Eco-Lodges in the South Pacific

The South Pacific Zone is Costa Rica's last frontier, with a wealth of protected biodiversity. It's also the cradle of the country's ecotourism, including some of the world's best eco-lodges.

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, Drake Bay. This jungle lodge, bordering Corcovado National Park, gets top eco-marks for its energy-saving solar and microhydroelectric systems, and its recycling and waste-management leadership in the area. The lodge financed the building of a recycling center in Sierpe, and all the area's glass and aluminum is now recycled. The owner is a founding member of the conservationist Corcovado Foundation.

Lapa Ríos, Cabo Matapalo. The premier eco-lodge in Costa Rica, Lapa Ríos protects 1,000 acres of forest in its private preserve edging Corcovado National Park. The lodge provides direct employment to more than 45 area families. Lapa Ríos was the first area lodge to offer a free sustainability tour, highlighting innovative eco-friendly practices.

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, Golfito. From its initial construction to its daily operations, this Golfo Dulce lodge, accessible only by boat, has been committed to sustainability. Solar power, an organic septic system, composting, and a chemical-free garden attest to the owners' eco-credentials.

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