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Lapa Rios Ecolodge in Costa Rica.
Nov 2007

Lapa Rios Ecolodge
Lapa Rios is a model ecotourism project that strives to show that a forest left standing is worth more than one cut down. In addition to winning awards from Conde Nast Traveler and being featured in many international publications, this ecolodge is a pioneer in sustainable tourism employing only people from the local community and being committed to environmentally sound practices. 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. Considerable stair climbing is required to get to and from the bungalows and the main lodge. The wildlife is abundant in the common areas and near the bungalows. The bungalows themselves can be visited by a variety of small insects and creatures but nothing large or dangerous. Tolerance of this ever-present animal population is a necessary compromise in order to enjoy staying here.