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Lapa Rios holiday reviews

R and Y Smith

Date of trip: 03/04/2019


Number of people: 2

"You’ll never be bored or hungry though you will be sticky!! Pleasant welcome at the office just outside the airstrip with a welcome drink and biscuit. The drive to the resort was not as bumpy as I expected and there was a friendly welcome at reception with the offer of lunch straight away or an orientation tour of the facilities and our room. We decided to eat first and then take the tour and be shown our room. which was 2, located on the road in just before you get to the main building with reception and the dining room. It had great views over the top of tree canopy to the Pacific and only a slope to the main area not the steps that others had to contend with. It was a large room with insect screens not windows so it did get sticky without air con but two queen sized beds beneath fans were comfortable as were the pillows. It also had good mosquito nets around the bed in case you felt you needed them. Our room had a large deck with sun loungers, chairs, table and a hammock. The outside shower was wonderful with butterflies and humming birds to watch as you washed - which was frequently in the humid heat. Throughout the resort there was drinkable water from taps provided by their own spring. All the staff we met were friendly, helpful and seem committed to the ethos of the resort. The guides were really knowledgeable and informative and we had enjoyable early morning and evening walks seeing many birds. Also highly recommended is the medicinal plant walk where Edwin, who took us, was good company and his knowledge was fantastic which made for a really interesting walk through the rain forest. We saw three types of monkeys within the first few minutes all within 20 metres of each other and the fourth species later in the walk. When we climbed the spiral steps to the observation tower we were lucky enough to see a toucan eating close by, spider monkeys and scarlet macaws flying from a neighbouring tree. You’ll probably find yourself keeping different hours - early awakening by the howler monkeys so early to bed. The early morning drinks order is left outside your door at 6.00. Great quality food is included in the price and there are long hours for each meal because of various tours. Which tours are free is clearly explained and there’s a list on a board in reception but others can be undertaken for an extra charge, There’s a wifi hut with a couple of tables and some chairs that has a high speed connection but it’s only available there. Lots of animals and birds around the resort. Water freely available around at various locations. A couple of negative comments from guests we met were the number of steps from other rooms up to the pool, bar and dining area and no shower caps so, if you don’t always want to wash your hair in the frequent showers that are necessary, remember to bring one yourself. "

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Time: GMT -6 hours

Flight time: The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.



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