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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.
"Exquisite Lapa Rios"
This is an incredible place that I hope everyone can experience. The cost of a night at Lapa Rios includes an amazing thatched cabana immersed in nature, exquisite, fresh food, trips (bird, beach, night hikes) with very well-informed guides, lessons (yoga, Spanish, cooking), transport after a hike, and the knowledge that you are supporting a sustainable organization that provides incredible support to the community. Save your money and go to Lapa Rios; be sure to stay several nights. In the first 48 hr of our visit, we saw (up close) a coati, an agouti, poison tree frogs (two species), lizards, spiders, snakes, monkeys (spider, squirrel, and howler), bats, an armadillo, and many birds (macaws, toucans, trogans, motmot, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, roseate spoonbills, kingbird, king fisher, egrets, ibis, aracari, caracara, great curassow, pelicans) many butterflies, beetles, leaf-footed bugs, leaf-cutter ants, arboreal termites and more. Surprisingly, there were very few mosquitoes. We watched a crested caracara steal a baby grackle from its nest and then fly to its nest to feed its own young. Upon returning from each of our guided walks we were treated with fresh fruit drinks, cool damp towels, and home-made snacks. The rooms are an elegant throw back to the period when large screened windows provided air conditioning. An outdoor shower with a view to the ocean could be seen only by the monkeys in the nearby trees. On a warm afternoon, we could take a swim in the pool, which was also a favorite hangout of a large iguana. There was no shortage of wildlife at Lapa Rios.
"Monkeys, Macaws, and more! Excellent if you're in rooms 1-11 & go when it's cooler!"
Our family had a fabulous 5 nights at Lapa Rios near the end of May. (and with the way tours are arranged in the day & how much energy the average person has, this was a perfect stay...giving us 2-3 tours a day & some time for resting) This was booked for us by Molly at Costa Rican Vacations & we had no idea what we were getting into, (although I did check trip advisor to make sure it would be good!) we were hoping for a place to see amazon-type wildlife more easily than in the amazon basin in Ecuador & we got exactly that! Lots of steps & hills here, so this is not at all for the mobility impaired & the topography is never going to lend itself to that here. Perhaps at one of the locations at the bottom near the beach. WHEN TO COME? It looks important to come at a time that is not too hot, according to other reviews...April is the hottest & it's hard to sleep at night. We had no trouble with the fan & a cool shower before bed. Let's begin with the WILDLIFE, since that's probably what you're here for & anyone in Costa Rica that hears you say Osa knows this is the best place for a wild experience. First of all, since the property is in secondary forest (this means a lower canopy!) and many of the buildings are above the canopy since it's on top of a hill, viewing is ideal for birds and monkeys. This location makes difficult to see wild species easy, like the macaw and the endangered squirrel monkey. From our room balcony (I"ll cover rooms further down) early in the morning, about 5:30-6, a large group of squirrel monkeys would slowly migrate down the canopy by the room, eating & playing as they went. About 30 minutes after that, a toucan would fly up the canopy & rest in the tree right by our balcony & preen himself for about 15-20 minutes while I sat admiring him & taking his photos...or maybe he was there for a photo shoot?! A hawk rested on a branch over the walkway by the restaurant in plain sight, a large iguana can regularly be spotted near the pool, the raccoon-like mammal is regularly on the trails near the pool, and colibris eat from the flowers near the restaurant. For sighting wildlife, the best tours were the birding tour (best when it's overcast) & the Matapalo Tour. The other tours are mainly going to be vegetation, insects, frogs, snakes...our kids loved swimming in the basins on the waterfall tour. It's also easy to go to the beach & do the Matapalo walk on your own once you've taken the tour, they are service-minded enough to arrange a beach pickup so you don't have to hike the hill back! This was a way-better wildlife viewing opportunity than the amazon in Ecuador..not sure about Peru, yet, but I'll know that by early next year. ROOMS. When I read reviews here, a lot of the 'negative' reviews have to do with room