Excursion Day – There were so many amazing moments within this one day, I had to devote an entire post to it! We started our third day in Santa Teresa by zip-lining with Canopy Mal País Del Pacifico. These guys were hilarious and super friendly, even helping us with our Spanish – listos! The views we experienced were spectacular to say the least…flying past waterfalls 500ft above the rainforest floor wasn’t too shabby either. It was an amazing experience encouraging new friends and watching as they faced their fears to make the memory of a lifetime!
After our canopy adventure, we followed our hotel-mates to Cabuya (“Cuh-BOO-ya” – it’s just fun to say). The trek over the mountain was an experience in itself. Due to heavy tropical rainstorms, road erosion is almost guaranteed. Most locals and visitors get around on ATVs, dirt bikes or beat-up SUVs. You’ll often see families of four strategically piled onto a quad with dogs flopped over laps or sitting in boxes strapped to the front.
We stopped by the largest – and possibly the oldest – strangler fig tree in Costa Rica, as well as a few Jurassic Park filming locations, before having one seriously amazing smoothie break at a place called Panadería Cafetería. Post-smoothie heaven, we drove along the rainforest preserve to get to a beachfront area where we could walk to Isla De Cabuya during low tide. Isla De Cabuya is home to a beautiful cemetery and swarming with giant agave plants.
Not far from Isla De Cabuya was our final stop – Montezuma Falls. We hiked. We swam. We jumped! I’ll let the images speak for themselves…
Like I mentioned before, the roads can be unpredictable after the rain. Imagine how insane they are going through the rain? This is a memory I will NEVER forget. It was as thrilling as it was intense. After 30 minutes of praying, singing, laughing and mild freaking…we made it back to Casa Marbella soaking wet but totally happy!
There’s only one proper way to end a day like this and that is with a hilltop dinner equip with divine cuisine, a flirty French owner, and Mediterranean style lounge seating! Brisas del Mar is literally a stairway from the entrance to Casa Marbella, and lucky for us, opened for the season the week we arrived. Dave, Katrina, Ben, and I shared a bottle of wine, falafel, and spring roll appetizers, tuna steak, pad tai and desert! Brisas del Mar is its own reason for returning to Santa Teresa! Ben’s endorsement –> “This is the best tuna steak I’ve had in my entire life!”
This entire day was a treat we weren’t likely to have experienced if it weren’t for the great friends we made at the hotel. These regulars had already been on a guided tour of the area and willingly invited us to relive their experiences – what a blessing! Our fearless leader and his wife, Mike and Aimee, own Urban Kai in Tampa, Florida – be sure to check out their shop if you’re ever looking for adventure in Tampa!