While you may not naturally associate pig feces with "clean" energy, the Lapa Rios Eco-Lodge in Costa Rica manages to makes pig poo power seem smart and super sustainable with their environmentally friendly resort. Initially established by John and Karen Lewis as nature reserve, the Lapa Rios Ecolodge utilizes green construction, helps protect local wildlife, supports a local elementary school, uses solar power for electricity, recycles all of its own waste, and powers its kitchen entirely through pig power. But less you think this sounds like some tie-dyed hippie commune, take a look at the photos—the lodge is as beautiful and relaxing as any five-star hotel, and probably a lot more enjoyable to anyone with a sense of adventure or imagination.
Hammocks can be strung just about everywhere for a relaxing swing in the sunshine.
Each bungalow is outfitted with romantic curtains around the bed, and open-air views of the jungle and ocean.
Elevated walkways connect the bungalows with the main buildings.
Imagine having breakfast in this beautiful little nook?
A perfect breakfast nook for two on one of the bungalow balconies.
The airy dining hall is bathed in natural light.
The winding stairway is a focal point of the dining hall.
A local waterfall nearby just happens to have waterside table service in case people are in need of refreshment after a hike.
A stunning pool is available if visitors prefer not to swim in the ocean.
Family meals outdoors have never been so beautiful.
Countless bird and animal species can be seen around the resort, including colourful macaws like this friendly pair.
Compost created from the resort's kitchen waste is used to grow organic vegetables and herbs in their gardens.
The Lapa Rios resort as seen from above.