One of my intentions for starting this blog was to feature different trips that people have gone on for inspiration! My sister just got back from Costa Rica and had a fabulous time, so I asked her to share. Here are 5 Q&As about her trip to Costa Rica!
Q1: Why Costa Rica?
We wanted to go somewhere we'd never been before, somewhere warm, and not too far away or expensive.
Q2: What was the best thing you did there?
River rafting the Pacuare river. We had a boat guide who happened to be missing one of his eyes and he was the BEST wildlife spotter. He could spot a monkey so far away we thought that he was making it up, but as we got closer, there it was!
Q3: What advice do you have for someone who wants to take this trip?
Fly. Costa Rica's attractions are far apart but you can drive to them. Most people rent a car and drive around the country. The roads are bad and crowded and not well marked and it eats up days of valuable vacation time to drive. I would recommend flying within the country on puddle jumpers. We are so glad we spent the extra money to do that.
We also brought plenty of dollars (about 500) in small denominations to hand out as tips and we are glad we did. Skip the Arenal volcano town of La Fortuna (too touristy) and go to Monteverde instead.
Q4: What was the best animal you saw?
I loved the mammals. Sloths and monkeys.
Q5: Was there anywhere that really impressed you with their service?
Yes, Tortuga Lodge had excellent service and I would highly recommend it. The company also has a lodge in Monteverde that we wish we had stayed at.
Disclaimer: I did NOT plan this trip. She used a local tour company called Costa Rica Expeditions. If you are the kind of person who likes a very guided experience I recommend using a local tour company and can help you find the best one for your budget.