At Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, numerous guided excursions are offered to get you out exploring the Osa Peninsula. Or you can opt to arrange for off-site added-cost activities like dolphin tours, surf lessons, mangrove kayak tours, horseback riding, zip lining and more. At Lapa Ríos, choose your favorites from the list below to custom-create your perfect Costa Rica adventures on the Osa Peninsula. Many travelers opt to extend their time here to take advantage of the many offerings; contact AdventureSmith for more information on trip extensions.
At sunrise or sunset, head out with a guide to look for some of the 319 bird species inhabiting the Osa Peninsula. For keen birders and animal lovers, this guided tour guarantees numerous species of birds, morpho butterflies and other mammals. Expect an easy-level walk, 2 hours.
Local Medicine Tour
Follow local guides through the rainforest as they explain traditional medicinal uses of plants and seeds – a great look into the indigenous culture and customs of Costa Rica. Expect a medium-level hike with hills, 3 hours.
Hike through virgin rainforest to pristine waterfalls along the Carbonera River. This excursion is for hardy hikers looking for a challenge (wet walking and some climbing involved); swimming under the waterfall is encouraged! Expect medium to difficult hiking, 3 hours.
Learn about the marine biology of the Golfo Dulce, one of only four tropical fjords in the world, as you tour pristine waters and coconut-shaded beaches, looking for land crabs, starfish and sea cucumbers. Expect an easy to medium walk on this tide-dependent tour, 2 hours.
Use your flashlight, and the help of a guide, to uncover unusual nocturnal creatures and their habitats. Look for bats, insects, kinkajous and other wonders of this hidden, nocturnal world. Expect a medium-level walk, some hills, 1.5-2 hours.
Plant a Tree
Contribute to the Lapa Rios reforestation program by transplanting a primary rainforest seedling to an area of secondary growth. Participants will learn about their tree, its role in the ecosystem and receive a certificate to commemorate their efforts. Gift certificates can be purchased on behalf of others and the trees can be planted in their honor. Planting usually takes place in the early morning or late afternoons when soil is cool. Expect to do easy tree-planting work, for 10-20 minutes.
The Carbonera School
Tour a local primary school built and sponsored by Lapa Rios Ecolodge. This is an excellent opportunity to share and learn with the local community and is highly recommended for children travelers. Expect an easy excursion, 1 hour.
Twigs, Pigs & Garbage
This highly recommended tour winds around the lodge grounds, giving firsthand witness to the lodge’s greener and more sustainable way of life. From renewable building materials to the biogas produced by onsite pigs, learn why Lapa Rios is an award-winning sustainable property. Expect an easy outing, 1.5 hours.
Rainforest Ridge Walk
Hike down along the cool ridges of Lapa Rios’ most impressive primary and secondary forest as your guide highlights the hidden treasures of the rainforest. An excellent opportunity to see rare and unusual flora and fauna, and a great hike to truly immerse yourself in the wonders of the rainforest. Expect a medium to difficult hike, 3-3.5 hours.
Hike along nearby beaches and secondary forest as your guide points out some of the most lively and active creatures of the rainforest. A great tour for wildlife lovers who also want to explore nearby beaches. Expect an easy walk, 2 hours.
The Osa Trail
This complete rainforest experience descends through the reserve’s most remote and pristine forest filled with enormous trees and breathtaking views. Expect a medium to difficult hike, some hills, 3.5-4 hours.