The Great Dilemma of the Ecolodge Owner – Resolved Today!

In the late 1980s, John and Karen Lewis, two former Peace Corps volunteers from Minnesota, came to Costa Rica. What they had in mind was to purchase a parcel of endangered rainforest for conservation, build a school for the local community, and develop a high-end ecolodge to generate conservation funds, employment and offer an inspiring, […]

When is the best time to see Sunsets in the Tropics?

Most people visit Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama when it is cold up north from November through March.   The dry season in Central American happens around the same time as winter in North America and Europe. But if you are looking for the most amazing sunsets, you might want to visit in June, July or August.  Here are pictures that […]

“No matter how you cut it – a tree left standing is worth more”

This is the Mission Statement of Lapa Rios Lodge on the Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica.  A founding member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges. Twenty five years ago today, the lodge received their first guests.  All of those years, Lapa Rios lived its vision […]

Sustainable Hospitality: Local Management vs. Expat Managers?

What do you prefer? Being received by a European General Manager at an Eco Lodge in a remote destination or by a local manager that has worked his or her way through the ranks? General Managers, Corporate Staff and Operations Managers of Cayuga at a Training and Team building Session in early 2014 Last week, […]