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Travel tips, just got back from CR

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Travel tips, just got back from CR

I stayed at Xandari Resort & Spa in Alajuela, wouldn't recommend it.

Arco Iris Lodge in Monteverde was amazing, highly recommended to anyone.

Lapa Rios met my expectations, terrific!

I'm not sure if Bosque del Cabo is better, I was surprised when they dropped me off for a hike at Lapa Rios on the way we passed Bosque del Cabo! About... 7 min. drive up the road.

Santa Elena/Monteverde didn't have much to do, I loved it up there though!

Skip Aventura Canopy ride, it wasn't safe. Selvatura was amazing and fun and the guys that worked there were soooo friendly! (in Monteverde)

Hire a driver if you aren't familiar with the roads, I only saw 2 signs the whole time I was there.

Make sure you are going to Corcovado on a day it's not too hot. I went on a hot day and saw very few animals than I expected.

NatureAir was great.

I didn't get any mosquito bites, only tick, and spider bites and a jellyfish sting.

If you would like my itinerary, post here. Everything I planned turned out as I wanted and I planned EVERYTHING over the internet!

Feel free to add comments/suggestions.

Thanks

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21. Re: Travel tips, just got back from CR

I 'm planning a trip to Costa Rica would like to see y ou're itinerary. Thanks,

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What kind of shoes/boots did you hike with in the Osa rain forest trails?

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I wore lightweight hiking boots, they worked perfectly.

Okay! I'll sum up my itinerary, if you'd like more info feel free to ask!

Day 1: Arrived in the late PM. Stayed at Xandari in Alajuela.

Day 2: Had a driver take us to Poas Volcano & Sarchi Artisan Village, got a spa treatment. Stayed at Xandari.

Day 3: 7:00 AM Drove to Monteverde. Selvatura Walks and Canopies, did the Twilight Tour at Refugio de los Ninos. Stayed at Arco Iris.

Day 4: Morning hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Stayed at Arco Iris.

Day 5: Planned to leave at 3 PM but had no plans so we left at 10 AM, drove back to Xandari.

Day 6: Relaxed at Xandari walked a little hike ,stayed there.

Day 7: Woke up early, flew to Puerto Jimenez, driven to Lapa Rios. Did the Ridge Hike.

Day 8: Relaxed, went to the beach ate alot of foooood :). Lapa Rios.

Day 9: Corcovado National Park. Lapa Rios.

Day 10: Left in the AM.