When people think of sustainability, oftentimes they are not thinking of a luxury experience. Sustainability used to be determined by how much you had to give up or sacrifice, and not by the experience itself.
What we have done at Lapa Rios is try and bring the luxury back into sustainability. You don’t have to give up any comforts when you stay here and we think our guests would agree.
Recently a case study on sustainable tourism was done and featured Lapa Rios in the video. You can take a look below. We’re very proud of what we have created here at Lapa and we hope you will share it with anyone who might be interested in sustainability.
The glass frog is the newest addition to Costa Rica’s biodiversity and further strengthens the role it plays in the world’s wildlife makeup.
The new class frog has large white eyes with black pupils, translucent skin, and a bright green back. The first time you see it you will almost think that is an exact copy of Kermit the Frog however when you look at its belly the skin is so clear you can see all of its organs.
Including this new discovery the country of Costa Rica has 14 unique types of glass frogs.
Lapa Rios along with our sister hotels in the Cayuga Collection are inviting you to come down south and help us create the greatest green and sustainable family vacation in the world! You an apply through the Cayuga Collection website to help us with this vision.
We have seen first hand how a sustainable family vacation can leave a lasting impact on participants and we want your help to show others how green we can be.
Guests hunt for starfish among the inter-tidal pools near Lapa Rios.
And we are so excited because the Costa Rica’sGreen Season means days with sunny and warm mornings and early afternoons refreshed in the afternoon and evenings by rain that brings the rainforest around us to its full fledged colour. The Rain Forest really comes alive during this season and our friendly animal neighbors and the flora around us just love to come out and play during this time. Whales coming up from the South to have their offspring to Turtles, Birds, monkeys, reptiles amphibians and humans all sharing one space in complete harmony.
And that sea breeze! let me tell you about thatsea breeze!
Not only that but our guests get to enjoy our lodge while saving a ton of money! our rates are about 25% lower than in the dry season and you will also find lower airfares and it also means smaller crowds at the beach and the tours once you get down to The Osa Peninsula via San Jose.
The green season begins on May 1st and goes all the way to the 31st of October.
The green season is coming up and this means great values and less crowds at Lapa Rios Eco Lodge but sadly it also means that very soon the whales that visit the Osa Peninsula waters from the Northern Hemisphere will travel back home after giving birth and nursing their offspring (usually at the end of April) and we will have to wait for their Southern counterparts to arrive at the Osa Peninsula in July to be able toagain admire these magnificent creatures.
However, if you don’t want to miss the whales you will be happy to know that our special rates start on April 19th and therefore, you can take advantage of both the great value on booking your vacation for the Green Season and also catching the humpback whales before they go back home.
We have two whale watching tours available at Lapa Rios, both take great care in not interfering with the whales while giving the visitor an experience of a life time.
GOLFO DULCE DOLPHIN TOUR
Enjoy snorkeling and exploring the Golfo Dulce and its lush coastline. A great opportunity to see any of the three species of dolphins (common, bottled-nosed or spotted), whales and turtles. Snorkeling equipment included.
DOLPHIN TOUR AND
RIO ESQUINAS BOAT TOUR
Taxi and then boat from Puerto Jiménez to see dolphins, flying fish, sea birds, and maybe a seasonal whale! From the Golfo Dulce (depending on the tide), float up the Rio Esquinas and explore deep into a tree-covered river brimming with shore birds, mangrove swamps and the surrounding rainforest.
4 – 5 hours
As you may know Costa Rica is one of the most diverse countries in the world with hundreds of different species of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects in a relatively small landmass. In this respect, the Osa Peninsula is particularly lucky on how many different animals make it their home. This is the case of the sea turtles who visit the beaches neighboring Lapa Rios every year.
Sea turtles como to the Osa Peninsula Beaches to Lay their eggs.The southern beaches of the Osa Peninsula are visited primarily by two species of nesting turtles: Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) and Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas). Leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) and Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) are also occasional visitors.
