While researching things to do and places to stay in Costa Rica I discovered a hidden jewel nestled within a lush tropical rainforest, Condotel Las Cascadas. While on holiday, I typically try to cram too much into my travel itinerary; often, needing a vacation from my vacation. When I found Las Cascadas my inner voice told me to slow down and explore the area around Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. My inner voice has not always been right; however, this time I am glad I listened.
While planning my recent trip to Costa Rica I was searching for someplace I could use as a basecamp where I could rest after a long day backpacking through Manuel Antonio. Las Cascadas offered that and much, much more. Gary and Catalina were generous and gracious hosts who gave willingly of their time and offered advice on local activities. A scrumptious breakfast consisting of fresh fruits, juices, omelets, banana/coconut pancakes, and smoked salmon and bagels were served daily by the poolside or at another private setting of my choice.
Living in Alaska, I am surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife; however, I found my time spent hiking through Manuel Antonia to be awe-inspiring. Experiencing the lush vegetation, beautiful sandy beaches, white-faced and howler monkeys, two-toed and three-toed sloths, iguanas, and colorful birds was life changing. By the way, if you are wondering if it is worth the money to take a guided tour through the Park….I would just say, Definitely. The guides are professional experienced individuals who carry powerful telescopic lenses to aid in viewing wildlife. It is amazing how much more you will see with a guide then going it on your own.
Any guest who stays at Las Cascadas will agree that over the past two decades Gary and Catalina have poured their heart and soul into transforming their property into an amazing sanctuary. Shielded within a beautiful rainforest it appears that Las Cascadas has existed since the beginning of time. As a scientist, some may think I am often too detailed-oriented. Catalina and Gary’s attention to detail is exceptional and they have truly exceeded my expectations. Although, built in stages their vision has remained constant throughout the years. The property’s open design built on sloped terraces, use of windows to accentuate vistas, waterfall and painted murals in the pool area, a rock fountain in the Penthouse Suite, and use of woods and earth tones within each of the condos are only some of the examples of how Gary and Catalina have succeeded at bringing the outdoors indoors.
Gary and Catalina, thank you for opening your home to help provide me an experience of a lifetime.
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Many of our guests , take on a special place in our lives, Your short but significant stay here Jeff, proved to be one of those, Even when you made the reservation on the phone we seemed to click and your arrival here just confirmed that. I have no doubt in my mind we will be friends for a long time , and thanks for choosing our little hidaway above all the options out there.
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I know we will be seeing you sooner than later.
Gary & Catalina Rogers
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