Cataratas Nauyaca (Linda)

On Sunday we got up early to drive to Cataratas Nauyaca (the Nauyaca Waterfalls). There are two entry points for the falls, and we drove to the more remote one that is a longer drive (about 45 minutes), but a shorter hike in. I’m so glad we did, as it was a gorgeous drive, and it was also less crowded on our ‘side’ of the waterfall – the Nauyaca Waterfall Nature Park.

We started hiking by about 8am, and most of the hike was actually along a narrow, hilly dirt road that wound through farmland and eventually entered the rainforest.

We arrived first at the Upper Falls, and I think we were the first ones there. It was pretty spectacular.

Sierra and Cassidy at the Upper Falls

But the view from the Lower Falls was even better, as you could see both waterfalls, and there was a lovely deep green pool to swim in.

Cassidy looking at the Upper and Lower Falls (for scale, see the two people standing on the middle right?)

We were so hot the water felt amazing!

Sierra, me and Cassidy taking a plunge below the Lower Falls

The entire hike back was uphill, and the sun was definitely hotter than on the way down. We stopped about halfway up for a break at this spot.

We survived thanks to mentos, orange tic tacs, and playing the categories game. When we got back to the parking lot, we spent some time lounging at the lovely restaurant there and drinking jugos naturales. What a spot! If it had been a bit later we would have stayed for lunch.

From the restaurant you could see Diamante Falls on the opposite side of the canyon.

View of Diamante Falls

After the waterfall hike we drove to Parque Reptilandia, a pretty impressive place that has snakes, turtles, crocodiles, and a few frogs (I finally got to see a poison dart frog) — some native to Costa Rica, but many others that are not. They even had a Komodo Dragon! I’m not a big fan of snakes, but Cassidy took quite a few photos for her friend Elizabeth, who aspires to be a herpatologist. I can’t include them here or my mother would stop subscribing to this blog šŸ™‚

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