Trip Start Jan 30, 2010
9Trip End Jun 19, 2010
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The great news is a beautiful, quiet hotel, a visit to Baldi Hotsprings and some time spent at Eco Centro Danaus, a small farm turned nature reserve. We went to Baldi Hot Springs at night which was just beautiful. There was a light rain for part of the night and a thunderstorm in the distance so the sky kept turning this beautiful purple. The hot springs were a lot of fun with their trails and various pools. The coolest pool was one which had a small pool of cool water embedded within a larger considerably hotter pool
Eco Centro Danaus (http://www.ecocentrodanaus.com/danaus_ingles/about_us.html) was one of my favorite things about this trip and about my travels in Costa Rica. As long as you can perform mild walking in humid weather (it was definitely humid) this eco center is a great way to see a ton of nature in a short period of time. It had both a frog house (ranario) and a butterfly house (mariposario) along with a marked medicinal plant garden and a lagoon area. During our trip we saw a sloth, two caimans, four poisonous dart frogs, various butterflys, multiple species of birds, including hummingbirds, numerous interesting bugs and lots of beautiful tropical flowers. I felt that not only was this a good deal ($8 per person) but it was accessible and because it was the "green season" and there were less tourists we got a FREE tour which included help finding frogs and getting to taste a variety of the medicinal plants. I definitely recommend it.
Finally, our hotel was awesome! While the accommodations did not include air conditioning, just a ceiling fan (a drawback in the heat), they were very comfortable and the surroundings were beautiful. There was a beautiful tropical plant garden and a pool with a hammock outside of each room. Breakfast was a complete Costa Rican or American breakfast and delicious! Also, the service was very attentive and there was a nightime security guard, though it seemed unnecessary as we never felt unsafe despite being the only guests on our last night there. For folks looking to have complete tranquility and get away from the craziness of the city, I give it a thumbs up. NOTE: While it is an eco-lodge it only received two leaves on the ratign scale which I believe operates on a five leaf scale.
I really enjoyed the trip and it was a great getaway from school. Hope you enjoy the pictures below!