Rainforests, powdery beaches, white-water rivers and towering volcanoes: this relaxed Central American country offers exceptional wilderness adventures in stunning landscapes.
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Lapa Rios Rainforest Lodge
Puerto Jimenez, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica|www.laparios.com|
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Lapa Rios combines David Attenborough wilderness with honeymoon comfort. Jungle suites are boutique hotel luxe and come with wonderful from-the-bed views: through floor-to-ceiling windows over rolling, rainforest-carpeted hills to the shimmering blue Golfo Dulce tropical fjord.
The Briza Azul restaurant, set on a decked terrace with more glorious sea views, serves up classic Costa Rican dishes, with dock-to-dish fish and seafood, and fruit and vegetables from its own garden.
The lodge’s eco-credentials are impeccable; it generates its own natural gas (from kitchen-scrap-fed pigs), has a solar heating system and has been supporting local schools for over 25 years.
The lodge sits on the edge of remote and wild Corcovado National Park – the largest tract of primary tropical forest on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The reserve teems with wildlife – from rare, brilliantly-coloured, wren-sized manakins to curly-tailed coatimundis, capuchin monkeys and raucous scarlet macaws.
There’s nowhere north of Brazil where you’re more likely to see jaguars.
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