Lapa Rios Eco Resort
Romantic Eco Luxury, Great Service, & Spectacular Wildlife!
‘Lapa Rios’ is perfect for:
Couples, families, nature lovers, and anyone looking for an enriching and unfiltered stay in the jungle!
Located in the remote Osa Peninsula, Lapa Rios Ecolodge is a true gem among Costa Rica’s eco-resorts. Hidden in the rainforest of the southern Pacific coast, Lapa Rios provides a high-end and authentic jungle experience.
Lapa Rios is one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, and it’s easy to see why. This boutique eco-sanctuary is nestled in the wildest part of the country—Osa Peninsula. It’s 1,000 acres of private reserve in Central America’s largest remaining Pacific lowland tropical rainforest.
What to Expect
- Tours and adventures. Rappel a waterfall, swim with dolphins, or learn to surf—Lapa Rios has an endless list of activities to suit everyone. Many of these are complimentary!
- Immersion in nature. Wildlife greets you at your door with the enchanting cry of exotic birds, like the famous scarlet macaw, or the graceful canopy leap of the squirrel monkey.
- Private bungalows. Each bungalow features a private deck and patio garden, complete with an outdoor shower, ocean views, and beds draped in mosquito netting to create a private, romantic setting.
- Meal-inclusive experience. Three gourmet meals a day are included with your rate.
What NOT to Expect
- City life. This hotel is for those who want to venture off the beaten path, away from big cities or towns.
- Resort amenities. As a boutique hotel, Lapa Rios focuses on providing an authentic Costa Rican experience.
Away from the Rest of the World
Lapa Rios is located at the end of Osa Peninsula, in the southern part of the country. The easiest way to travel is to take a 50-minute flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez, where a driver picks you up and takes you on a 45-minute scenic drive to the lodge.
Private Bungalows in the Heart of the Jungle
Being in Lapa Rios is being surrounded by nature and comfort both. As one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the world, the lodge offers a sustainable luxury experience in the heart of Costa Rica’s wild country.
This Costa Rica luxury eco resort was the first of its kind in the region and continues to offer first-class service amid an ever-changing remote landscape.
Lapa Rios consists of 16 open-sided, thatched-roof bungalows, scattered along a steep hillside that ends steps away from the beach.
Each bungalow is fit with top-of-the-line furnishings, such as netted beds, ceiling fans, indoor and outdoor showers, and a private deck with lounge chairs and hammock. Since the room is completely open, it allows the sounds of wildlife and the ocean breeze to enter.
The bungalow’s location on the hill provides different opportunities. The further down the hill you are, the closer you are to the ocean. Those on the higher up rooms are then closer to the lobby and pool area.
To go from one side of the hill to the other, you can use the steps. If you prefer, call the lobby and ask for a shuttle up or down the hill and they’ll be happy to provide it!
Seclusion & Nature in a Meal-Inclusive Hotel
Lapa Rios understands being so far into the wild doesn’t mean you don’t want the best possible service and experience. Here, it’s easy to enjoy the comforts of modern hospitality while surrounded by natural wonders.
To help you immerse yourself in the experience, the hotel has no electronic devices on the rooms. Instead, the front desk provides you with walkie talkies and a solar light to walk around the property when it gets darker.
Located right on the edge of the protected forest areas of Osa Peninsula, Lapa Rios teems with wildlife and vegetation. It’s very close to Corcovado National Park, which holds 2,5 % of all the world’s biodiversity.
Due to its remote location, there are no towns or restaurants nearby. Enjoy your meals at the on-site restaurant, which provides a meal plan with a la carte options. This includes non-alcoholic/non-mixed beverages.
Staff is detail-oriented, the lodge eco-friendly. At every step you are reminded of the abundance of life and the appreciation the hotel feels for its people and animals. This is also why the hotel offers a series of guided tours and activities for you to get to know the area.
Adventures in Osa Peninsula
Lapa Rios offers a selection of on-site guided tours. Depending on the length of your stay, you can enjoy nine different tour options. Customize your itinerary at the beginning of your vacation to fit the activities you want to do.
Choose between options that include:
- The night walk tour
- Early birdwatching tour
- Two different hike trails
- Sunset tour
- Sustainability tour
The property has miles of private trails in the rainforest, where you get a chance to spot rivers, waterfalls, natural pools, and the local wildlife.
The lodge provides boots, walking sticks, and socks so you can hike more comfortably among the rainforest. Some hikes are long, so bring water and repellent—Here in the jungle, the level of humidity is high!
In addition, explore the jungle trails to various beaches. The two beaches in front of Lapa Rios are safe for swimming, and there are surfing lessons available, too. After your excursions, staff is ready to provide you with water.
Because of its connection with nature, the hotel is committed to environmental protection.
It was certified by the Costa Rican Tourism Board with a Level 5 (highest available) CST (Certificate of Sustainable Tourism). Contribute to the Lapa Rios reforestation program by transplanting a primary rainforest seedling to an area of secondary growth.
In this way, you help preserve the forest that has welcomed you during this vacation. Truly, Lapa Rios is one of the best Costa Rica luxury eco resorts!
International Standards for Local Delicacies
The on-site restaurant, Brisa Azul, provides a fabulous dining experience. Their detail-oriented staff will ensure a pleasurable meal each time.
Guests have a full, a la carte meal plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Menus rotate every couple of days and offer an array of local favorites and international dishes. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are plentiful!
Food is locally sourced as much as possible. Try the option for catch-of-the-day, and make sure to taste the desserts! Ask if there are any pastries or fudge brownies, they are to die for.
In case you have room for a snack (the portions are really generous!), there is banana bread and coffee for early risers, and chips and dips laid out on the main deck throughout the day. They also offer a fully-stocked bar for afternoon/evening cocktails. Food and beverage service is available by the pool as well.
Also, if you want, a hot drink can be delivered (by request) to your bungalow each morning, as early as 5:00 a.m.
Wildlife and Snacks by the Pool
The pool area is near the lobby, and it includes a deck and bar. The views of the ocean and surrounding rainforest are expansive and stunning. Take a pair of binoculars and try to spot as many creatures as possible and admire the horizon.
Many animals visit the area. Keep your eyes open to spot four types of monkeys, sloths, toucans, birds like toucans, macaws, hummingbirds, and parrots, as well as a variety of insects.
This area also has WiFi in case you want to stay connected with the outside world. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a cocktail.
Corcovado National Park & Its Inhabitants
Since there are several protected areas right outside Lapa Rios, wildlife is one of the more common sights.
If you book a day trip to Corcovado National Park make your request early, at least a month in advance. The opportunities of spotting animals skyrocket! In the jungle live tapirs, anteaters, tropical birds of all kinds, and four species of monkeys.
With the help of a knowledgeable guide, it’s easy to admire one of the world’s most important locations.
*Prices reflect the least expensive rates during low season and are subject to change at any time. You will receive a 100% accurate price when you inquire with us and share your travel dates. Final package pricing includes taxes, domestic transport, tours and lodging as described unless otherwise indicated. The package does NOT include international airfare or optional travel insurance or any other services not expressly mentioned.
- Breakfast Included
- Can accommodate dietary restrictions
- Kids’ Activities
- On-Site Tours
- Swimming Pool