For the final day of our Costa Rican adventure, we check out of our rainforest resort (Lapaz Waterfall Gardens), have an amazing breakfast at a local farm (Corso Lecheria), take a drive through the beautiful countryside, and return to the San Jose Airport for our flight home.
Today we decided to spend the entire day soaking up what the immediate area surrounding our rainforest resort had to offer, and save our driving adventures for the following day.
Itinerary for Day 2
Wake up around six and admire the bright, tropical skies.
Order a traditional Costa Rican breakfast consisting of Gallo Pinto (rice mixed with black beans), natilla (sour cream), eggs, fried plantain, tortilla and Mantequilla cheese (we saw this cheese paired with a lot of dishes and it’s pretty amazing).
Do a rainforest waterfall hike.
Dodge a mid-afternoon storm by grabbing some lunch we had a slighlty fancier than usual version of casados – a traditional Costa Rican dish consisting of rice, black beans, plantains, salad, a tortilla, often a protein as well (in our case, beef). It was very good, but we still had a visit to a local soda (small, family owned restaurants serving traditional dishes for super reasonable prices) where we could get the authentic experience of a Costa Rican meal with the locals.
Make friends with some monkeys, hummingbirds, butterflies, and cattle.
Get an amazing massage at our hotel.
Do a nighttime visit with some Costa Rican frogs and toads, including some poisonous frogs. Do a nighttime visit with some Costa Rican frogs and toads, including some poisonous frogs. Frogs shown: Tiger Frog, Red Eyed Tree Frog, Green and Black Poison Dart Frog, Poisonous Blue Jeans Frog.
Take an evening flight out of Baltimore, bound for Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (connection in ATL).
Arrive in San Jose the next morning around 11AM
Pick up our rental car.
Sharpen up our Central American driving skills by cruising through downtown San Jose
Drive about an hour north from San Jose towards LaPaz Waterfall Gardens and Peace Lodge Resort
Navigate through an afternoon rain forest downpour. This happened every day around 12:30PM. The following morning we would awaken to a perfect reset of bright sun and clear blue skies. We quickly learned to plan our outdoor activities between 6AM and Noon, followed by storm watching in the afternoons.
Arrive at the Peace Lodge hotel.
Lounge on the balcony and try to absorb the fact that we made it to Costa Rica.
Head out for a fancy Costa Rican dinner.
Get some much needed sleep and prepare for our upcoming day of rain forest exploration.
Stay tuned for Part 2 where we do a rainforest waterfall hike and see how Sara does face to face with poisonous frog (spoiler alert: they become best friends).