The main goal for our 2013 trip to Costa Rica was relaxation. We rented a VRBO house in the middle of the jungle in Dominical and spent most of the week sipping mojitos by the infinity pool while the kids ran around and played. A resident toucan perched over the pool and capuchin monkeys swarmed through twice a day, shrieking and gobbling up fruit. We sat on the deck with our bird-identifying book and spotted 20-30 species without leaving the house. It was a wonderful trip and one of the most relaxing we’ve ever taken.
We ended up taking two small excursions during that week, and they were both lovely. The first one was a horseback ride up to Nauyaca Waterfall near Dominical. If you had asked me the week before whether I would ever let my 4 year old ride a horse on her own I would have looked at you like you were crazy, but when we got there the horses were so calm and the guide so confident she could handle it that I agreed to let her at least try it out. Claire did great and ended up having the time of her life, so I’m glad I gave in:)
It was an extremely hot and humid August day, but we rode in the shade for most of the leisurely climb up towards the waterfall. A quick stop for lunch at a little lodge introduced us to a resident scarlet macaw and aggressive peacock.
Finally, Jason and I and the exhausted kids reached Nauyaca falls. On the walking path, we narrowly escaped the diving wasps that hung out above the restroom area, and witnessed a tiny snake attempt to swallow a frog. The struggle for life ended with the snake giving up and slithering away from the stunned frog.
The waterfall was beautiful and the cool spray enjoyable after the hot ride up. Jason joined our guide in jumping off of the rocks into the roiling water below the falls.
At the end of the day we were all worn out, sweaty, exhausted, and happy:)