I lived in Costa Rica for 6 year and many friends have told me that they want to go but they don't know where to go, what to do, what to see and where to start. The most common question is: I'm in Costa Rica, now what? Here are a few places to begin with.
One of my favorite regions is the Osa Peninsula. This is where you will find a National Park known as one of the most biologically intense places on earth, a wonderful place called Corcovado National Park. I love taking tours in this park. One of my favorite hotels of the area is an eco lodge that offers bungalows and two rental houses called Bosque del Cabo Rain Forest Lodge.For more info, visit Costa Rica Travel.You will find it in right in the middle of Costa Rica's rain forest and super close to the beach. This for me is its best attribution. Take it from a mom with a 6 year old boy who had the time of his life running around! So dare to visit Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula and I promise you will have a great time.
La Paz Waterfall and Gardens
I know a place in Costa Rica, really close to San Jose where you can find the following: tropical rain forest flowing rivers with clear water, spectacular waterfalls exotic wildlife including colorful birds and butterflies all together
All you have to do is go for a short walk.
This place is called La Paz Waterfall Gardens and is a beautiful park located 1 hour from San Jose, very close to the Poas Volcano. This park has many well maintained trails that take you to the waterfalls. You can do this as a light hike or in horseback. Ins side the park you will also find one of the largest butterfly gardens in the country that hosts over 4,000 of them, an enclosed ranarium (frog pond), a reptile house, an orchid garden, and a hummingbird garden. The regular schedule of this park is from 8am to 5pm every day with a fee of $32 per person (the price may vary). As you can see the best thing of coming here is walking in the middle of the forest towards the waterfalls.
There are four of them and their names are: El Templo, Magia Blanca, Encantada, Escondida
Small and beautiful clear water pools can be found under the waterfalls and if you want to you can go for a swim. Another curiosity about this park is that they have made a reproduction of a rural farm from the 20th century. But not just the buildings resemble to the ones of those days. They even decided to use only materials and tools from that time for its construction. If you want to you can try the freshest milk you will ever drink. Authentic homemade corn tortillas will also be prepared for the guests if they want to try them. If you are interested, check out Costa Rica Travel.