Welcome to Las Cascadas!
Come feel the rush of the tallest waterfall in Central America, nestled in a mountainous valley in one of the most stunning places in Costa Rica. The flow of the water fills you with peace and tranquility and you feel renewed while gazing with appreciation for the immensity of this unspoiled paradise. Now imagine touring the jungle canopies on an epicurean expedition, getting to taste every type of tropical fruit known to humankind. You step out on your porch, hear the howler monkeys howl, see the butterflies flying wildly, feel the sun rays on your face and smell the fresh scent of Mother Earth. You walk out your door and enter a trail that is surrounded by lush vegetation, majestic hills and bustling wildlife. You hear nature calling you. This magical experience can be yours. Come visit Las Cascadas eco-village preserve where this dream will become a reality.
We are in the midst of creating an amazing eco-project that will allow you to connect with nature in a new way. The project is intended to support anything that’s good for the human spirit and soul. Las Cascadas is dedicated to creating a more sustainable, healthier and better tomorrow. The project will be home to a beautiful nature preserve, one of the Earth’s largest and most diverse tropical food forests, a world class botanical garden, recreational activities, a retreat center, various lodging options, educational opportunities, a village with environmentally friendly shops, galleries, boutiques and eateries and much more. We also have a raw-vegan intentional community for those of you interested in making Las Cascadas your home.
When you enter Las Cascadas, you feel an instant connection to nature. Everything is alive and vibrant and calls to your soul. Our eco-project’s mission is to help you realize that you’re an integral part of the natural system of life, not just a casual observer. This permaculture project brings you close to the earth, so you can feel it, smell it, taste it, hear it, see it and experience it. At Las Cascadas you will interact with the land, connect with nature and enjoy yourself in the process. You’ll learn how simple it is to live in harmony with nature while living as gently as possible on the land.
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Las Cascadas has emerged from a vision to create a healthier, simpler and more heart centered life for the planet and ourselves. We strive for a life that nourishes our bodies and spirits and gives back to nature while sharing its resources with all species. At Las Cascadas, we’re creating a world that we actually want to live in, one that’s motivated by love and by taking care of ourselves, others and the planet. Our eco-village preserve is a truly sustainable project, which provides a place where everyone and every other species can actually thrive. We’re providing you with a natural haven where you will have an array of natural food choices, accomodations, recreational activities and learning possibilities to make your time here extra special.
Mother Earth is suffering. It’s evident that what we’re doing now to the planet isn’t working, so we’ve decided that we need to approach this from a different direction. We’re losing up to 200 species a day and we’re in the midst of the planet’s sixth mass extinction. If things continue at this rate, there are predictions that there won’t be any wildlife left in 40 years. Las Cascadas emerged from a feeling of love and respect for nature and the desire to leave the environment in a better condition than we found it. We are confident that anyone who pays us a visit will leave feeling empowered to take responsibility for the health of our planet.
Our eco-project is multifaceted and there are activities, accomodations and learning opportunities for every type of traveller. We offer various travel-pack options so that you can stay at Las Cascadas for as long as you'd like. We’re situated in a beautiful location in the mountains, about 20 kilometers from the coast so it’s easy to make beach day-trips.
A majority of the land acquired for this project was primarily used for animal agriculture, something that is completely unsustainable and results in significant environmental degradation. We want to protect the valley from further misuse. By repurposing this land into botanical gardens, biodiverse food forests, a sustainable eco-community and nature preserve, the carbon footprint of this area will be drastically improved. This in turn results in massive improvements in wildlife habitat, the reintroduction of native food-bearing plants and many more beautiful landscapes for people to enjoy, respect and feel compelled to protect. Forests support countless species, including our own; we need them to live.
Our multifold project will consist of various aspects and our resources will grow as the community grows. Although our project is still in the planning stages, we invite you to step with us for a moment into the future, as we describe how we envision each sector of the project.
You step foot into the nature preserve and your senses come alive. You are suddenly absorbed with the sounds of the tropical forest. In every direction you look, you see immense beauty and you feel abundance. In the distance you see rolling green mountains covered with trees and plants, giant birds of prey soaring effortlessly over the valley and waterfalls dropping into giant pools below. You feel reconnected, a healing sensation rushes through your body, you take a deep breath and continue on the trail down to the valley floor to cool off in one of the swimming holes.
