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Costa Rica in August [Apr. 12th, 2007|05:28 pm]
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What would you say are the must sees/dos in Costa Rica? I'm planning on going for a week in August with a friend...both of us are females and my friend speaks a bit of Spanish. I understand it is a fairly small country, so is it fair to say one can see a lot in a week? I'm interested in adventure travel such as white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, surfing, scuba-diving, seeing the rainforest/volcanoes/lots of interesting animals. Is this too much for one week? If I had to leave one thing out, I would say the beaches (I live on a beach). What is the best mode of transport: bus, rental car, tour company? Suggestions on places to visit, sleep, things to eat? Any info would be helpful. Thanks!

[User Picture]From: terrencechan
2007-04-13 07:33 am (UTC)
Most people don't like the bus rides. The roads are really windy and the drivers are often not so good, which leads to the sensation of your stomach doing hoops around your ass (i.e. vicious nausea). However if you aren't a fairly talented driver yourself, driving is so not great either because it takes a particular type of skill or practice to deal with other Costa Rican drivers. I actually like to take the small prop planes to the locations which have airports (most of the beaches, Arenal, many others). Check out Nature Air and Sansa, the two biggest domestic airlines (both have websites).
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[User Picture]From: pitufina
2007-04-13 11:13 am (UTC)
I would pick one or two places and enjoy them rather than fit too much in. A weeks is actually a very short time because trasport isn't great.
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From: hannahmarie_86
2007-04-20 08:03 pm (UTC)
If you're not so experienced with Spanish and don't know a lot about the country, I'd suggest a tour company. I went a few years ago, and after taking a class specifically centered on Costa Rican history, culture, economy, ect. before my visit, I got a lot more out of having a tour guide explaining things as we went.

I went white water rafter, had the option to go scuba diving, horseback riding through the rain forest, hiking, visited Inbioparque and saw some animals, went to some natural hot spring near Arenal volcano which was AMAZING, and the highlight of the trip: "THE ZIPLINE. DO NOT MISS OUT ON THE ZIPLINE IF YOU WANT AN ADVENTURE TRIP."</>

I guess it depends on how structured you want your trip to be; since it's so difficult to travel in Costa Rica, you might not get everything done; definitely don't miss out on spending time in the rain forest. White water rafter, hiking, the canopy tour, kyaking (I'm sure), all of these things can be done in the rain forest, right around the Arenal volcano region (don't quote me on that, it's been a few years). I would personally spend a lot of time in/around Monteverde.

Another cool thing to see 9(though it's kinda smelly) is the Poas volcano crater.
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From: hannahmarie_86
2007-04-20 08:03 pm (UTC)
whoaaa, crazy html, sorry
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