In this post, Karen and Thomas share their Lapa Rios Tropical Adventure experience, probably the most last-minute trip I’ve put together in my 20 years as a travel planner! They contacted me on a Monday and traveled on Wednesday... of the same week!. This trip great has seen many satisfied travelers and, over the years, been continually updated to be one of our most popular trips (especially for couples and families with children over 6 years old). Let me share what they had to say in their review of the trip...
"Hi Grettel: I can hardly put into words what a fabulous trip we had—starting from the moment I spoke with you on the phone everything went like clockwork. I do not have time to completely reply at this point, but I’ll hit the highlights:
Lapa Rios was absolutely amazing. The staff was professional and friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Although some of the staff member’s English is less than perfect (but oh so much better than my Spanish), they try incredibly hard to learn every day new words and vocabulary from the guests. The food was outstanding. The rooms---oh my God, what can I say about the rooms (well, except for the 203 stairs and 330 steps to get from our room to the dining room and pool), nothing short of magnificent. Our cabana was the furthest from the facilities and we had probably 10 monkeys that would come and visit us every afternoon, and the Macaws—they were everywhere. What a sight to look up and see 3 Macaws flying in formation with their magnificent colors trailing through the crystal blue sky. The entire trip there was fabulous.
Just when we thought it could not get any better, we met up with Marco (aka "Tex"), who has to be the best guide in the world, and we are off to the even more amazing cloud forest of Monte Verde. The scenery—spectacular—and we are not easy to impress as we have our own home near the coast of Central California, a second home in the Sierra Nevadas, and have travelled extensively in Europe. But Monte Verde is so exceptional. Our time with Marco was so enlightening—he is so knowledgably about Costa Rican history and current events and affairs, not to mention his knowledge of Costa Rican natural wildlife.
One of the most exhilarating days of my life was zip lining. I was so afraid to do it, but by the second line, I was hooked. It is such an adrenaline rush and the scenery from 530 feet above the jungle floor is just amazing!!! We have made a bucket list and it included Costa Rica, Panama, and the Amazon. After we had spent the 5 nights in Lapa Rios, my husband said that he now did not need to go to Panama or the Amazon, but that he also did not need to come back to Costa Rica—as we have “now seen it” and we need to move on to the other places on our list. Then we met up with Marco and headed to Monte Verde. Between the scenery of Monte Verde and the time spent with Marco learning about Costa Rica, my husband now says, “Oh, yes, we are coming back here!”
We absolutely fell in love with the scenery and the people—everyone we met was so nice. The “ticos” really seem to love their country. I can’t say that I blame them!
I could go on and on, thank you so much for the incredible trip. Please give our regards to Marco and tell him that we think he’s the best!!!
Very truly yours,
Karen and Thomas
One thing is certain, the guides are one of the most important elements of a trip and I feel proud to be able to connect our travelers with the best professional Naturalist Guides in Costa Rica. Feel free to share with us how you feel about your travel bucket lists and what challenges you have overcome on a trip that made you feel the most proud! And, if you feel like joining the same trip Karen and Thomas took with a great Costa Rican guide, you can visit our Lapa Rios Tropical Adventure or contact me for more information. This short video might help to awaken your curiosity about Lapa Rios Ecolodge!
Grettel Calderon (aka "Usha").