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Trip List by kd2006

Alajuela, Monteverde, and the Osa Peninsula

May 11, 2006  Recent trip to Costa Rica
2.5 of 5 bubbles based on 11 votes

I planned this entire trip over the internet, even drivers to excursions, and of course hotels.

  • 1. Xandari Resort & Spa
    Xandari Resort & Spa, Alajuela, Province of Alajuela

    If you're looking for an escape from San Jose, but need to stay somewhere close to the airport, this is a reasonable choice. It's relaxing: there are two pools, a spa, good food, and this is a good base to take day excursions from.

  • 2. Poas Volcano National Park
    Poas Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela

    AMAZING. Get there in the early morning before the fog builds up and it gets harder to see. You can get a driver through Xandari who can take you there.

  • 3. Grecia
    Grecia, Province of Alajuela

    Cute, little Costa Rican town near Sarchi featuring a metal church... SARCHI WAS NOT WORTH IT! The souvenirs there can be found elsewhere in Costa Rica.

  • 4. Arco Iris Lodge
    Arco Iris Lodge, Santa Elena, Monteverde

    This is a wondergul choice for the Monteverde area. Its about a 3 minute walk to town but it's on a quiet hillside. Its calm, peaceful, and I felt really safe while I was there. The owners are kind and helpful. Overall, I loved it. STAY HERE! :)

  • 5. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
    Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde

    We found FOUR quetzals and monkeys, it's like being in an oxygen tank.

    If you stay at the Arco Iris, Adrian will be your guide. He is a wonderful guide and is very knowledgeable.

  • 6. Lapa Rios Ecolodge
    Lapa Rios Ecolodge Osa Peninsula, Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula

    Words cannot describe Lapa RIos. It is amazing. I'm longing to go back.. I miss everything about it. I wish I could have stayed longer. It was worth every penny. Everyone that worked there was so kind and the food was good, too. All of the rooms have a deck with an ocean and rainforest view.
    Be prepared, the howler monkeys wake you up at 6AM. ;)

  • 7. Corcovado National Park
    Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula

    AMAZING. We arranged a trip through Lapa Rios, it was quite expensive. You fly over hundreds and hundreds of acres of rainforest, about a 25-30 minute flight and land on a grass runway. Your guide looks for animals and it's just... amazing.