Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Villa Lapas

We spent the next three nights near the Pacific Coast of central Costa Rica at Villa Lapas. This eco-lodge is a cluster of cabins in the rain forest adjacent to Carara National Park. The forest here is the northernmost extension of the Pacific rainforest remaining in Costa Rica. The rooms are comfortable, despite the forest attempting to colonize the cabin roofs. The cabins were air-conditioned. Not that I am complaining, but air-conditioning caused our camera equipment to fog over for a half-hour as we emerged every morning. I am sitting on our porch waiting for my lenses to clear.
The grounds were gorgeous, and full of birdlife. A clear stream—at least until a night of torrential rains— runs through the grounds, and the hotel maintains a couple of small pools, ideal for searching for frogs and dragonflies. Dennis was disappointed that previous floods had taken out other pools. Overall, we felt that the hotel offered a good introduction to Costa Rican dragonflies and birds. The nearby National Park allowed us to venture deep into the jungle. Lapas, by the way, is a word for macaw. We saw Scarlet Macaws every day.

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