locations & this is very true. I would be miserable if I had to hike from room 12+ to the restaurant, there were many steps just between our rooms (3-11) to the main restaurant, but at least you weren't covered in sweat by the time you arrived. I would also imagine, the rooms 12+ don't get as much air movement, which would make it more difficult to be cool at night. Personally, I wouldn't want rooms 1 & 2 because although they are a hill walk from the main building, it is next to the entry road (probably not used that much) & just doesn't have as much of a secluded 'feel' to it. I highly recommend bungalow 4. Although its orientation isn't quite as good as the odd numbered bungalows (less than 11) for receiving the night breeze, bungalow 4 had a perfect canopy position for viewing wildlife from the balcony...like the description above. However, if you can't get number 4, you can have a similar viewing experience up at the main lodge. I know bungalow 3 & 5 have more dense foliage right next to the balcony, 4 was open with just a little non-dense foliaged tree next to the balcony...this is the one the toucan came to each morning. So, you will definitely have a better experience if you have a specific room! (the rooms are fabulous, but it's the jungle, there will be bugs! Keep suitcases zipped, my husband had got stung by a stowaway scorpion! BTW, be sure to tip those guys that carry your luggage all that way!!! Thanks to Joel & the other 2 guys, I'm sorry I can't remember your names! TOURS- We enjoyed the tours we took. We regularly took the birding tour, we enjoyed learning about the eco-friendly practices on the pigs & twigs tour, our kids liked swimming in pools on the waterfall tour, and we didn't get to take the medicine tour because it got rained out. Our Matapalo guide wasn't the best, so it was rather disappointing, we spent a long time stopping at some places, but none underneath a wonderfully photogenic group of macaws! We had a group of 7 & we were at the back, by the time we got there, (and we really weren't far behind, just in line behind them) he had already finished talking about whatever it was & no one told us about it! So we really didn't enjoy this tour, but the others were great. Edwin & Jose are both fantastic guides & really good about making sure everyone in the group hears their explanations...which are numerous as they know so much! Waterfalls with Jeffrey was also very good with much information from him & his patient smile as my kids enjoyed time swimming. FOOD- We really enjoyed the food here, people have to understand it's Costa Rican cuisine & the ingredients are locally sourced, so it's not going to be America! Open your mind & eat up. The portions are generous, so I had to go to asking for 'medio porcion' or have portions, which they gladly did. Our favorites were tico breakfast, eggs benedict (not like America!) fish in coconut sauce, gazpachos, and always the warm blondie for dessert!! We had fabulous & super friendly service here, we were sad to leave Karol, Kendell, Eliser, Eliecer, and Henry-Jesus, they had become like family! We loved the fruit juices, too & they were always happy to bring more. (any time of day) We didn't drink any alcohol, so couldn't comment on the pricing there. GENERAL- When we arrived, we were assigned to Derrian as our 'concierge' and he was always super helpful, as well as Alex at the front desk. They even made sure that a tour was offered at a time we could go, so I think the 'flexibility' another guest was desiring is there, you just have to ask...they've got a system that has worked well, but are glad to adapt if the guide is available. WIFI is only available in one small area, but folks, it's vacation, unplug for a while, you won't regret it! The only negatives: our guide on the Matapalo with no time at some stops & lots of time at others & not hearing what was said to the first in the group. We wanted to do the cooking class & were there both Wed & Sat for this, mentioned it a couple of times & decided to wait until Saturday, but found out it wasn't available due to the 10k they were having. We didn't mind reduced activities that afternoon, but if you were only there that day it would've been annoying to you & it would've been nice to know so we could've done the Wednesday cooking class instead....sigh :-( But we had such a fabulous overall stay, this is minor & hence still the 5stars! Thank you Lapa Rios for a wonderful stay! We will highly recommend you (with the caveat on weather & room location!) and might some day return if we come back to Costa Rica.
"What a start!"
