Our Interns Kaitin and Jose have arrived at their final destination to wrap up their internship. They started at Jicaro Island Ecolodge in Nicaragua and worked their way down through Costa Rica. Now they are at Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Restoring the Balance: A Note From the Jungles of Osa
Arriving at Lapa Rios”™s jungle perch over the Gulfo Dulce there”™s the sense this is a place that has always been here””that the trees were always as green and majestic, the troops of howler and spider monkeys always swinging from the trees, the scarlet macaws ever flocking through the lush valleys toward the beach.
The truth is a great portion of the property on which Lapa Rios sits was once ranch land. The owners, upon developing the area, had one critical vision in mind: to return these pastures to their original state, or as close to it as possible. As such, Lapa Rios has vigorously maintained the primary forest that existed, at the same time re-growing secondary forest (primarily through natural regeneration) as an adequate replacement for what was lost.
In the spirit of the hotel”™s original vision, the ” Plant a Tree” program allows guests direct involvement in this reforestation campaign; guests can choose from a variety of homegrown seedlings, including the ” garlic tree” and the ” blood tree”””both native varieties endemic to the surrounding jungle.
We are excited to plant a tree before we leave, knowing that in a small way our legacy as guests at Lapa Rios will live on in the form of a growing, sustainable forest. This is not just a forest but also a protected home to the monkeys, birds, and other creatures we”™ve come to know and love during our stay here.
Lapa Rios forms part of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.