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Lapa Rios is the family vacation of a lifetime, located in Southern Costa Rica on the breathtaking Osa Peninsula. It is one of the most sustainable eco-lodges in Costa Rica. One of the few rainforest lodges in the world, located along some pristine beaches, great for surfing. This 17-bungalow lodge sits in a stunning, unique area; pristine tropical lowland rainforest, where nature thrives in a natural state.

Opened in 1993, “Lapa” is the Costa Rican word for the scarlet macaw. The Osa Peninsula is a habitat for jaguars, and all 4 species of Costa Rican monkeys, including the squirrel monkey, white-face capuchin, mantled howler, and spider monkey. There are 3 ways to get here once landing in Costa Rica: Fly, private shuttle service, or drive yourself; take your pick based on your preferences.

Their story

It all started in 1993, when the founders John and Karen Lewis first arrived at the property, they were treated to a line of scarlet macaws flying, creating an image to resemble a red river running over the jungle canopy. “Lapa” is the Costa Rican word for the scarlet macaw who made up this river. The name came to be known as Lapa Rios, translating to “River of Scarlet Macaws” in English.

Protecting this pristine environment was important from the beginning, so to ensure permanent protection for the area, the founders partnered with the Nature Conservancy and the Costa Rican land conservation organization to sign a conservation easement. Along with this agreement, comes strict guidelines around land use, to ensure no disturbance to the natural flora and fauna. You will find over 8km of trails, but never more than 10,000 meters to protect the environment. Read more about them here.

Sustainability actions

Lowest impact construction and operation

Highest level of energy efficiency

Pioneer in waste management

Using organic and chemical-free products

Actively protects nature and community

  • Interpretive hikes
  • Sustainability tours
  • Bird-watching walks to see many of the 20 Costa Rican birds.
  • Golfo Dulce dolphin, whale, and turtle watching
  • Sea and mangrove kayaking

READ ON36 Eco-friendly Things to Do in Costa Rica (From A to Z)

Best time to visit Lapa Rios

  • To avoid the rainy season, plan your visit outside May-June and September-October. 
  • If you want to enjoy this place the sunniest it can be, visit in March or December.
  • The humidity in Costa Rica is high all year around. 
  • Smaller showers or thunderstorms can be expected all year around, so please be prepared.

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