The Beautiful Waterfalls Here in Costa Rica. .
There's nothing like turning the corner while hiking in the jungle and coming face to face with one of Costa Rica's majestic waterfalls. .
With close to 30% of Costa Rica's land mass designated as "protected" by the government here, it is safe to say that hundreds of these treasured waterfalls will be here forever. And that is good news for the millions of visitors and for the 5 million citizens.
Costa Rica takes nature seriously. As you know, this country is one of the most biodiverse nations in the entire world. It is home to over 5% of the world's species of animals and plants. Laws have been created to protect all of this. Those of us who have discovered this beautiful country are very fortunate. We all have a lifetime ahead of us. . exploring, learning, enjoying and discovering. In this time of serious global problems, social complications and economic challenges, it is comforting to know that we all have Costa Rica as our getaway. . our oasis. . our place to turn to for recharging our mind, our body and our spirit.
From the Diamante waterfall (very close to Dominical in Southern Costa Rica), which has a drop of over 600 feet to the smallest that we all have witnessed coming off a local stream, waterfalls show us how strong the forces of nature are. There is nothing more wonderful than taking a swim in the pool that is created by a waterfall. Relaxing on a rock, legs dangling in the cool waters while, only 40 feet or so away, the waterfall creates rhythmic waves that massage your weary body. The sounds play like a symphony, combining nature with life itself. It's an experience that I wish that everyone could experience.
Someone said to me that there were over 3,000 waterfalls in Costa Rica. I don't know how they can be all be counted, but I imagine that this number is pretty close. We know that there are probably more waterfalls appearing in the rainy season than in the dry season. And we know that there are places in Costa Rica where humans have not even discovered yet. So who really know how many there are?
I have a friend who purchased over 100 acres in an area close to one of the major national parks in the northern area of Costa Rica. He has owned this property for over 10 years now. He has walked what he thought was all of it. However, one day last year, he called to tell me that he discovered a waterfall that he never knew existed. He said it was about 45 feet high and fed into a beautiful pool below about 75 feet wide. . crystal clear with areas to relax and even enjoy a lunch or a little nap! He now visits that special place on his property about once a week now with his wife and little boy and promised to take me to see it this coming May.
Some of the more popular waterfalls come to mind. If you've visited here before, you probably have heard of them or have seen them yourself. La Fortuna waterfall, by the Arenal Volcano. . Rio Celeste waterfall in Guanacaste. . La Paz Waterfall Gardens, up in the Northern Cloud Forest. . Bajos de Toro waterfall. . the Nauyaca waterfalls in the Southern Pacific Coastal area. . and so many more here for all of us to search out and enjoy. Visiting one makes for a wonderful day trip. If you want to explore further, there are so many hotels, resorts, B&B's, etc., that provide you and your family with a perfect place to call, "Home Base" while spending more time in the area.
How many areas of Costa Rica are still undiscovered? How much beauty has not been enjoyed and appreciated yet? This country has so much to offer and just knowing that much of the land is still virgin territory never seen by the human eye is exciting!
In 1836. a great poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, said this about a waterfall. . “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience”. Perhaps we can all learn from this. Becoming 'one' with nature allows us to slow down, even giving us an opportunity to lessen our long strides and rework and refresh our unorganized minds. . being in the presence of a waterfall and listening to its song certainly will act as a buffer between our personal rat race and Mother Nature's calm.
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Costa Rica is a magical place. Since November, 2002, when I first visited this country, I have been in love with the people, the culture, its biodiversity, the food. . everything about it makes me happy! Now I share my excitement with you!