We left our house at 7:15am and grabbed at 10:30am direct flight into San Jose, Costa Rica. We landed at 1:00pm local time (which is on Mountain time). We rented a 4x4 (a must in Costa Rica) and grabbed some maps and headed out for our adventure....oh what an adventure it is DRIVING here.
First of all...they seem to have zero "rules" of the road. No yielding, or lanes, or abiding by traffic signals or signs etc. It's pretty much every man for himself. There are ZERO street signs. ZERO. Even the maps instead of telling you what road you're on tell you how to get places by taking a right at the supermercado, to veer left at the fork in the road go past the church etc....we navigated to our hotel through the mountains and jungles with these kinds of directions HA! This was a challenge for me. I am the navigator usually because I am not driving but also because I am very directionally oriented. I have never gone by something other than N,S,E,W and street signs. This was an adventure all alone, BUT we made it and the drive was breathtaking.
We stopped and ate along the way on the side of a the mountain at Ristaurante El Mirador. The view was incredible!
For the first 2 nights we are staying at the Peace lodge at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a small boutique hotel. There are only 18 rooms here and each one is amazing. The booking comes with a free in room massage, which we will be doing tomorrow! The hotel is not full this week so it literally feels like we are the only ones here. The staff is very personable and knows you by name. The customer service is amazing. I have never been one to get excited about a hotel since they are all usually just a room with a bed and nothing too interesting but OH MY. This place is incredible. I will let the pictures do the talking.
The bathroom! This is my favorite part. The jacuzzi tub in the middle has waterfalls behind it and ambiance lighting.
This is the "outdoor" shower in the bathroom
This is the indoor shower in the bathroom
Jacuzzi tub on the balcony
Hammock on the balcony
This is a view from our balcony overlooking La Paz Waterfall Gardens
The hotel hot tub and hot pools
Our room is the top level
We have access to the entire La Paz Waterfall Gardens (most people have to pay to come see them) but since we are staying on the grounds we can see it all for free.
This is the Butterfly pavilion
We spent about 2 hours checking out the area. Lots of places to see waterfalls, caves, wildlife etc.
These next pictures were along our first hike we barely covered any ground because we ran out of daylight but tomorrow will be a full day!
They have monkeys, birds, big cats (jaguars, cougars etc) and frogs, butterflies and other things you can see along the grounds
I am so excited to see what tomorrow brings. We have so much to see in the next day and half before we head up to the next hotel we are staying at which is at the Arenal Volcano.