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Lapa Rios Ecolodge  Hot
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Eco Stars: 5 star
Stars: unrated
Location: Central America
Country: Costa Rica

Lapa Rios Ecolodge

Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, making it the destination that matches every one's idea of paradise.

Lapa Rios was built by John and Karen Lewis as a private nature reserve. A Minnesota couple driven by a vision, John and Karen liquidated all their assets to finance the purchase of a large tract of rainforest and to build the small supporting tourism project. Today a conservation easement elaborated by The Nature Conservancy and Cederena ensure that this rainforest will be preserved into perpetuity. The Lapa Rios reserve is connected through a corridor with Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula.

Lapa Rios is built in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environment. The main lodge and bungalows line three ridges connected by walking paths and steps. Built over 350 feet above the sea, Lapa Rios catches the cooling tropical breezes. The main lodge, housing the restaurant and bar, soars 50 feet and is built of local, natural materials. Palm thatched roofs meet a three-story hardwood circular stairway. Climb to overlook the forest canopy and breathtaking ocean vistas. Comfortable, locally made bamboo furniture adds to relaxation in this tranquil panorama of nature.


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Overall Rating: ★★★★★ (5)

Special Achievements:
Winner of five leaves from Costa Rica´s prestigious Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (CST) In the process of being certified as CNeutral (carbon neutral)

Energy Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - At this moment, Lapa Rios Ecolodge has a very rigorous energy saving plan, and is working diligently to improve upon it as well. Due to the fact that we are located in a very remote area of Costa Rica (off the country’s central electricity grid), we need to generate our own power. We are currently using biodiesel in our generators and are in the midst of conducting a study on the feasibility of micro-hydro. Additionally, we use solar panels to supplement our water heating needs, and have installed a biodigestor that uses excess organic waste from the hotel kitchen to power our employee kitchen (we have a group of pigs on property and collect the methane gas that forms off of their fecal matter to produce gas for our employee kitchen stoves). The property itself runs on extremely energy efficient equipment and lighting; there are no air conditioners on property and we have prohibited the use of blow dryers among our guests. Additionally, all management and staff have gone through rigorous training on energy saving techniques and practices, and every year, we make sure to write up our energy saving goals.

Water Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - While Lapa Rios Ecolodge is located in an area where we have an abundance of water, we have implemented several measures to reduce our consumption of water. All plants in the Lapa Rios garden are native to Costa Rica and require little, if any, additional watering. All of our cleaning and personal products offered to guests are biodegradable, and we have information for guests about water saving techniques (including a linen and towel reuse program). Additionally, all of our staff has gone through extensive training on water saving techniques and practices, and every year, we make sure to write up a list of goals to save water.

Disposal Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Lapa Rios Ecolodge has an extensive and rigorous recycling program. All areas of the hotel, including hotel rooms, are equipped with recycling receptacles, and all employees have received extensive training on waste management and recycling practices. Additionally, we have a composting system and a biogas system that works with our organic waste. As mentioned above, our biodigestor uses excess organic waste from the hotel kitchen to power our employee kitchen. We have a group of pigs on property and collect the methane gas that forms off of their fecal matter to produce gas for our employee kitchen stoves. Every year, we make sure to write up a list of goals for ways that we can reduce our non-recyclable waste as well.

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Lapa Rios Ecolodge makes a great effort to work on educating its guests on the importance of sustainability and on involving them with the local community. We offer a number of locally guided tours that go into the local community (including tours of local farms and local conservation projects) and also offer a sustainability tour that looks at our various projects and practices in sustainable tourism. Additionally, all of our promotional material works to educate guests about the importance of sustainability and how they can contribute to our cause.

Protection Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Lapa Rios works extensively in conservation, education and community development. We support local schools, buy locally produced organic vegetables and support a number of community development projects. Guests are made aware of these programs through our on-site sustainability coordinator and through all of our promotional material.

Contact Details

Name:
Lapa Rios Ecolodge
Address:
USA "Mail Drop"
Box 025216-SJO 706
Miami, FL 33102-5216

Lodge Location:
Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica
Telephone:
011-506-2735-5130
Website:
www.laparios.com
E-mail:
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anakato, Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Written by shymaa ghaleb

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ANAKATO , RISING UP FROM THE TRANQUIL & SERENE NILE , ITS STANDS PROUD AS ANYTHING THAT IS TOUCHED BY THE WATERS OF THE OLDEST & LONGEST RIVER IN THE WORLD !!! GUARDED BY A MAGIC TREE WHOSE DOMINANT BRANCHES BEND OVER TO KISS THE NILE ! STORIES AND LEGEND BEING TOLD OF AGUARDAIN WHO LIVES UNDER IT WATCHING OVER ANAKATO FROM ALL THAT IS BAD OR EVIL
a gateway into gharb sohil, the land of the nubains the walls of this unique house tell a wonderful story . astory of people unchanged by civilization whose culture ,language and history have been
unaltered and remain a mystery to outsiders. this cultural house is willing to share the secrets of its ancient land and people not in the information you may read but through experiencing the ambiance .
indulge yourself in a swim in the cool nile relax on it's littel sand beach , safari to fishing coricodile or just enjoy the bright sun of el noba over looking a spectacular view . visit us at night too to get a feel of the extraordinary rhythem and step of our nubian dance. which ever way you choose to explore your journey, you will leave with a piece af anakato forever agift from its people to the world
it's really a whole new world to discover
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Impressive and spectacular!, Thursday, 26 February 2009

Written by Jennifer Pirie

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The location, how the ecolodge was developed and the grounds are breathtaking. But the most spectacular thing is the continuos effort the lodge makes in giving better life quality to the community. The people of Lapa Rios is what trully makes a difference.
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Spectacular!, Monday, 09 February 2009

Written by Cecilia Monge

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I LOVED every minute of my holiday at Lapa Rios....the moment I got on the open air jeep and we went across teh river to the hotel I was in paradise....paradise is the only word to describe the location...the rooms ( bungalows) are very spacious eco friendly and beautiful, you have the rainfirest at your fingertip! We saw lots of monkeys and lapas. The service is unsurpassed in every way....if you can go...go ASAP!! The food is excellent. The hotel gives back to the community it is in which I find worth mentioning. 5 star all around in my book!!!!
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what a peacefull place, Wednesday, 04 February 2009

Written by Andreas Pfister

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wildlife at its best. beeing woken up by monkeys and sung to sleep the voices of the jungle. very friedly staff and effiecient management. the view of my bungalow was breathtaking. thank you for the experience - i will never forget it!!!
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An amazing place, Tuesday, 03 February 2009

Written by Anne Luehrmann

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This place is spectacular. I saw more wildlife here than any other hotel that I stayed in in Costa Rica. Very simple (no air conditioning in rooms, for example), but also very luxurious at the same time (with breathtaking views of the ocean). Amazing staff and an inspiring commitment to conservation and community development.
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