Costa Rica Travel Tips – (Part 2)

View of Arenal Volcano from Nayara Resort

Welcome to Part 2 of my inspiring trip through the Rain Forests of Costa Rica.

We enjoyed a very relaxing stay at the beautiful Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens.  The hotel is a destination in its self – gorgeous gardens and numerous birds, kept us busy snapping photos and a spectacular view of Arenal Volcano from every veranda.  One morning, we spent a few hours on the veranda just listening to the sound of the rain and the sights in the rain forest – it was one of the most relaxing moments in my life.

We left La Fortuna and headed north to Tenorio Volcano National Park.  This park is home to the Celeste River waterfall and the beautiful blue waters created by various minerals from the volcanoes.  We hiked for several hours and enjoyed a picnic lunch at the water’s edge – pure heaven.   Our last night was spent at Celeste Mountain Lodge. Respecting the environment, the owners have created a unique and comfortable eco-lodge with many recycled materials. A nice way to end an amazing week.

Other valuable Tips:

  • While driving around Costa Rica, be sure to experience one of the many “sodas”.  This is a family owned restaurant, offering local dishes and a real local experience.  Prices are usually very moderate.
  • Pack plenty of sun screen, bug spray and a rain jacket.
  • Pack your camera and a big memory card and the battery charger or extra batteries.  You will find yourself taking lots of pictures.  Keep a zip lock bag handy to keep your camera dry during hikes to waterfalls or the general moisture in the rain forest.

Our week had come to an end and no one wanted to go home, but we all agreed, we would come back soon.  A special thank you to Swiss Travel for making our journey so special – opening our eyes to nature and showing us the beauty in the smallest things – Pura Vida! I think that Costa Rica has something for everyone from eco-tourists looking for adventure, to couples desiring a romantic beach getaway, to families seeking fun-filled days. It’s no wonder why so many people visit Costa Rica!

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