Hotel at a Glance: Peace Lodge
Tucked deep within the dense cloud forests of La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park, Peace Lodge puts you right among Costa Rica’s rich natural beauty. The park has four waterfalls, a hummingbird garden, endangered poison dart frogs, and more than 4,000 species of butterflies. Constantly active with geothermal activity, the majestic Poas volcano is also less than a half-hour away.
Day-long adventure trips: Through the hotel, you can go bird watching, take a coffee plantation tour; enjoy zipline canopy rides, or go rafting on the Sarapiqui River
Guided tours of the surrounding rainforest: Arrange to see rare birds and howler monkeys at the resort’s strategically placed feeders
Tropical-themed guest rooms: All feature natural wood furnishings, gauze canopy beds, private Jacuzzis and stone fireplaces.
Four onsite restaurants: Fish for rainbow trout in Trout Lake, and nearby Big Trout Bar will prepare it for you for lunch or dinner; Colibries Restaurant specializes in tipico Costa Rican cuisine
Lounge in the outdoor jacuzzis: two hot tubs are located on the deck near Trout Lake
Alajuela, Costa Rica: City Center near Volcano and Nature Park
Though it’s second-largest city in Costa Rica, Alajuela is best known for its surrounding wilderness. Set in central Costa Rica, Alajuela is just a quick trip to La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park and Poas Volcano National Park. Poas features a 1,000 foot-deep crater, geothermal fumeroles that spout spouting with geothermal pressure, and the colorful quetzal birds, which were held sacred by the ancient Mayans.
Elaborate Baroque accents and a striking red dome characterize the Church of the Agony, which was built in the 1940s. It’s one of the key landmarks of Alajuela’s city center. Also worth a visit: the Juan Santamaria Museum, which has artifacts dedicated to the memory of Juan Santamaria, a beloved Costa Rican war hero. The museum occupies a building that was formerly the city’s army garrison and jail.
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