Hotel Villa Lapas is situated along the border between the Tropical and Dry
Pacific eco-systems. This unique situation allows our guests to benefit
twofold, allowing them to observe over 400 species of birds as well as
exotic animals, such as the poison dart frog, deer, jaguar, wild pigs,
bats, raccoons, anteaters, lizards and several types of monkeys (spider
monkey and congo) and other jungle creatures. All of this at a mere 90
minutes away (by road) from San José and the Juan Santamaría
Villa Lapas's private natural reserve limits with that of Carara Biological Reserve, one of the biggest protected areas in the Costa Rican Pacific featuring one of the few remaining populations of Scarlet Macaws in the country, and with the Tárcoles River, home of many crocodiles that can be easily seen from the river bridge, and a favorite birdwatching spot as well.