Jeff visits Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a must for wildlife lovers and horticulturists alike. Diverse eco-systems have created rich green, lush rainforests which lead to beautiful white sandy beaches...
"Visit the volcano at La Fortuna and bathe in the crystal clear cool waters of it’s waterfall and then in the hot springs..."
I flew to Costa Rica on 1st December last year for 8 nights from Heathrow Airport.
Costa Rica is a must for wildlife lovers and horticulturists alike. Diverse eco-systems have created rich green, lush rainforests which lead to beautiful white sandy beaches. You have an opportunity to homestay with a local family. Visit the volcano at La Fortuna and bathe in the crystal clear cool waters of it’s waterfall and then in the hot springs at the base of the volcano. Any trip to Costa Rica must include a visit to the Monteverde cloud forest and a canopy walk along it’s many bridges where you are either alongside or above the tree line.
After an 11 hour flight we arrived in San Jose and were taken to our hotel for the evening with a quick stop off at a local restaurant before bed.
We set across the countryside towards Santa Roas de Pocosol where we were entertained by the local community with songs and dance, and then we were invited to a meal with a local family and also to stay the night.
After an early start with a cockerel whose alarm set off a little earlier than usual (02.30am!), we journeyed to La Fortuna where you can find the Arenal volcano. That afternoon we spent a relaxing few hours at the Fortuna waterfall, then the Baldi hot springs.
We travelled to Monteverde—high in the mountains and visited a coffee plantation en route.
We enjoyed a canopy walk high above the jungle floor through the rainforest, then an excursion to a beautiful butterfly park.
We travelled back towards the coastline towards the Manuel Antonio National Park. After an amazing 2 hour walk through the rainforest we emerged onto the beach where we spent the rest of the afternoon—in-between chasing away the monkeys and raccoons that try to open bags on the look out for food.
We travelled back to San Jose and had an early night as our flight was at 4 the following morning.
Handy Tips for First Timers
⭐️ Prepare for I’m a Celebrity—it’s rice and beans for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
⭐️ Don’t forget about the departure tax that costs $30.00.
⭐️ Pack binoculars and a good camera, there are photo opportunities everywhere.
⭐️ Take a waterproof jacket—it’s hot but it does rain at some point in the day.
⭐️ Good walking boots are a must!