We arrived at Puerto Jiminez airport to be met with chilled coconut water and a very friendly driver with a 4x4 to take us to the resort. After a bumpy but enjoyable ride we arrived to be welcomed by more cold drinks and another friendly welcome. We were lucky to get given bungalow 3, which is close to the main lodge but still has a good few steps to negotiate, which was fine with us. This really is a gem of a place, a truly immersive experience with a touch of class. The food is great, although as has been mentioned before a bit more variety at dinner would be welcome, especially if you stay for 6 nights like we did. There are loads of things to do at the resort with the in house guides. We chose to do a different one every day, and were not disappointed in any way. A special mention to Jose and Edwin, both guides with real enthusiasm for their subjects, and knowledge to match. Just because these two have been singled out shouldn't take away from the rest of the staff- each and every one was friendly, courteous and professional and made our stay all the better. When we left we foolishly didn't check the room safe properly, and foolishly left my wife's Tag watch behind. Both Laps Rios and the hotel we had moved to went above an beyond to get this back to us, for which we are clearly grateful. To summarise, a beautiful property with a fantastic approach to sustainably and service, surrounded by wildlife at every turn (Jorge the Green Iguana is so regular by the pool and something of a character), with wonderful views over the Golfo Dulce all topped off by a staff who truly want you to have a great time and do everything to ensure you enjoy every moment of your stay. Thank you all so much for looking after us so well Pura Vida Paul and Rachel
"River of Macaws (Red ones)"
Our introduction to the lodge started at their office close to Puerto Jimenez airport, having travelled by road to get there (from Trogon Lodge). There we transferred to a comfortable air conditioned 4X4 for the 30 minute ride to the lodge. Well it would have been 30 minutes if we hadn't kept stopping for interesting distractions along the way: Owls, monkeys etc. all pointed out to us by our very keen and knowledgeable driver. We arrived just in time for lunch so we were offered the chance to have lunch before checking in and we gratefully accepted this, and enjoyed a brief visit from a coati during lunch. Afterwards, when being shown to our bungalow, we discovered that it was right at the bottom of the 200 steps that link the lowest of the rooms to the main lodge at the top of the hill. We had read about the 200 steps and had asked not to be at the bottom of them, but not to be right next to the lodge either. What we hadn't quite grasped from the website description was that there are 2 levels with several bungalows on each, and they advised that most of the bungalows with king-sized beds (which we had requested) were on the lower level. But we asked to be higher up and this was no problem, we were moved further up the hill without any hesitation, accepting that we would have two queen beds instead of a king, and â€˜would we like the room where housekeeping had spotted a sloth that morning?â€™ - of course we would - yes please. So room 5 became our home for the next 3 nights. (We were offered the chance to move the next day to a room with a king-sized bed on the first level but we decided to stay where we were and hope that the sloth wouldnâ€™t desert us. All the bungalows are wonderful, (with either a king or 2 queen beds), a spacious balcony with additional outside shower tucked in the corner, and a lovely view of the ocean - and in our case - the sloth who had taken up residence in the tree about 20m from our balcony. She (we think) did stay there for the whole of our stay, changing branch occasionally, but providing us with constant entertainment as she did what sloths do and slept for 20 hours each day, although she regularly changed position and checked what was going on around her and, at one point, fended off a visit from an unwelcome vulture who wanted to share her tree. We did manage to prise ourselves away to do some of the activities that are included in the stay - we did the Osa Trail, with guide Edwin, which was a very pleasant amble through the forest with sightings of Spider, Squirrel and Howler monkeys, Coati, Toucans, an Owl and many other bird varieties, as well as another 3-toed sloth AND a 2-toed sloth â€“ both doing what sloths do best â€“ sleep, so we could just see balls of fur up in their respective trees. We also did the morning and night walks which were also well done by Jeffrey and Jose, and we saw frogs and snakes. There are a variety of inclusive trips but these are scheduled and operate on alternate days, mostly in the morning and some are almost back-to-back, allowing only about 20 minutes to freshen up and have breakfast, so you either have to choose which ones you really want to do and miss the others, or have an ultra quick turnaround. We ended up doing fewer of the trips than we had first intended as we did not want to be in such a rush. This is an American-owned resort although very much an eco-resort focused on sustainability and contributing to its environment. It is high cost and quality, but with a very relaxed atmosphere, and a very safe environment from which to enjoy the forest. All of the staff are local (in line with the resortâ€™s eco ethics), and are well trained, friendly and evidently very happy with their employer. Our only disappointment at Lapa Rios was Dinner. At breakfast and lunch there were plenty of Vegetarian options but, bizarrely, for the evening meal these all disappeared. This was resolved, although with little imagination and quite a bit of effort on our part, and despite them having been notified in advance. This was even more of a surprise after our excellent experience at the Hotel Grano de Oro at the beginning of our trip as the two properties are part of the same group. Costa Rican cuisine doesn't really recognise vegetarianism, although the ubiquitous Gallo Pinto provides quite a bit of scope for improvisation, but it was a shame that of all the lodges we stayed in, this high-end, otherwise delightful lodge, struggled the most
This is a nature lovers paradise! Our family visited for Spring Break and the stay at Lapa Rios was the highlight of our trip. Superbly trained, thoughtful staff. Beautiful lodging and grounds. Wonderful wildlife experts. Delicious food we would highly recommend.
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