I was forced to break my no sock rule while at Lapa Rios Eco Lodge on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Although I sometimes think the guides are overly cautious, I understand that, especially on the night hike, they want their guests to wear the oh-so-trendy rubber boots which also require wearing socks with the boots. I get that there are snakes, tarantulas and other creatures crawling around that might decide my toes are food. But still, I can’t believe I had to put on a pair of socks after over 6 months of being sock-free! I would have been perfectly content in my open-toed Teva’s but that just wasn’t going to happen. I did have to laugh though when the guide asked me to go to my room to get socks for the boots. “Socks? I don’t have any socks with me!” The expression on his face was classic – he just couldn’t understand how I could travel without socks.
Another favorite tour was the Wild Waterfalls. I had already been on this tour in 2009 and as we approached the first waterfall, I actually thought the tour had changed and we were someplace different. There was a drastic change in the amount of water between the May and November tours. So much so that I didn’t recognize it! We crossed lots of rivers (and yes, I did so in my open-toed Teva’s against the Guide’s recommendations) which was refreshing but not always easy. The water was moving fast and there was lots of it, along with a lot of small and large rocks. It’s a miracle that the only thing that broke on the Tour was one of my backpack straps!
And I finally got to go on the Starfish tour. The last two visits it wasn’t possible as it’s only available for about 3 days out of the month, when the tide is at its lowest in the morning. Not only did we see lots of starfish, we also saw an octopus, several sea cucumbers, leeches (all I could think about was the movie Stand by Me and getting as far away as possible from them), little fish and a few lobsters.
It’s just amazing how much wildlife and sealife one can see during a few days at Lapa Rios. When the guests would ask me where was the best place to see wildlife, I’d tell them…”Anywhere. Just stay in one place for an hour and you’ll have at least 8 different types of wildlife pass by you”. All the credit goes to the Lapa Rios team and owners for creating an Ecolodge that is harmony with the environment. Their mission statement says it all: “No matter how you cut it, a rainforest left standing is worth more.”
Note: While I am now paid and/or receive comped services at many of the places I visit, I will always offer my unbiased opinion to you, my readers. Fortunately, I almost always have experiences that exceed my expectations.