Best of Basecamps: Affordable Eco-Luxury in Central America

9.7.2010
by kelley

Do the words beach and jungle fill your travel fantasies? Does the idea of eco-friendly luxury make you smile? Throw in the fact that this can all be yours for an affordable price, and you can see why Central America has become the premier destination for eco-travelers. Costa Rica and Nicaragua have particularly outdone themselves in the sumptuous eco-lodge arena, so we’ve chosen to highlight two of our favorite Central American basecamps today for your reading (and travel-fantasizing) pleasure.

Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Oso Peninsula, Costa Rica

Lapa Rios EcolodgeRemote, secluded, pristine. These words describe the amazing, off-the-beaten path destination of Osa Peninsula (Corcovado), Costa Rica. Set in a private nature reserve of over 1,000 acres of lush tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Gulfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean.

Lapa Rios was built in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach and has won worldwide awards for social and environmental excellence along with Costa Rica’s highest sustainable tourism certification. No luxury was spared in their quest for eco-friendliness, however.

While enjoying your time in a private thatch bungalow overlooking the amazing ocean vistas, don’t forget to call in for room service from the gourmet international-cuisine restaurant. And of course you can get a massage, do some yoga, participate in a plethora of hiking and water sport activities, or just sip a tropical cocktail as you watch the monkeys stroll by from the comfort of your heavenly hammock.

Jicaro Island Lodge, Granada Isletas, Nicaragua

Jicaro Island EcolodgeThough the immense beauty of Nicaragua has remained a relative secret to all but a few intrepid surfers, it is destined to become one of the world’s premiere eco-tourism destinations for surfers and beach-loving adventure travelers alike.

Jicaro Island Ecolodge is Nicaragua´s most upscale nature resort located on a private island in Lake Nicaragua. The lodge is located just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada with spectacular views of the Mombacho Volcano across the lake.

Nine private casitas serve as the perfect setting for romantic escapes and wellness retreats. Immerse yourself in a magical island experience filled with peace, tranquility and access to a wide variety of activities ranging from hiking to zip-lining through volcanoes and bathing in hot springs to exploring colonial treasures.

Jicaro is the ideal location for people who want to reconnect with themselves and leave their hectic lives behind for a few days. Besides yoga sessions and a variety of massage and wellness treatments, a visitor to the island will be enticed by the fresh and healthy local cuisine, the warmth of the local staff and the authenticity of the overall experience.

Are you ready for a Central America adventure? Fill out a custom trip form online or give us a call: (866) 577-2462. Have more of an affinity for African adventures? Check out our recent post about an amazing eco-resort on Mafia Island, Tanzania.

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