18 Days in Costa Rica , Itinerary

Old Aug 1st, 2013, 01:45 AM
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18 Days in Costa Rica , Itinerary

Hi. I will depart tomorrow for a 18 days trip in Costa Rica.
What do you think about this itinerary?

2. Arrive in San Josè
3. San Josè - Tortuguero
4. Tortuguero
5. Tortuguero - Puerto Jimenez (flight already booked)
6-7-8 Corcovado tour (Surcos Tour, guide Roger Muñoz)
9 Rent a Car, transfer front Puerto Jimenez to Uvita
10 Uvita - Sierpe - Uvita
11 Marino Ballena National Park - Transfer to San Gerardo de Dota
12 San Gerardo de Dota
13 San Gerardo de Dota - Transfer to Turrialba
14 Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare River
15 Transfer to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui - Nature Pavillion photo session
16 La Selva Biological Station tour
17 Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui - Cahuita NP - Punta Uva
18 Punta Uva
19 Manzanillo
20 Punta Uva - Transfer to Alajuela
21 Departure for Italy

Do you advice me to make some changes?
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Old Aug 1st, 2013, 04:26 AM
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Would have made more sense to do Sarapiqui and Cahuita immediately before or after Tortuguero. Maybe you can change your flight date.
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Looks like a great trip. Hope you have a great time. I wish I had known about the Nature Pavilion when we were there.
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I agree with RAC. Sarapiqui and the Carribean area should be done around the Tortuguero portion of your trip.
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I've done a similar trip and would rearrange a bit but keeping as is won't make or break you. I'm not clear on which areas you're spending nights vs. passing through. is it 3 total nights (1st, last and mid-way before rafting) that you're spending near San Jose, 2 nights in Tortuguero, 4 nights Puerto Jimenez/Corcovado, 3 nights Uvita, 2 nights San Gerardo, 4-5 nights Puerto Viejo/Manzanillo/Cahuita/Punta Uva? Where exactly are you planting yourself on the Caribbean side? I see you have a car for the PJ/Uvita/SGD portion, will you be driving to Turrialba or how are you getting to Turrialba? How aer you getting around after the rafting?
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To me it makes perfect sense. Flying from Tortuguero to Puerto Jimenez is only way to make it in a day. No need for a rental car both in Tortuguero and in Puerto Jimenez/Corcovado. Ending such an intensive travel with some relaxing days on the Caribbean side is almost a must. Anyway, Tucanetto is already half way to Costa Rica, the land of Pura Vida.
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