After a couple of days chilling, it's time to head south for the final stop on the adventure – Lapa Rios – another National Geographic lodge, set in its own private nature reserve fringed by beaches with rich marine life.
Long before sustainable tourism became fashionable, the owners set this up as a project to protect the endangered surroundings, and to benefit the development of the local community. When you see it, it’s easy to see why it’s won so many awards for its work too.
What a beautiful spot – heaven for wildlife-watchers! Just 16 bungalows, all built on natural ridges in the rainforest with incredible views: ocean below, howler monkeys to my left, beautiful toucans flying overhead. There's even wild pigs crossing my path on the way to the main lodge!