A small country in Central America between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica has captivated us with its charm and authenticity. It has a special flavor for us because it was one of our first trips, the one that gave us the taste of adventure.
The weather in Costa Rica canchange really quickly, it will take you from humid jungles to arid forests in just a few kilometers.
Today we take you to the land of monkeys, toucans, jungle and pura vida, bring your hiking shoes!
D1 to 2 | From San José to La Fortuna Waterfall
We landed in San José, capital of Costa Rica.
After a quick tour of the capital, we pick up our car and start our journey. In Costa Rica, roads are often very rough, a 4 × 4 is strongly recommended!
We head north to La Fortuna Waterfall, a 70 meter high waterfall where you can swim.
Count 2h30 to travel 120 km from San José. A short walk of 3km will guide you to the waterfall.
We then spend the night at the Arenal Lodge hotel, not very cheap, but Costa Rica is expensive compared to other Central American countries. However, rooms with view on the volcano are amazing (when the sky is clear)!
D3 to 4 | Volcan Arenal
We start the day by admiring the volcano from the hotel, before starting the hike on the volcano, the Cerro Chato Trail.
This hike is located inside the Arenal Park ($ 10), it is a challenging 8km hike. Count around 4h round trip, the climb to the crater is the hardest part!
D5 | Monteverde
If the weather is nice you can make a detour to the Tenorio Volcano to admire the waterfall with turquoise blue waters. We unfortunately did not have this chance, because of heavy rain, the water of the waterfall had become completely brown ...
We continue our journey towards the Monteverde Reserve. Plan to arrive at the park early , as the number of accesses allowed per day is limited, first come, first served! The park entrance costs $ 18.
You can then enjoy a nice walk in the reserve, but we have not seen many animals . it was raining , take your windbreaker.
If you want to have some adrenaline, go do the zip line down the jungle.
An activity to do absolutely! We went through with Sky Adventures that we recommend, count $ 74 for the descent
D6 | Carara National Park
The next day, we leave the Monteverde Rainforest to head towards Carara National Park ($ 15 per entrance).
The landscape is much hotter and dryer. The little walk in the park is really worth it, we had the chance to see a family of monkeys just above us in the trees!
D7 | Playa Hermosa
After all these hikes, we finally reach the coast and we stop at Playa Hermosa.
D8 | Manuel Antonio National Park
After this short break we go Direction Manuel Antonio National Park ($ 20 entrance). It is probably one of the most touristic parks in the country, so it is very busy.
As for most parks get up early to avoid heat and tourists. In the park you will be sure to meet many monkeys. If you stop on the beach, pay attention to your backpack, especially if you have food, they love it!
After an intense day exploring the park, we head back along the coast towards Uvita.
D9 | Uvita & Cano Island
We advise you to sleep at Ranchos Remo. You will sleep in rustic bungalows but above all you can enjoy a breakfast with a superb view of the sea, just gorgeous.
For our last day in Costa Rica, we go on a day trip to Caño Island for a snorkeling day.
To know everything about this adventure, click here 🙂 (coming soon)
- Snorkeling tour on Cano Island
- Zipline in Monteverde
- One night at Ranchos Remo
To find out more about our trip in Costa Rica :
* Cano Island - Coming soon
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