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Two-tiered elegance at Nauyaca Waterfalls

Costa Rica tours are filled with sights, yet many travels can leave a journeyer quite sweaty and tired. Travelers looking for a trek that will leave them feeling refreshed should head to the Nauyaca Waterfalls.

The falls are found in the jungles just beyond Dominical, a prime spot for surfers and hearty swim enthusiasts. A hearty destination in and of itself, travelers who have a bit of time to spare during their journey may want to set up camp in the area. With rainforest-covered mountains and miles of sandy shores to explore, the area is one of the best to see Costa Rica's majesty.

Getting to the falls is the best part of this journey. After parking their vehicles, most travelers choose to ride on horseback through the 50 acres of Costa Rican rainforest, where colorful birds, plants and lively animals pepper the trailsides. Travelers who prefer to stretch their legs in the terrain will be able to hike the area as well.

The trails terminate at the two falls, both equally as beautiful. At 164 feet and 72 feet, the waterfalls elegantly spray down tiered rock walls, whose edges are bathed in vegetation that is a deep green hue that could only occur in an area with such a constant water supply.

The waterfalls aren't the world's largest, but their cascades are among the most welcoming. Crystal-clear waters await guests who will assuredly be looking forward to a refreshing dip, so travelers should feel free to dive right in - there's no better way to enjoy the water.

Prior to or after visiting the falls, a popular spot to stop for a bite is Don Lulo's. Breakfast and lunch options here are in the traditional Tico fashion and provide travelers with a delicious meal that is true to the area's heritage.

For more water fun, guests can head back toward Dominical to visit Ballena Marine National Park. The coral reefs found here offer travelers the perfect chance to see the country's oceanic richness, so snorkeling and scuba diving is encouraged. However, travelers looking for calmer waters to swim in will also enjoy a visit, as the reef makes these waters very protected and good for swimming.

Guests who spend the day here will experience low tide at the park. During this time, a sandbar opens up, providing travelers with land access to a tiny island that is just waiting to be explored. 

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