One mis-step and you are a part of the forest!
Trip Start Aug 26, 2007
40Trip End Jan 05, 2008
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After the strawberry/coffee liquor stop, we drove between the cordillera mountains, left the province of Alajuela and entered the province of Heredia. The La Paz Waterfall and Gardens awaited us and what an unbelievable experience that was. The first element of folklore was that we were given a walking stick for our hike. We laughed at first, but it actually came in handy later on. The grounds were just beautiful - truly forest/jungle motif.
The sites to see were many and nature was all around us. We started with a beautifully colorful bird aviary, had fun with a freakishly-human like monkey, quickly passed by the snakes (no reason to dilly-dally there!) and Carolina, aka Mariposa, was in Butterfly heaven. She has loved butterflies her whole life and this part of the trip was such a treat for her. My favorite park resident was the monkey. I could have watched him for hours!
Descending the stairs was hard for Caro, because of her fear of heights, ascending the stairs was hard for me, because of my fear of exercise!! Both Francisco and Hank were looking out for her and helped her through the most difficult portions. I was so proud of her, that it inspired me to conquer my own fears, especially those of open doors and windows (more on those bizarre details later!!)
The La Paz waterfalls were as beautiful as you'd imagine they'd be. Check out the pictures and remember my caveat about pictures - these sites are better experienced in person! After taking as many pictures as Melvin, our guide, would allow, we boarded our bus, most of us exhausted from the hike. At least I'd like to believe most were as exhausted as I was!!
On the way back from the falls our bus stopped mid-way, because the road was blocked by Pisotes crossing. These furry creatures are the Costa Rican cousin of the raccoon. A few tourists were feeding them, which we were told is a no-no. I tried to send them the evil eye, but they were very involved in their wild-life experience.