On a recent trip south, we stopped at La Paz, an amazing nature preserve. Because of the altitude of this rain forest, it was typically rainy and chilly. Nonetheless, it was a fascinating day! Raincoats and umbrellas kept us dry as we ventured on the outdoor stone paths while visiting the different enclosed areas. All manner of insects, birds, animals, and plants awaited us.
The aviary had many tropical birds, as well as a sloth that did his very best to ignore all the passersby. There was a butterfly house that gave a home to many species, including the Blue Morpho, the national butterfly of Costa Rica. There were also many educational exhibits, teaching about the life cycles of these beautiful creatures.
We saw huge snakes (enclosed thank God) and tiny red poison frogs, the size of a pinky nail. There were jaguars and other jungle cats. My favorite was an area bursting with orchids of white, purple, pink and yellow. Hummingbirds, colored vibrant blues and greens, satisfied their thirst at numerous feeders.
We stopped along the way for a delicious lunch in an outdoor covered area, which was included in the price of the ticket. After our break, we headed down, down, down winding stone steps and ramps to view the majestic waterfalls. I wasn’t sure on my way down, but it was definitely worth the trek!
Check out this link for some fun 360 degree photos of Le Paz!