This morning you transfer to the cloud forest in the Los Angeles Private Biological Reserve. En-route stop to visit Poas Volcano, with its perfect crater lake and the beautiful La Paz Waterfall Gardens.
The drive to the 9,000 foot peak of Poas Volcano National Park is a scenic journey through coffee plantations, strawberry fields and lush dairy farms. The unusual vegetation in the park is the result of high elevation weather and acidic gases emitted from the main volcanic crater. You can stand behind a fence and look into the crater to see the hot acid steam vents and gray green Crater Lake. In contrast to the constant activity in the main crater, a ½ mile trail walk through a gnarled dwarf forest will bring you to an overlook above the extinct crater lake, Lake Botos, which is surrounded by dense forest along the circular crater rim.
Stop en-route for lunch.
The elegant La Paz Waterfall Gardens, located in the mountains near Cinchona, is a beautiful facility with restaurants, flower, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, aviary, rescued animal zoo, serpentarium, live frog exhibit, orchid exhibit, all surrounded by cloud forests. Stroll leisurely along the well-maintained trails to view the numerous exhibits and gardens and the famous waterfalls of the pristine La Paz River.
Today concludes at a beautifully restored hacienda in the cloud forest and your private villa for 2 nights.
After dinner, explore the cloud forest at night. The cloud forest comes alive at night with the fragrance of nocturnal plants and flowers and with the symphony of insects and frogs. Search for elusive night birds such as nightjars and owls. (B,L,D)
ALTERNATE OPTION: Bosque Cloud Forest
This 3000-acre privately-owned Biological Reserve is a natural biological corridor connecting Poas Volcano National Park with Juan Castro Blanco National Park. The setting is very peaceful and relaxing with a stream and cloud forest as the background. The birdlife here is amazing! Look for HighlandTinaroo, Scaled Antpitta, Blue Seedeater, tanagers, guans, brush-finches, and hummingbirds too numerous to list. Other wildlife is also abundant here.
For orchid enthusiasts there is an orchid garden at the lodge. The owners have a collection of diverse species including showy and less conspicuous and large and small. They began salvaging and relocating orchids that had fallen so the collection represents what orchids are found in the area.
This is a great location for birding, wildlife photography and a peaceful mountain getaway.