Welcome to the Jungle



Location: San Jose, Costa Rica

This year my Christmas looked a little bit different- ok, a lot different. My mom and her partner have been living in central Costa Rica for the last few months studying at a Spanish immersion school. How cool, right? Their time in Central America coincided with the Christmas holiday and so a trip was arranged for me to spend it with them. Needless to say, by the time late December rolled around I was ready to escape the tundra and get my vacation on. 



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I flew into San Jose (the capital of Costa Rica) and immediately had to change out of my sweatshirt and jeans as I was already drenched in sweat. To give a little perspective, when I left Minneapolis that morning, it was about 9 degrees F. San Jose was at least 80 degrees. The house that my family is staying at is about 2.5 hours away from San Jose and so before making the long, winding trip back we headed north to La Paz Waterfall Gardens. To say that it is beautiful there is an understatement. Be warned, it takes a while to get there from San Jose (traffic is terrible and you can’t go much faster than 30 mph on the winding two-laned roads) but it is worth it. As we climbed in elevation, the clouds engulfed the surrounding countryside and glimpses of dense rainforest would be illuminated unexpectedly.

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La Paz waterfall is one of several waterfalls on the property and is completely breathtaking.The property also featured a small zoo and gardens. The waterfall reminded me of the famous scene in the Sherlock Holmes short story, The Final Problem, where John Watson describes the sheer beauty and power of the Reichenbach Falls (literature nerd, I know). There were no other parallels to that short story that day I’m happy to report.

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If you ever find yourself in central Costa Rica I would highly recommend La Paz. It isn’t far from the city, but you really do feel completely removed from the city and totally immersed in the jungle. I will be sharing more of my holiday in Costa Rica in the coming days- including a trip to the Pacific coast and my first ever surfing lesson!

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  • So gorgeous!I visited Costa Rica in high school and would love to go back again, it’s such an amazing country with so much to see and do!

    • Whitney,

      It is SO beautiful there. You definitely should go back again!

  • I absolutely love Costa Rica! The variety of things to see there is amazing. We drove through the country a while back ago and it was one of the best trips ever.
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  • Different can be good. It looks like your new year was absolutely gorgeous. :]

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    • Thanks Carmen! I hope you had a beautiful New Year as well!

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    outstanding style. “Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.” by Daniel Defoe.

  • How fun! Costa Rica looks amazing!!!
    xoxo, Vanessa

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