LAPA RIOS ECO LODGE
Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, is located on Costa Rica’s beautiful Osa Peninsula in the southern part of the country near Panama.
Set among a private 1,000-acre rainforest reserve, the property overlooks the point at which the Pacific Ocean meets the Golfo Dulce.
Nature trails for bird and wildlife encounters, numerous guided activities, massage, yoga and an eco-friendly salt-based pool offering stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean are what make this hidden gem a true luxury escape. Private bungalows dot the property’s hillside, punctuated by a dining area with viewpoint canopy rooftop. Climb the spiral wooden staircase for sweeping 360-degree views over the rainforest, ocean, gulf and nearby beaches and farms.
Lapa Rios Lodge provides a range of activities for guests to explore during their stay, which can be arranged upon check-in. The lodge has a team of local naturalist guides available to lead guests on excursions throughout the property. Activities include hiking along the private trails within the reserve, horseback riding, and kayaking or boating on Golfo Dulce. For those who love fishing, sport fishing on the Pacific Ocean is also available. Guests can also choose from various guided tours, such as whale and dolphin watching, overnight jungle excursions, zip-lining, waterfall canyoning, surfing, and hikes to nearby waterfalls or the Corcovado National Park. Moreover, Lapa Rios Lodge offers complimentary yoga sessions three times per week on the yoga deck or the new deck near the pool area that overlooks the ocean.
Sustainability at Lapa Rios Lodge
Because Lapa Rios reserve is nearby the Osa Peninsula’s Corcovado National Park, it contributes to the large swaths of land that are home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity and thousands of trees, plants, birds, insects and mammals. Their successful model in sustainable tourism is helping to protect Costa Rica’s biodiversity and is encouraging new skills and professional opportunities to the remote communities of the Osa Peninsula.
Lapa Rios Lodge is on National Geographic’s list of Unique Lodges of the World because it was founded with the goal of preserving one of Costa Rica’s most unspoiled wildernesses and engaging in local communities to encourage economic opportunities that are directly tied to the conservation of the rainforest.
Getting to Lapa Rios Lodge
Access to Lapa Rios Lodge is from the airstrip in Puerto Jimenez, 12 miles away, which is a short 50-minute flight from Costa Rica’s San Jose Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Driving from SJO to Lapa Rios Eco Lodge takes about 7 hours.
Lapa Rios is an all-inclusive experience with all meals included from arrival to departure. Alcohol and some off-site tours are an additional cost. There is WiFi throughout the property.
Lapa Rios Bungalows & Villas
Lapa Rios offers four accommodation options: Deluxe Bungalows, Premier Villas, Lapa Villas and the luxurious Matapalo Suites.
All the bungalows and villas feature expansive wrap-around decks with incredible views overlooking the rainforest and Golfo Dulce, from which monkeys and scarlet macaws can be seen.
Please Note: Lapa Rios is located in a remote wilderness setting. The lodge does not have air conditioning ( except for the Matapalo Suites ), phones, TV, or radios on the property in an effort to minimize environmental impact and connect with nature.
The 11 deluxe bungalows are dotted along a ridge in the 1000-acre private Rainforest Reserve. The bungalows are open-air with screens — uniquely designed to give you an incredible indoor-outdoor experience. In each, you’ll find harmony in this undisturbed environment, sunrise views, and an appreciation for the sounds, sights and smells of the Rainforest.
Amenities: Spacious, Private Deck with Outdoor Rain Shower
The Deluxe bungalows do not feature air conditioning. The open-air architecture and positioning on an ocean-facing ridge allow for constant air flow, keeping things cool.
For couples or friends who want the best, two new Premier Villas offer unparalleled comfort while immersing guests in one of the most biodiverse places on earth. Each private standalone suite is surrounded by the rainforest canopy and its abundance of wildlife grants uninterrupted views of the brilliant blue Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf). Private wraparound terraces and comfortable lounge seating plus a refreshing outdoor rain shower. Indoors you’ll find floor to ceiling views with screens to let in the ocean breezes, efficient eco-fans, a comfortable day bed & reading nook and either one king bed. Please note: The Premier Villas do not feature air conditioning.
Perched above the forest canopy and with sweeping ocean views, each of four new Lapa Villas simultaneously immerses guests in the spectacular wild nature of the Osa Peninsula. Each stand-alone villa features smooth hardwood flooring and elegant natural accents. Floor to ceiling screens and a wide wrap-around deck ensure stunning views. The outdoor terrace has its own private rain shower, a refreshing plunge pool, and comfortable chairs and lounges. Indoors you’ll be greeted with authentic-design furniture, a living area with a daybed plus a beverage nook with gourmet Costa Rican coffee. The master bedroom features one King bed with Simmons Beautyrest mattresses, fine linens, and eco-fans. The villa has a spacious bathroom with two solar-heated rain showers. Lapa Villas can accommodate up to 5 persons and are perfect for a family rainforest adventure. Please note: The Lapa Villas do not feature airconditioning.
Matapalo Suites: Suspended above the treetops with 240-degree views of the pristine Osa Peninsula coastline, you’ll rise each morning to a spectacular panorama of the rainforest canopy and the shimmering Pacific Ocean. More spacious than the bungalows, these suites are also better sheltered from the elements, with eco-efficient AC and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and screens. Each suite opens onto a private wraparound deck perfectly positioned for privacy and scenery. Each has a hanging daybed and comfortable chairs to take in the magnificent canvas of nature laid out before you. Hardwood floors, hand-crafted furniture and accessories, and the finest linens await indoors. There’s plenty of room to accommodate up to four guests, with a King-size bed and an optional Full or Twin bed according to your group’s size. Even the bathrooms invoke serenity with indoor and outdoor solar-heated showers, stone and hardwood accents, naturally sourced amenities, and luxurious bathrobes.
Kindly take note: Accessing the deluxe bungalows and main lodge requires climbing numerous stairs. To access the bungalows, guests need to walk along a path with stairs. In case you have mobility challenges, kindly inform our team beforehand if you prefer to stay in the villas or the deluxe bungalow one or two located closer to the lodge. Guests can request a car to transport them from the main lodge to the villas.