I'm volunteering in Costa Rica next year for 3 weeks in May. I will have two full weekends (Full day Fri-Sun) to explore other parts of the country. One of these weekends I would like to stay at La Carolina lodge and hike to see Rio Celeste. Here are my questions:
1. My volunteer project will be based in San Jose. Would it be best time-wise to fly to Liberia early Friday morning and rent a car to drive to La Carolina? I was hoping to drive from San Jose to save money, but I would hate to lose more time than necessary by driving.
2. Will essentially 1 full day and 2 half days be enough time to really enjoy this part of the country, or should I try to visit this part of the country during a future trip?
Thanks in advance!