Leaping Into the Cool Pools of Volio Waterfall in BriBri, Costa Rica
If you have a spare morning or afternoon in Cahuita or Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, take your colones (local currency), a swimsuit, and your flip-flops to a taxi stand and ask to see the Volio Waterfall in the BriBri Reservation. After four river crossings and a short hike, you'll reach the irridescent 20-meter waterfall, which plummets into a shimmering pool perfect for cooling (and goofing) off. For the daring, a nearly vertical but mercifully short hike leads to another, smaller waterfall overhead, which features a seemingly bottomless green pool surrounded by amber, algaed boulders and untouched rainforest. This site, mostly frequented by locals, presents the opportunity to leap, flip, or dive three meters down from slippery cliffs into the pool's sparkling waters. It's almost too much fun to be (relatively) free.