Hola Everyone! I am so happy Spring is finally here. Yesterday I drove up North to the Georgian bay area and took a lovey walk by the lake. I highly recommend finding the time to go outside and be in contact with nature. As it is so healing and up-lifting. Welcome to another blog post on my website! Earlier this year the Canadian team of my Toronto based property development firm; KMD Group, got to visit the team at my Costa Rican Architecture firm; KMA Design Group Inc in San Jose! I am happy to share some of the amazing images of my beloved country! We traveled to Costa Rica in February and the weather in San Jose was just perfect for the duration of our stay. Our photographer Karimah ended up taking so many unique photos. They truly represent our flora and fauna and so I decided to share them with all of you (to inspire those who are planning to visit in the future). For this blog post I had organized a trip for Karimah and Philip to go and visit the Waterfalls. Some of my Costa Rican team accompanied them and this blog post is of their visit to the La Paz Waterfalls. I will leave you now with Karimah who will recap her and Phillip’s trip to the La Paz Waterfalls!
Hi Everyone! Karimah here (Landscape Designer and Photographer at KMD Group Canada)! I am excited to be featured on Katia’s blog this week and will be showcasing some highlights from our trip to the La Paz Waterfalls. Thank you so much to Katia for organizing this amazing opportunity, and to my Costa Rican colleagues for showing us a good time.
An Hola from everyone as we arrive to the La Paz Waterfalls.
It was raining like crazy when we first arrived but that did not stop us from taking photos
From Left to Right: Alex (A client of KMA Design), Diego (A senior architect at KMA Design), Philip (Executive Assistant at KMD Group Canada) , Esteban (Architect), and Esteban’s Girlfirend (Sophia).
First things first we had to have breakfast! It was a buffet and it was so delicious! There was variety of fresh fruit, parfaits, as well as a selection of delicious Costa Rican cuisine. I especially loved the Fresh Cheese and the unique omelettes.
A sign informing visitors about the origins of the animals in the Wildlife Refuge. A lot of them were recovered by officials after being held illegally as pets. Now they live in the refuge where they are well taken care of.
We had to get Philip a Poncho because of the rain. Here Esteban helps Phillip put on the Poncho Properly.
Ahh look at this beautiful bird!
It was my first time seeing a Toucan in person! they are so cool! Look at that colour and it’s amazing beak! So beautiful.
We had to take pics with the Toucan!
This picture of Diego is both hilarious and slightly scary at the same time lol
These wild ducks (Piches in Spanish) were adorable.
Can you guess what animal this is? No? It is a Sloth! Another animal I got to see for the first time!
Here is a little Perico.
This is an amazing butterfly sanctuary on site.
It was so cool as the butterflies just flew up to us and they were super cute!
These butterfly cocoons were spectacular. They were a variety of colours and quite beautiful.
The blue cocoons were stunning.
Such a cute Monkey!
The monkeys just wanted to say Hi!
The flora on site was spectacular.
We happened upon this traditional Costa Rican OX Cart. The colours and artistic work was so beautiful.
Next up. A sleeping Jaguar
A jungle cat known as A little Ocelot!
All types of magnificent greenery could be found on the site!
These plants were just so great. I was seriously considering taking some back home with me to Canada but of course I had to consider if it was worth the Jail time lol.
A hummingbrid. They were so fast!
After checking out the Flora. We had to check out some more fauna. This time the snakes! Boy Am I glad these things were behind glass cases because they sure were scary looking!
More fun photos of the group
Look at how beautiful this Frog is and how it just blends in with it’s surroundings!
Checking out the map so we can trek to the waterfalls!
We made it and the falls were just surreal! I honestly felt like I had gone to heaven! Here everyone poses for a photo in front of the falls.
Something out of this world!
Do you know what these plants are referred to in Costa Rica? They are known as the “Poor Man’s Umbrella” as people actually use them to shield themselves from rain!
Here is Philip posing with the plant!
“Guys! Jump up High!”
I love this image of the visitor to the falls just pondering and taking in the moment!
This brings me to the end of this blogpost! It was an amazing trip and to be in the Costa Rican rainforest was priceless. I hope you stay tuned for more upcoming blogposts on KMD Group Canada’s team visit to Costa Rica! Thank you once again to Katia for such a memorable experience! Costa Rica is such a beautiful country!
Closing Words from Katia:
Thank you Karimah for the amazing pictures. You really captured the essence of our beautiful country and the bond between our team members. Thank you all for reading this blog post. Until next time, love and light always!