A group from Central College in Pella, Iowa is visiting campus, and I tagged along with them on a hike with our resident naturalist Alex to the San Luis waterfall.
The San Luis waterfall is near the UGACR campus. Those venturing from campus will take a 15 minute walk to a local home to pay and then engage on an hour walk through lush greenery and over river crossings to the 330 ft. waterfall. The trail is a great place to spot and identify plants, insects, and birds.
Parts of the trail have been recently renovated after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit northern Costa Rica on September 5, 2012. The earthquake caused a landslide that wiped out part of the trail, and local people have been hard at work to make it safe for those passing through.
It’s definitely something to put on your list of activities for your visit. You are welcome to stand by on the surrounding rocks to take in the view or plunge into the cold water for a mid-hike swim. Just give yourself enough time to really take everything in. It’s absolutely beautiful and very tranquil.
Article and photos: Kristy L. Densmore, photojournalism intern