Lapa Rios Ecolodge

Do you suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD)?

Nature deficit disorder refers to the phrase coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors resulting in a wide range of behavioral problems.

We came across this term in a meeting with the Editors of Afar Magazine in San Francisco.  Probably not a surprise that we had never heard about this term living and working in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  But we found out that it is a big topic in urban areas.  Here is the good news.  We can cure it!

Living and working in Costa Rica and Nicaragua where lush nature is all around us, we forget how privileged we are.  We live and work next to pristine beaches or close to lush forest areas and mountains.   Even from the capital city of San Jose it only takes only minutes to be in dense tropical forest, on the foot of a volcano or under a gushing waterfall.

So here are our Top Five Recommendations on how we can help you cure Nature Deficit Disorder:

Visit the Osa Peninsula on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica

Eco Resort in Costa Rica
The Osa Peninsula was described by National Geographic as the most biologically diverse place on earth.  The National Geographic Unique Lodge Lapa Rios is locataed on the southern tip of the Peninsula.


Engage on a Coasteering Adventure near Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica

Costa Hiiking, Costa Rica
Use Cayuga’s Arenas del Mar Resort as your base.  The hikes takes about 2 to 3 hours and does require good fitness levels. You will be walking on narrow trails in the forest and climb rocks next to the Ocean.


Visit the Nauyaca Waterfall near Uvita, Costa Rica

A guest at Kura Design Villas near these waterfalls told us recently that this was his “absolute favorite place in the world”.  We understand why.  Any form of Nature Deficit Disorder will get healed here.  Especially after swimming in the pools that form below the falls.


Take Surf lessons on the pristine beaches of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Connecting with the energy of the Pacific Ocean is a great way to connect with nature.  And when you stay at Latitude 10 Resort, where your provate shower is located outdoors under a rainforest canopy, you might even be in danger of a nature “overdose”.


Spend a few nights on a small secluded Island with Tree Houses in Lake Nicaragua

Jicaro Island Ecolodge is a truely natural experience in Lake Nicaragua.  Nine casitas are nestled into the island’s vegetation and the peace and tranquility of the surroundings have strong healing powers.

Ask us if the Cayuga Collection is right for you.  Side effects might include difficulty to get the constant smile of your face and the strong desire to continue living a healthy lifestyle even in an urban setting.

Imagine yourself standing under this gushing wild tropical waterfall.  Send us a note to find out how to make this happen.

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