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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.
"2nd visit & Will Return"
After visiting Lapa Rios in 2005, it was always on my list of places to return. My second visit for four nights in November 2017 did not disappoint. I would highly recommend Lapa Rios to anyone who is looking to spend some time in nature and enjoy super comfortable accommodations and lovely food. Our bungalow had a gorgeous view and a ton of wildlife activity right off the deck. Each morning we awoke to howler monkeys and squawking birds around 5am - it was delightful. The bed was very comfortable and the outdoor shower and indoor bathroom were all well done. You will really appreciate the outdoor shower after a sweaty hike; it was particularly hot and humid on this November trip. But it is true - in the evening no A/C is needed. Every meal at Lapa Rios was excellent. Definitely try the lunch tacos and coconut flan dessert! It amazing how they pull together such gourmet meals in a relatively remote location. The activities were great (as was the case in 2005). The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. The early morning birdwatching is a must, as is any of the rainforest hikes. On this trip I tried surfing for the first time. The guide was helpful and patient in working with first-timers. If you want to try surfing, I would suggest here as the water is quite warm and at low tide the tide is strong enough to get you up on the board while gentle enough first-timers. Lapa Rios is quiet and peaceful. Your will only have wi-fi in a very small area on the entire property. I would suggest you commit to putting down the phone and watching the birds fly by, the monkey swing by and a few lizards cross your path. It's truly a special place to slow down and appreciate the magnificent show all around you.
"The best place to stay in Costa Rica!"
Lapa Rios was the highlight of our Costa Rican vacation. The location is superb, but it is the attentive staff and knowledgable guides that make the difference. The rooms are lovely and the food is good as well. The packages allow you to take advantage of all the unique tours and hikes that they offer -- each one is a treat! They were also quick and responsive when our flight was canceled and we were going to miss our subsequent international flight. They rebooked us on another airline very quickly.
"A mix of Luxury, Beach, Jungle, Sustainability"
If you are ok with being a little bit away, this is the place to be, the only connection you'll have here is with your fellow travelers and with nature, and probably yourself, the beach is amazing, the views of the mountain, the number of species that you can witness is amazing, the service of the hotel crew is outstanding, the tour guides are great. Things to consider here are that the humidity is high so even if your bed was made recently it feels a little bit humid (just a bit), and that to move around there are many steps, but you probably won't mind.
We stayed at Lapa Rios for 5 days this December (2017).It exceeded our expectations in every way. The people were lovely, attentive and caring. The food was quite good, with lots of fresh fruit available all the time. There were animals everywhere, the guides excellent, and the trail system extensive and challenging. We stayed in Unit #6, with our kids in Unit #5. These units would be preferable as they are only a short walk down (then back up) from the main lodge. The units from 11-17 were quite a walk down (and up) and would not be acceptable for someone with limited mobility. I suspect that Unit #6 may be one of the best for views and convenience. The outdoor showers were such a luxury after long jungle hikes or a day at the beach. The beach is only a 15 minute walk down from the lodge, with swimming and surfing available. The beach is both rugged, with hard clay and rock, and sandy. We saw sloths, all monkeys, cuaitis, lizards, poison frogs, ctenosauras, etc. In fact it was rare that you didnt see animals walking between the lodge and the huts. We did the dolphin tour in the Golfo Dulce and saw hundreds of Pan American Dolphins and a small school of Bottlenose dolphins. We also snorkelled and saw several very large eels. The water was so warm! Every night we were serenaded to sleep by the crashing surf and the insects. Mornings were quiet unless the Howler Monkeys were close by, and their cries are haunting and scary! Amazing abundance of birds. The Scarlet McCaws flew by constantly in the morning. This is s a great place to go as a family, or as an couple's adventure. We will go back again for sure!
"A remarkable location combined with outstanding personal service"
This is our third visit to Lapa Rios, which is deservedly rated as one of the world's outstanding eco lodges. We've visited in January on our previous visits, and were very fortunate to be assigned unit #8 on both occasions (see our room comments below for more details). There have been a number of improvements made since our last visit in January, 2016. The road from Puerto Jimenez has been regraded allowing faster speeds and a reduction in trip time from 45 to 25 minutes. The first water forded before arriving at Lapa Rios has turned from a trickle into a stream (caused by last year's hurricane). This does not cause a problem for high draft vehicles, and an I beam has been stretched across for pedestrians (important for birding hikes). The activities center has been moved to a new location, and replaced with a wifi hotspot. Close by is a new observation deck looking over the valley, and new step configuration to the pool and the units further down the mountain. Everything new works well. Food quality has always been high, and we sensed further improvement with many dishes reaching the level of fine dining. On two evenings the pacing for dinner service was slow caused I'm sure by the Lodge being at full capacity. Guide services were as usual at a very high level with old friends Jose and Edmund doing their usual outstanding job, and joined by Jeffrey who started as a waiter several years back. We filled our days with as many hikes as possible and once again experienced the incredible amount of wildlife on the Lapa Rios property and surrounding areas. The wildlife diversity, the incredible setting at the tip of the Osa Peninsula along with outstanding service are the factors setting Lapa Rios apart from the rest. One caveat to this very positive review. We were initially assigned unit #16 well down the mountain, but were moved at our request to #9 for the following two days. #16's views, while fine, cannot be compared to those on the higher ridge (units 3 - 9). Management was kind enough while we were in 16 to provide transportation to the main lodge to avoid climbing the hundreds of steps. No problem walking down, but too many steps up when you're well north of 70 and paying the same rate at #16 as those units much closer to the main lodge not to mention their better views. When booking through our travel agent last May, we explained at great length that we would not book with Lapa Rios if we couldn't be guaranteed a unit in the 3 - 8 range. Somewhere along the line the message was lost, and the no guarantee policy on unit assignment came into play. On-sight management dealt with the problem effectively with the move to #9, and the complimentary wine for two of our dinners didn't hurt either. We did not allow this miscommunication to affect our stay or our overall evaluation of Lapa Rios. I've included this discussion simply to educate prospective clients on the differences among units. Regardless of this misunderstanding, another outstanding stay at Lapa Rios.
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