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.