Fun, but cramped plane ride. I should have taken the aisle seat, but I would have missed some good shots..
When we landed we were met by the staff of Lapa Rios, which is a generator-powered eco-nature-wilderness-lodge 40 miles from no where in the middle of the rain forest. After a quick wifi sign-off and a young coconut welcome drink, we were ushered to the back of a 4x4 for a bumpy ride to the lodge.
Our Cabin (#4) was incredible. Perched about 800 feet overlooking the pacific ocean. We had our own private sun-filled deck with a hammock for relaxing. No glass on the windows -- just a rough mesh to keep out the large insects at night. And thankfully no air conditioning.
This was the view of our deck
We signed up for a night hike, settled in the room, had a delicious lunch (tres gallos for me), took a quick dip in the pool (salt water), then a hike to check out the beach. En route we spotted some spider monkeys in the trees. Beach was nice, but a little rocky. Soon it was off to the night hike, which was fantastic. Our naturalist guide, Danilo, was a botanist with 22 years experience in the rain forest. We saw a vine snake, a giant toad, bullfrogs, scorpions, geckos, fresh water shrimp, iguana, giant spiders and even larger cockroaches.
Another delicious meal at the lodge with two glasses very chilled Merlot -- I thought that was amusing, but it was 80 deg at 9:45 at night, so it was perfect. The sound of the jungle was all around and the crash of the surf added to the soundtrack. I remember thinking to myself that I didn't want to sleep so as to soak up every drop, but I couldn't wait to fall asleep to the sound of nature. I heard no machines. Danielle said that Lapa Rios, "under promises and over delivers" and I think that's pretty accurate.