Although the country’s shoreline is reputed as one of the world’s most beautiful, the country’s star eco-attraction is its gigantic expanse of lush rainforest. In Costa Rica the belief that “a forest left standing is worth more than one cut down” has been around for a while.
For the real thing, fly south to the Osa Peninsula and its Corcovado National park, home to everything from iguanas to ocelots, puma, iguanas, spider monkeys, poison dart frogs and even the reclusive tapir!
This expanse of unspoiled tropical forest is one of the world’s most biologically diverse regions and has been labelled the ‘who’s who of endangered species.’
Luckily there’s no need to rough it. Adventurous souls with a taste for luxury can stay amongst the critters at Lapa Rios, a rainforest retreat with just 14 bungalows sitting in the midst of a 1,000 acre private reserve.
The eco-lodge is all about conservation, education and sustaining the local community.
Impressively, no live trees were cut for its construction and 70% of materials used to build the bungalows are renewable. The natural spring water is heated with solar panels and plastics and chemicals are limited while both fossil fuels and pesticides are banned.
Modern luxuries are kept to a bare minimum. No internet connection, nor TV, let alone room service – or the wildlife might invade!
Interiors are simple yet elegant, with glowing wooden floors, racing green linens and the obligatory romantic, and useful, mosquito nets. The bathroom is sleek and sophisticated with an al fresco shower in the small exotic garden while, from the deck’s hammock, the view is simply beautiful: acres of lush tropical rainforest spilling over the rugged coastline to the deserted Pacific beach.
It’s the perfect place to commune with nature, while preserving it. Days swim past in a daze of hikes, wildlife spotting, the odd siesta and delicious dinners of grilled jumbo shrimps followed by homemade brownie with macadamia nuts…Our idea of heaven!
For some example tours please see our Cox and Kings pages.