Another view from home Costa Rica

There is a waterfall about 15 minutes from our house by foot. The walk there is through various trails and meadows, with some nice sights along the way. We finally took the opportunity to visit the waterfall last week for the first time, and loved it!

Me at the waterfall

Our gardner, José, led us there, and also brought along his wife and son (very sweet family). You have to kind of walk through a neighbor’s property to get to the falls, but they don’t mind (just watch out for cow pies). I asked José how he found out about this hidden gem, and he said he’s known about it his whole life. Yet, since the only way to get to it is through private property, it always completely deserted.

The trails to get there are a lot of fun. There are all sorts of winding paths you can take to explore the jungle, full of interesting plants and wildlife. One day, I even spotted a blue-crowned motmot! Unfortunately, I was only carrying my iPhone with me at the time, so couldn’t get a very good photo, but it was neat to see. The iridescent blue on his head was spectacular!

The waterfall is pretty tame this time of year, because it’s the dry season. There’s hardly even a river beneath, and you can walk all over where water usually sits during the rainy season. Emily and I had fun walking under the waterfall and getting a little wet. In the rainy season, we hear it’s a completely different scene, with the water coming down with such force it would push you right under the water. There will probably be a pool big enough to swim in, although the water might be a little cool.

It’s fun to have nature so close to home, so we’re planning on taking more frequent walks on the trails, exploring and soaking in all the surrounding beauties. Check out some more photos and a video below.

Brandon is a location independent entrepreneur, musician, worldschooling father, and the principal author of this blog. He's all about reaching his potential and enjoying life to the fullest in each moment.


  1. It is awesome to have those nature trails and waterfall so accessible and close by. I love it! I also love that you saw such a cool bird, and I hope I get to see one sometime too. I love that orchid photo. Those orchids smell so nice. :)

  2. Love the video and hearing about your trek to the waterfall. I’d sure have enjoyed seeing one of those beautiful mot-mots. You’re going to have to carry a camera with you everywhere :)

    I hope you visit the waterfall often – and take pics. It will be interesting to see how it looks in the different seasons.

    Keep the posts coming!

  3. Love the video, love the pictures. Emily looks SO much older in that picture of her by the waterfall… wow. That’s great you have a waterfall so close to your home.

    I agree with mom- keep taking pictures of the waterfall throughout the different seasons :)

  4. You have your own private paradise :o) . I too loved the pictures and the video. Keep um coming :o) everything looks so beautiful.
    I can’t help but notice that Emily is wearing a lot of pants, and long sleeve tops. That seems strange to me as when you were in the snow and cold she only wore a light knit dress ( I nearly froze just looking at her) . It’s hard to figure kids isn’t it? :o)
    love you all hugs and kisses

  5. That is awesome you have a waterfall in your backyard. What a dream. So beautiful.

  6. Cory MacNeil Says: March 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Wow, what an amazing adventure you are having with your family. I will be going back through some of your posts to see how it is you and your family came to this great adventure.

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