Travel to Costa Rica – Episode 698

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Costa Rica Itinerary - One Week including both rainforest and beach (Podcast)

Hear about travel to Costa Rica as the Amateur Traveler talks to Costa Rica travel experts Sam and Yeison from about their beautiful country.

Sam says, “Costa Rica offers a lot of things to do for people who want to experience nature. Costa Rica is known as a very eco-friendly sustainable destination. It’s a very green country. They protect over 25% of their land. So for anyone who wants to experience nature, whether they love bird watching or hiking or even a beach vacation, to see a volcano, experience a rain forest, Costa Rica really has got it all. When it comes to countries in Central America, Latin America, it’s very safe. They’re very friendly people, and they’re very welcoming. Costa Rica is even a good destination for people who have never traveled internationally.”

For a week’s long vacation, Sam and Yeison recommend splitting your trip between only two destinations. They recommend some time inland in a rain forest and some time on the coast. 

They start us in La Fortuna, which is a center for adventure travel near the Arenal Volcano. In the La Fortuna area, you can go hiking, horseback riding, canyoneering, rafting, bird watching, and more. They give us some of their favorite hikes in the area like the hike at the Hiking Arenal 1968 lodge private concession. Alternatives to Lafortuna would include Monteverde or Sarapiquí.

For the second part of their trip, they recommend Manuel Antonio, which is the second most popular national park in Latin America (only behind Peru’s Machu Picchu). Even with the high number of tourists, they say if you take some of the longer hikes you will leave the crowds behind. 

We talk about some other alternative trips and why they don’t recommend spending much time in the capital of San Jose. We talk about the best rafting trip, the best hikes, and the best surfing in Costa Rica. Find out why so many people have fallen in love with the country and the people of Costa Rica.

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Show Notes
Costa Rica
La Fortuna
San José, Costa Rica
Pacuare River
Travel to Costa Rica – Episode 116 – Amateur Traveler
Adventure Travel in Costa Rica – Episode 328 – Amateur Traveler
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Observatory Lodge
Canyoning in Arenal
Rio Penas Blancas Safari Float
Hiking Arenal 1968
Rio Balsa Rafting Costa Rica
Arenal Horseback Riding Tour
La Fortuna Pub
Sarapiquí (canton)
Monteverde, Costa Rica Visitor’s Guide
Manuel Antonio Travel Guide
The Complete Guide to Manuel Antonio National Park
Jaco Beach: The Surf and Party Beach Town
Tortuguero National Park
Rio Celeste Costa Rica: How to Have the Best Time at the Skyblue River
Catarata del Toro Waterfall: A 270 Foot Beauty Deep in the Rainforest
Costa Rica Destinations Map


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Hey Chris,

Ecuador and Galapagos was where we honeymooned. Thanks for bringing back memories. I felt the post was too short. When you get back, a post just on Galapagos would be good.

A couple of things I would add.

  • Visit the Equator Monument outside Quito.
  • Take in a Folkloric performance at the Sucre Theatre in Quito.
  • Near Cotopaxi is the town of Ambato which has one of the world’s strangest museums, Museo de Ciencias Naturales. A miss-mash of cultural and natural history with everything from a human fetus to a stuffed domestic dog and two-headed chickens.

Travel safe,
Jeff Ohlfs

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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

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Thank you for sharing this. I have followed My Tan Feet for some time, and they are experts at what they do and so engaged! I have been enjoying your podcast on my way back and forth to work. Thanks!

Chris Christensen


You are most welcome. They are great.

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