Llanos de Cortez Waterfall – Back in Costa Rica
Bagaces, Costa Rica
By my standards, my spring travels were slow this year. I had planned on spending a lot of time in the southwestern deserts of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, but cancelled multiple trips due to depressing weather moving through and then I unexpectedly ended up back in Boston for some extended family time. It wasn’t the spring I was hoping for, but at least throughout this whole time, I was able to look forward to heading back to Costa Rica for the second time. But just like the last time when I “went back to the same place,” friends and family wondered the same thing this time around – why would I go somewhere I’ve already been? Well this time around, the explanation is much simpler and can be summed up in eight words: The Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo.
But before living in luxury, we were dirt-baggin’ it for a few days…
After arriving late and spending the night Liberia, we quickly grabbed the rental car early the next morning to head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, high up in the Tilaran Mountain Range. First up, just 30-minutes south of Liberia and only about a mile off the Pan-American Highway (Rt 1) near the town of Bagaces, is the Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. The 40 foot (12 meter) falls are not only a rarity in Guanacaste since the area is much drier than much of the rest of the country, but they’re also considered one of the more beautiful falls in all of Costa Rica as they spill over the cliff-side into a tranquil pond lined by a white, sandy beach.
Despite it only being 10 o’clock in the morning, we grabbed a couple vacation beers (a beer that tastes amazing when you’re on vacation, but tastes crappy when you’re home), sat back against a log on the beach, and just enjoyed the falls… a pretty perfect introduction to Costa Rica for my girlfriend. At least until 30 people showed up minutes later.
On to the cloud forests…