Lapa Rios Lodge
Lapa Rios Lodge
Peninsula de Osa 12 miles from, Puerto Jimenez, Cabo Matapalo. Golfito, Puntarenas
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Johan Hassard studied Eco-tourism Management at the Universidad de Costa Rica in Guanacaste. He started in the aviation industry; participating of the opening team of Liberia´s new International airport. Then moved to the hospitality sector with the opening of the Andaz Península Papagayo Resort. Johan is passionate about the environment and climate change issues and assists the Carbon Neutral Unit of EARTH University as Carbon Neutral Verifier.
Boutique ; Rustic and Luxurious Lodge
Lapa Rios protects over 1000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest and also runs a Plant-a-Tree reforestation program. A small on-site pig farm produces biogas for the staff kitchen and the edible garden produces herbs and greens. Lapa Rios also runs an innovative program, training nature guides in order to maintain ecotourism in the community as the main source of income. Discover the sustainable side of Lapa Rios
LAPA RIOS LODGE
History & Story
In 1990, a couple from Minnesota Karen and John Lewis came to Costa Rica in search of adventure and contribution. Both graduates of the United States Peace Corps, John, a trial attorney, and Karen, a professional musician and teacher, saw the need for an international tourist destination for environmentally-conscious travelers. They sought out a destination that was off the beaten path, where they would have the opportunity to make a significant difference for environmental conservation and the local population. The Osa Peninsula was just that. To finance the building of Lapa Rios, John and Karen sold their house and possessions, liquidated their pensions and profit sharing plan, and moved to the Osa Peninsula to develop their dream. Working with the surrounding community, they built the 17-room Lodge by hand, using exclusively locally harvested renewable materials. Today, Lapa Rios is recognized worldwide as an example of successful eco-tourism, a model in which wilderness preservation as well as guest and staff education is essential to its operation.
2014 by Monte Azul Grafica, S.R.L., Randy Langendorfer and Carlos Rojas
Date added extensions
2014 from 16 Rooms to 17
Main Strengths, Special Touch
National Geographic Unique Lodges Of The WorldSet in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica’s wild Osa Peninsula, Lapa Rios Lodge is a founding member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. This simultaneously rustic and luxurious Lodge is a pioneer in sustainable tourism.
Lapa Rios is located on the lush Osa Peninsula that is situated in southwestern Costa Rica next to the Pacific Ocean (near the Panamanian border). The tropical lowland rainforests and untouched natural beauty make this part of Costa Rica the ideal destination for eco tourists and nature lovers. It was declared one of the most biologically intense places on earth by the National Geographic magazine. The Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica is home to Corcovado National Park and a sanctuary to many of the country’s endangered animals such as pumas, jaguars, scarlet macaws and the great harpy eagle.
Key sites/activities in the area
-Near by Corcovado National Park
-Golfo Dulce Dolphin Tour
-Sea and mangrove kayak tour
-Canopy zip line
You won’t need air conditioning as the bungalows are cross ventilated and have ceiling fans over the beds.
You won’t miss televisions nor phones in the rooms. We do have a small dedicated area with Wi-Fi Access available for our guests between the main restaurant and pool area.
Lapa Rios is located on a ridge which guarantees stunning views from all bungalows. But it also requires stair walking (about 200 steps from the lowest bungalow to the dining area).
Minimum age of 6 years old
While staying at our eco lodge, your children will have the opportunity to:
-Swim under a secluded waterfall surrounded by lush tropical rainforest.
-Take a hike on our kid-friendly hiking trails throughout 1,000 acres of our private nature reserve where they may see monkeys, sloths, toucans, macaws, frogs and many other creatures of the rainforest.
-Participate in the Kids Rainforest Tour
-Get up close and personal with aquatic animals such as dolphins on our dolphin and whale watching tour with fish when you go snorkeling.
-Learn all about sustainability practices and meet our adorable pigs on the Twigs, Pigs and Garbage
-Plant and name your very own baby tree in our volunteer rainforest.
•Number of Luxury rooms:
• 17 open-air design Luxury bungalows with panoramic rainforest and Golfo Dulce views
-Large ceiling fans
-King sized or two queen sized beds
-Spacious indoor bathroom with two showers, waffle cotton bathrobes, organic toiletries
-Private outdoor deck with rain shower, hammock and lounge chairs
-Daily morning housekeeping service and evening turndown
Restaurants & Bars
• Expect locally sourced, freshly prepared meals along with breathtaking views of the rainforest and Golfo Dulce at the lodge’s restaurant.
• All meals are served a la carte at Brisa Azul Restaurant
• We offer fresh local fruits and vegetables with responsibly caught seafood, organic chicken and grass-fed beef.
• A full service bar mixes favorite beverages, fresh juices, organic wines and premium spirits
• Rates includes 3 gourmet a la carte meals daily plus snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
• Open massage area & yoga deck with impressive views
• Salt-based pool and direct beach access
Extra Notable Features
• Rates include: On-site activities: Wild Waterfall Hike, Local Medicine Tour, Rainforest Ridge Hike, The Osa Trail, Matapalo Tour, Sunset and Early Morning Birdwatching, Night Walk, Plant- a-Tree, visit to the Carbonera School, Twigs, Pigs and Garbage Sustainability Tour. Self-guided hiking trails
•Yoga lessos 3 times per week
• Cooking lessons, soccer games and other activities to Learn & Connect with our staff, community & other guests
Hotel and restaurant Awards
• Cayuga has won several major accolades in recent years, including National Geographic World Legacy Award in 2017,
• Cayuga won Green Hotelier Award 2016
Lapa Rios Lodge is a founding member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.
Number of employees
60 employees; 95% are local