All 7 species of sea turtles in the world are endangered due to human activity and we at Lapa Rios try to educate and inform our visitors about how to protect this beautiful animals. We also organize volunteer teams to take care of their hatching and nesting areas.
It is truly a pleasure to share the beach with them and we hope to do it for many years to come.
As you may know we are very proud to be located in one of the most bio-diverse areas of the world and we take great pride on this fact.
That is why today is so special to us. On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The first World Wild Life Day was then celebrated on March 3, 2014 with several initiatives around the world led by the UN and other non-profit organizations and this year as we celebrate the second World Wild Life Day we remember that we share this planet with amazing beings and Go Wild For Wild Life!
Wow! It has been great to have so many visitors during our high/dry season, we have been enjoying every single of our guests and we probably have on of our busiest years to date.
If you have not been able to escape the cold North American Winter, we have good news for you! the Green Season in Costa Rica begins in one month and during this period of time, between April and November, we have special rates so you can come visit us and enjoy the rainforest in all of its glory!
It is during this season that the green marvelous forest of Costa Rica really brightens up full with life! Many types of birds, sloths, monkeys and other jungle friends There is also less human traffic around the country making it a more private experience for you and your family or friends.
Hiking through the rainforest during the green season is perhaps one of the most fun activities you can do while in Costa Rica, you will feel transported to a land before time with majestic waterfalls and untamed vegetation. Nature will surely leave you in awe.
The beach and waves will still be there, the only difference will be the refreshing rainfall and fresh breeze the area gets in the afternoons.
It is no secret that bird watching at Lapa Rios is an memorable experience and one of the resort’s most popular activities.
If you have recently taken up bird watching and you are looking forward to the Bird Watching Tour at Lapa we want to make sure that you have the best information on equipment to make your expedition a great one, and that is why we present you with a couple of options in case you want to invest in your own pair of binoculars.
First we suggest that you invest in a pair of binoculars that are comfortable for you, it is important to consider if you wear glasses as you should be able to keep your glasses on while using binoculars.
For a person that wears glasses we can suggest the Eagle Optics Shrike 8×42
This is the least expensive good binocular you can buy with enough eye relief to work for a person who wears glasses. With a generous 17.6 mm eye relief, the Eagle Optics Shrike 8×42 offers good image quality and strong build. It’s waterproof, and it comes with the Eagle Optics Platinum Protection unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty.
And if you are blessed with 20×20 eyesight but would still like to get a glimpse of those birds as if you were up close and personal with them we can suggest to you, as your first pair of binoculars the Vortex Viper HD. The Viper HDs provide beautifully bright, clear, high-contrast, images. Our favorite model is the 8×42..
And the warranty service is as good as it gets. If the binocular ever fails or suffers accidental damage, Vortex promises to repair or replace it for free.
But what does this mean? Well, National Geographic, in spectacular places all over the world, has found rare retreats where gorgeous accommodation and world class cuisine are just one factor in a much greater equation. This collection is not made of simply hotels but the innovative concepts of dreamers all around the world that have come to life. These dreamers had at the center of their ideas a boldness in their design and detail while preserving the cultural and ecosystems the are kind to host them in their land.
In short, National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the world is a network of world class properties that take cultural and environmental sustainability seriously and support this idea through action.
National Geographic loved Lapa Rios due to its condition as a pioneer in eco-tourism, “Offering environmentally friendly luxury and an upscale rain forest experience designed to celebrate and preserve the area’s biodiversity. Today, Lapa Rios is also a haven from technology, a rare opportunity to unplug, slow down, and fully focus on the wild world around you.”
So, what does this mean for you , traveler? well, when you reserve your space through National Geographic Unique Lodges, you’ll be treated to a private lunch in the rain forest with a waterfall as your backdrop. Join a guide for the walk into the forest, learning about the flora and fauna you spot along the way. Then soak up the jungle ambiance over delectable food and a chilled bottle of wine, served by dedicated waitstaff, and top off the experience with a swim in the waterfall’s natural pool.