Rincón de la Vieja National Park is one of Costa Rica’s most popular places to visit. I was staying at Bombero Adventures Bed & Breakfast and since they organize trips to the National Park, I decided to go with them. On the Bombero Adventures tour I would have the opportunity to hike to a waterfall, jump off and swim in the river, which all sounded pretty appealing to me.
We started our morning with a hike which led us to a river. We had to walk over the rocks in the river in order to get to the waterfall. I was a little nervous that I would fall in, but then I saw some people navigating their way through the river and realized that it wasn’t deep at all, even if I did fall off. The tour operator walked to the other side and gave us a long pole he had brought with him for us to hold onto while crossing. I am not what you would exactly call athletic, so I was taking my time while others were hopping around like frogs and even climbing up on top of boulders. I was not trying to be daring since I tend to be a little accident prone. I was good doing what I was doing, which was remaining in one piece!
After we crossed, we had to climb up a staircase and there it was, the waterfall in all it’s beauty. It was a little higher than I thought it would be. I was staring at the waterfall, taking it all in when suddenly I see the tour guide jumped off! One by one the other people on the tour also jumped off, I now had to decided whether I was going to be daring and jump off or take the second option, which was to just swim around. It seemed a bit of a waste to me to go all this way and not do it (even though I was nervous) so I started climbing up and got as high, as I could, right next to the waterfall and dived off. I have to say that it was a massive adrenaline rush and something that I have never done before, so I was certainly happy that I had made the decision to jump off. It was incredibly relaxing after the jump, swimming around and floating in the river, especially as I had the feeling of self satisfaction after facing a fear and jumping in.
Afterwards, we had to hike back the same way we came. I managed to jump rock to rock fine without falling or hurting myself on the way to the waterfall, so I wasn’t too concerned on the way back. I guess I shouldn’t have been so confident, as I completely missed my footing and slipped off the side of one of the rocks and fell into the river. A couple of people on my tour were there to help lift me back up and even managed to get a candid photo of part of my fall. I was surprised that they were able to take such a good photo as they were hysterically laughing at my misfortune. I felt fine but my knee was a little shaky, so I had a hard time jumping to the rocks after. I eventually gave up and figured, I’m wet anyway, might as well walk through the river like some of the others are doing. The rest of the hike was a breeze in comparison.
Everyone was starving after the hike, so we stopped in at a restaurant in Liberia called La Choza De Laurel. The food here was cheap and absolutely delicious. I ordered a typical Costa Rican dish of chicken, plantain, hash, vegetables, salad, eggs, rice and beans. I didn’t realize how huge it was going to be, otherwise I would have shared with someone. After I had finished the mammoth feast, the waitress suddenly brought out two pineapples that were filled with ice cream and bananas. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it was. Easy to say, the group devoured both of them. It was a perfect end to a great day!
Thank you to Bombero Adventures for providing my stay. All opinions are, as always, my own.