Our nature preserve is an eco-tourism destination for all types of travellers. There are countless opportunities for wildlife viewing in their natural habitat. You’ll find howler monkeys, beautiful birds, colorful butterflies, interesting insects, giant trees and lush flora. The preserve currently comprises nearly 2,000 acres (800 hectares), several mountain peaks with elevations as high as 750 meters (2,500 feet), a densely forested valley full of tropical plants, stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Nicoya Peninsula and as many as 16 waterfalls (including the tallest in Central America). The preserve is home to an estimated 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) of well-maintained hiking trails with various access points, ramps for wheelchair access and walkways with handrails to get to the waterfalls. There are restrooms and refreshment stands as well.
Our preserve protects and conserves wild native flora and fauna and geological features that play a part in our ecosystem and Earth’s biodiversity. With this project, we intend to preserve the entire valley, which consists of 8.5 kilometers (5.3 miles) and around 3,500 hectares (9,000 acres) of lush forest, as well as pasture which we will re-forest. Before purchasing the lots, most of the land was clear cut for pasture so the old-growth primary forest had disappeared. Since this land is now being preserved, we’re allowing nature to take its natural course so that the forest can grow again.
Imagine a place with hundreds of varieties of mangos, avocados, bananas, papayas, pineapples, and many more species of fruit. Welcome to our organic fruit forest where you can come and visit one of the largest collections of tropical fruit varieties on the planet. Here at Las Cascadas, we love and celebrate fruit! Come and taste the delicious fruits that are in season, participate in an immersion program to learn about permaculture, green building or organic farming, or just take a tour of the grounds to learn more about fruit trees.
The fruit forest is above the head of the valley on 125 acres (50 hectares) of land. It provides us with the optimal food for our bodies, a reliable and sustainable food source that provides food self-sufficiency and food security, and a way to connect with the growing process and our food source. By permaculture techniques we make sure not to harm the environment. Planting fruit trees has many beneficial environmental benefits, from cleaner air and green jobs to reduced CO2 emissions and energy costs.
While you’re here, come visit The Village at Las Cascadas. The Village has something for every taste, all organic and raw vegan. You’ll find restaurants, a juice bar, smoothie stands, a chocolate shop, a raw vegan ice cream parlor and artisan markets. There are galleries, small shops and a section for local artisans to sell their art. You’ll find fountains, benches and beautiful landscaping so you can take a stroll around or just relax. Here you’ll also find a visitor center to help you with anything you may need and tour operators where you can book a variety of different activities and reserve accommodations.
If you have an eco-friendly, conscious business and are interested in having a presence in The Village, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Las Cascadas offers one of the widest ranges of recreational opportunities in Costa Rica. In addition to a plethora of hiking trails, visitors and residents can ride mountain bikes through tropical forests, ride a BMX bike, and spend lazy days bathing in the natural swimming pools. We plan on building the largest mountain bike park in Central America, with exciting trails, water holes nearby to cool-off and shuttles to bring riders to the trailheads. We have special trails along the valley floor for our electric quads. Visitors and residents have access to rock climbing, repelling and bouldering on the valley cliffs close to the falls and climbing and bouldering walls for beginners and practice. There’s a state of the art skate park with awesome views and some very cool natural obstacles for all kinds of tricks. We also have a high adventure park, ropes course and a canopy tour with over 450 meters of vertical drop from the top of the botanical gardens to the bottom of the waterfalls. If you have a passion for a particular recreational activity and would like to bring that to the community, please let us know!
While you’re here, don’t miss our world-class botanical garden, sitting about 400 feet above the falls on 17 acres of gently rolling land. Come let the butterflies be your guides as you take a serene walk through the quaint, pebbled paths, surrounded by an array of tropical plant species and beautiful flora and fauna from all over the world. There are water fountains and benches so that you can stay and relax for a while, enjoying the beauty and presence of Mother Nature. It’s a perfect spot for bird, insect and butterfly watching as it attracts many diverse species.
From the garden, looking through the mountain peaks, you have spectacular views of the ocean and Nicoya Peninsula in three directions. Sitting in the middle of the garden you will find a state of the art boutique hotel, with second floor rooms that provide you with excellent views of the gardens, the mountain range, the surrounding valley and the ocean. Have an amazing raw vegan lunch at the restaurant in the garden. We also offer the possibility of getting married underneath an arch of flowers and vines in the heart of the garden.
Education is a big part of our mission. We want to help teach the world how we can live in harmony with the planet, in ways that are not harmful. We offer numerous opportunities such as a permaculture school, a massage school, a school for doulas, yoga teacher training, a green-building school and a raw vegan culinary institute. We can teach you how to build your own house that doesn’t damage the environment, how to generate power for yourself, how to process the grey and black water from your home and how to use land in ways that are regenerative rather than destructive. We also offer spaces for lectures with open lawns for outdoor teaching options. Of course, we are open to many more ideas so if you have any, please share them with us! To learn more about what we are offering now, contact email@example.com