Hi! We are soon departing for Costa Rica and we will stay there for 20 days. We are planning our possible route and we would like to ask you for your opinion, if you are so kind. We are planning to start from Liberia, go to La Fortuna, San Jose, Cahuita, back to San Jose, than to Corcovado, Monteverde, Cabo Blanco and than finish our trip in Santa Rosa national park. If we would succeed to see all that (or at least the most interesting parts of the trip for us), we are also thinking about Ometepe lake in Nikaragua. Does it sounds a little to ambitious, considering that we plan to travel with local transportation? 🙂 We are both biologist so our main interest are natural parks, in which we would like to spend most of our time, but we also like to relax on some beaches for few days. We like your blog very much and we really admire you for fallowing your dream to move to Costa Rica. Thank you and best regards from Slovenia! Sara and Matjaz
Spending 20 days in Costa Rica will be amazing, congrats! Here are a couple of suggestions so that you are not going back and forth too much. Visit Monteverde before La Fortuna, then connect to Cahuita. There are affordable shuttles (about $50/pp each trip) that connect those three destinations and they will save you a lot of time on the bus. Since you are biologists, you could also consider a stop in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, which is a very eco-rich area and sort of on the way. We stayed at Tirimbina Reserve. Corcovado is quite far from San Jose, especially by bus, but if you wanted to spend a little more and fly there on a small plane, you could then bus up the Pacific Coast after, cross over to the Nicoya on the ferry, and then bus to northern Guanacaste and Nicaragua if you have time. Hope this helps and you see a ton of wildlife!