One of the attractions that you have to see when you visit Costa Rica is La Fortuna Waterfall (Catarata Fortuna in Spanish). It is located in Alajuela province and it is an impressive act of nature with 200 feet/ 70 m of total height. If you don’t mind its chilling water, you can dive in the pool below the fall. We forgot our swimsuits but I don’t think we would plunge in with Chloe-Sofia at this age. It had to be really refreshing though as everyone who came out was telling us to jump in.
If you have a toddler, I recommend taking a carrier with you. You’ll climb down many stairs to reach the waterfall so you’d better forget about taking stroller. The hike is steep and going back is physically challenging. I found it quite hard but luckily Chloe-Sofia enjoys being carried. The only thing that bothered her was the heat. Once we undressed her and put her in only in her diaper, she started to have fun.
I brought with us a travel size sunscreen to cover her hands and legs that were sticking out. She does not like wearing a hat but as you hike in the forest, we were covered by the trees. When we were somewhere more exposed, like on the beach, I wore a large brim straw hat to keep her covered. Even if Alex thinks that I am too serious about it, it is better to be safe than sorry. Not to mention that he burnt his back on the beach, not me or Chloe-Sofia.
Besides bringing proper hiking clothes and swimsuit, I would recommend not to look around much. The forest is full of snakes and other creatures that I prefer not to see. I am true Ophidiophobic – I can’t even see a picture of snake without feeling sick. Meeting a real snake is definitely not on my bucket list. Do you have some animal phobia as well?
I am carrying Chloe-Sofia in BabyBjorn.
Photos by Alex.