde ara-papegaaien spreken tot de verbeelding. Een prachtige wandeling door het Corcovado National Park is een gedenkwaardig onderdeel van uw Costa Rica rondreis. Daarnaast zijn er nog veel meer mogelijkheden; neem hiervoor contact met ons op.
"A very rare feeling"
There are very few places that we have been to where we left with a feeling or having experienced a very special place. We would like to thank Sindy an the team at Lapa Rios. They truly made our stay wonderful. The rooms immaculate. The food superb and the over all experience truly amazing. The rooms are clean and "forest friendly". We saw all four species of monkey within Costa Rica from our deck. Every morning we saw Yellow Throated Toucans calling and feeding in the trees, Scarlet Macaws flying in flocks of 6 to 10 individuals, Red - Lored Parrots and Mealys Parrots, and even a sloth. This all from our deck. We also had the privilege of covering most of the trails in the private reserve that the founders created back in the early 90's. On every adventure we saw something new. The Lodge gave us the freedom to explore and really immerse ourselves in this precious and quiet place. Being a guide/wildlife photographer and travel outfitters and having traveled to many places and seen lots of wildlife this place really excelled. It is fairly pricey but when you are treated to morning coffee and hot chocolate, have access to a private reserve, crowd less beach with nesting macaws and great food. It is well worth it. We in fact spoke to a few other guest who had been to other places and had returned to Costa Rica and like us had stayed in just this lodge for up to 10 days. We left and returned as we were so unhappy with our next destination. Immediately Sindy and her team had organised a transfer changed our flights and opened a room for us with a great price. We were simply blown away by the efficiency and style with which the lodge and its staff handled themselves. It was an absolute pleasure staying here and we highly recommend it. It is a 1.30hr transfer and then a 1.30hr boat ride to get into Corcovado National Park and you will leave the lodge at 5am and be back at 5pm. This is a long day so if you would like to see Sirena Ranger Station I would recommend staying 1 or 2 nights on the Drake bay side of the Osa Peninsula if you not keen on the long day. We however would do it all over again from Lapa Rios. The place leaves with you with a very special feeling and one which is very difficult to describe. We felt blue on our departure. Personal Guides and staff truly make it a wonderful stay. They are all very proud to be a part of Lapa Rios. We also had the privilege of meeting the creators of the lodge who come and stay as often as they can and still have a say in how the lodge handles its day to day happenings. We would like to thank in particular - Karol, David, Angel, Edwin and Sindy for making our stay so wonderful. We hope the style and ethos of this lodge can be replicated the world over. Thank you and see you all soon.
"Sleep in the Rain Forest"
The casitas at Lapa Rios are essentially a very upscale screened-in porch with a deck, outside and inside showers with a fantastic view. Every morning we would be awakened by the howls of the howler monkeys. There was a 3-toed sloth in the tree right off our deck the whole time we were there and every morning there would be at least 2 toucans that had spent the night there. The staff was so nice, friendly and efficient. Food was great with many gluten-free choices (I have celiac disease) and that was a big deal for me. The guided hikes were wonderful. The guides were so knowledgeable and able to show us so much of the wild life of the rain forest (be sure to take the night hike). It was very hot and humid and no AC so the heat was a bit much at times. But they had fans in the room and a lovely pool to use when the heat was too much. The eco-lodge provided a wonderful experience I won't forget.
"Out of this world!"
We recently spent 3 nights here and wish we were still there. The accommodation is superb, comfortable, spotlessly clean and blends into their 1,000 acre surroundings which are amazing. Within minutes of sitting on our patio, a toucan visited us for 10 minutes, parakeets flew past and monkeys were playing in the trees. All the staff were so welcoming and passionate about their surroundings. To name a few, Jeffrey and Jose were fantastic guides on the bird, pigs and medicine trips; we learnt so much from them. Carol was delightful and brought smiles to everyone. I think this lodge is probably one of the best hotels in the world for sustainability. We have a lot to learn from them. The food is delicious and is mainly locally sourced, with a variety of choices available. We also enjoyed chef David showing us how to make ceviche. Early morning coffee is delivered to your room if you wish to enjoy the noises of the forest at sunrise. The sunsets are spectacular. We enjoyed being at one of the furthest lodges from Reception but it was a long way down. If you have mobility problems, ensure you ask for a lodge nearby. This is one of the best hotels we have ever been to.
We flew from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez in Sansa Caravan planes which permitted us to enjoy the spectacular views of the coastline . We were met on the runway by members of Lapa Rios , offered biscuits and coconut drinks and then driven to the Lodge and its welcome committee.A sweet start. Lapa Rios overlooks the Pacific as well as the Golfo Dulce and is situated fairly high up amongst the tree tops .... in a beautiful setting.There were two bungalows close to the main building and the rest were a fair walk down many steps .... so unless you don't mind the walk would suggest requesting rooms as close to the dining room/reception area as possible ..... Our room had super views of the Pacific as well as allowing us to be up close to the iguanas ,the monkeys & the many birds that lived in the trees next to our terrace. Coffee & tea were brought to our bungalow every morning before we ventured out for our early morning hikes....There were so many things to do and see: we went on a night walk where we saw frogs,a tarantula and a variety of spiders as well as a snake, enjoying bird walks,the rainforest ridge hike, and the waterfall walks....We also enjoyed some off site excursions including a boat trip & rappelling down a waterfall! The staff at the lodge couldn't have been more helpful. They advised us on what to do each day and the naturalist guides who took us out were knowledgeable & obviously loved their work. Our meals were delicious and the menu was varied and catered to all our "likes". We did wonder how everyone would manage or even survive without TV, radio, telephones or WiFi for 4 nights , but we all did,however I should admit that WiFi was available in a small area behind the reception area ! The Lodge also had a lovely swimming pool with ample sunbeds. Going out and spotting so many different animals and birds in their natural habitat was a constant thrill and it was always amazing to see the macaws flying overhead in pairs making their distinctive call and of course hearing the howler monkeys early in the morning....and watching the spider monkeys swinging from tree to tree above our heads, and, and ,and....we loved it all...and didn't want to leave! We have been privileged to have been on safaris in the past: but this was different and wonderful.
"Night Tour was Amazing"
Jose was exceptional during a night tour of the jungle. The tour was just around the resort in which I thought we wouldn't see much, but man I was wrong. We saw two snakes (one being an awesome vine snake), many spiders including a tarantula, the biggest bull frog of my life, some sweet looking Costa Rican tree frogs, a skunk, and many other things. Jose was very knowledgable about the species and the rain forest. I highly recommend this.
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