Waterfalls and Cave Sleeping
Visiting the Diamante Waterfalls is an experience on its own but while there, you can sleep in a cave. These 26-meter twin waterfalls, similar to others in Costa Rica, sit on private land. For that reason, you can only visit them through a local guide. Keep in mind that reaching these waterfalls takes roughly three hours of traveling over slippery clay, loose stones, and stairs made out of dirt. Therefore, it is only recommended for people who are physically fit.
While making your way to the waterfalls, you will be educated on medicinal plants, enjoy a lunch consisting of bananas, sweet lemons, and other things grown naturally in the jungle, and even snack on termites. However, behind the waterfalls is an unexpected surprise, a cave that comes complete with elevated sleeping platforms, a kitchen, and bathrooms.
Finca Sanatoria Duran
While traveling to the Irazu Volcano, you might consider stopping by this pastoral location on the Cartago mountainside. Said to be the most haunted building in Costa Rica, many people mistakenly believe this to be a former farm when in reality, it was a hospital that treated patients with tuberculosis and mental health issues.
After the hospital closed in the 1960s, it remained abandoned until just recently. Today, you have the opportunity to walk the property and explore the buildings. However, legend has it that the hallways are covered with children’s handprints and that even on hot summer days, cold breezes suddenly come out of nowhere, so be prepared.