2 week Itenerary - is this to much??? HELP???
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Dec 20, 2012 9:41 AM Last Post By: jademar
Dec 19, 2012 7:47 AM
2 week Itenerary - is this to much??? HELP???Greetings to all!!! For those of you with insight into Costa Rica - any help and advice you could give would be great!
I am planning a trip to Costa Rica February 10 through 25, 2013. I am planning to land in San Jose on the 10th, rent a car...and...
Day 1 - San Jose, Cartago - and travel to Osa Peninsula
Day 2 - Drake Bay area
Day 3 - Isla del Cano
Day 4 - Puerto Jimenez, Corcovado area, etc.
Day 5 - Golfito
Day 6 - travel up the pacific coast, end up near Puntarenas
Day 7 - Guncastle area
Day 8 - Guncastle area
Day 9 - Arenal area
Day 10 - Monteverde area
Day 11 - Travel to Puerto Limon (Caribbean Coast side)
Day 12 - Possible trip to Tortugero
Day 13 - Southern Caribbean area
Day 14 - Southern Carribbean area
Day 15 - Southern Carribbean area - travel back to San Jose
Day 16 - Return flight home from San Jose
So please be honest and tell me if this is to much or to little - and what I have missed!!!??? Any help would be great appreciated - this will be my first trip to Costa Rica but I am traveling with another person who has travel there twice. Thanks! Randy
Dec 19, 2012 8:25 AM
1whoa! waayyy too much.
although costa rica is a small country, it takes time to get around. on average, you can figure something like half a day to get from place to place.
take out some stuff and learn more about the areas you are planning on visiting.
for instance: plan on spending 4-5 days in the osa peninsula area. and find out what it takes to get from drake bay to puerto jimenez and figure out why you are going to both locations. it takes a WHOLE DAY to drive there from san jose and about the same to drive from there to the town of puntarenas. http://www.yourtravelmap.com for distances, driving times and directions.
pick one coast, not two. it's just too much traveling. and it's not "Guncastle" but "Guanacaste."
plan your itinerary in a loop so you are not backtracking or criss-crossing.
typical itineraries for two weeks: monteverde, arenal, sarapiqui, tortuguero, southern caribbean
or something like.....
monteverde, arenal, bijagua, northern pacific beach
locations really depend on what your interests are. do some more research. your present itinerary is the "grasshopper" trip and you will spend a LOT of time packing and unpacking and in a vehicle.
Edited by: wiremu
Dec 19, 2012 10:52 AM
2Humm, looks like you are planning a lot of things to do.
I will only speak of the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado.
Sounds like you plan to drive from San Jose to Osa Peninsula/Drake Bay right after you arrive in Costa Rica. Be sure you allow yourself a good 8+ hours for the journey to Drake, and be sure not to drive at night. While the road from Chacarita to Puerto Jimenez has improved drastically, there are still some stretches that are full of potholes and they would be terrible to try to navigate at night.
From the turn off for Drake Bay, it's about 2 more hours of difficult driving that SHOULD NOT BE DONE AT NIGHT. 4 wheel drive is recommended for the river crossings you will make.
Isla de Caño is CLOSED at this time. You can not access the island, though you can boat around it.
Driving from Drake Bay to Puerto Jimenez is about 3 hours drive. Then it would be another 2 hours drive to Carate and a one hour hike to La Leona Ranger Station JUST to enter Corcovado. I think this day is too full.
Instead, why not overnight in Carate or Matapalo and do a day trip into Corcovado the following day. Or, have you considered a multi day trip into Corcovado. Usually this requires 5 days on the Osa. One day to arrive in Puerto Jimenez, one day to hike to Sirena Station, on day to enjoy the interior of the park, one day to hike out and return to Puerto Jimenez and the last day to depart the Osa. Another less time demanding option is to just stay in Drake Bay, and boat into Sirena from Drake for either a day trip or a multi day expedition. Then you wouldn't have to drive all the way around the peninsula to enter at Carate.
You can not drive from Puerto Jimenez to Golfito and there is no car ferry. You would have to drive all the way back to Chacarita and then south to Gofito. You may prefer to spend that time enjoying Corcovado. Unless you have friends or family you need to visit, I'd skip Golfito.
Hope this helps, pura vida, Ballardo
Dec 20, 2012 9:41 AM
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