Costa Rica and Panama.. any recommendations/adventure stories?

Satori (@stephaniekaitlyn) 9 years, 8 months ago

Hey everyone!

I’m going backpacking through Costa Rica and Panama with a close friend of mine in a couple of days. We’re leaving this Sunday and we’ll be there for three weeks. The only thing we have planned is to stay two nights at a hostel then just take it day by day. We want to explore the Pacific side first week. Caribbean side second week. Then we’re taking a bus to Panama third week. Definitely want to go zip lining, hiking around the Arenal volcano, chill/swim on the beaches, jump off cliffs, go to this treehouse community, etc. Definitely want to get another tattoo from that trip too. So many possibilities. Which is why we didn’t have set plans. We’ll just let it happen and go with the flow of the universe.

We pretty much want to go to most of the places here:
http://costarica.com/

But like I said, we’ll see where the universe will take us.

I’m open to recommendations of places to go (especially hidden gems) or hostels to stay at. I’d like to read about your experiences if you’ve ever been to Costa Rica or Panama too. Ever since I made a decision to go on this trip I’ve been meeting people who have been there/lived there and they loved it (LOA ;)). But I definitely want to hear some adventure stories from my fellow HEthens.

Thanks for reading, have a lovely day<3

May 18, 2012 at 11:01 am
Em (473) (@emily) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Ahhh I’m going to costa rica in a couple weeks!! I’ve never been there before, so I can’t really give any recommendations… but it looks like I’m doing pretty much all the same shit you are :) Except the treehouse community–where’s that? Do you have a link to it?

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Ayahuasca is available there with indigenous cultures…

I’d check it out.

Also see if you can travel to the cloud forests.

I’ve never been there but my room mate won’t shut up about when he went there.

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Satori (2,211)C (@stephaniekaitlyn) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@emily, That is so awesome! How long are you staying there for?

@ijesuschrist, Ahhh that’s great! I thought ayahuasca was only available in Peru. I’ll definitely look into that.. I’ve been wanting to try it! I’ve done my research on it and it just sounds like such an incredibly mind-blowing spiritual experience waiting to happen. I’ll also look up cloud forests.. I think there’s one in Monteverde.. which is another place we’re going to. Thank you!

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@stephaniekaitlyn, yes monteverde is what my room mate continuously spoke about. He said it was great.

Most of Costa Rica is great. Get ready to see trash though. People like to litter.

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Satori (2,211)C (@stephaniekaitlyn) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, Awesome can’t wait to explore it. And I can handle that.. I lived in the Philippines for 14 years.. in the city. I’ve seen the worst haha.

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Em (473) (@emily) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@stephaniekaitlyn, I’m only going for 10 days.. I’m super stoked though! :) Can you tell me more about the treehouse community?

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Seque (9) (@seque95) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

I currently live in Costa Rica =) You should definetely go to Guanacaste region (the best beaches are there) and Volcan Arenal (awesome volcano, hot springs and a big ass lake where you can do windsurf/kitewing). Those are the best places to go!

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Satori (2,211)C (@stephaniekaitlyn) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@emily, It’s called Finca Bellavista. The story of how they built this treehouse community is so inspiring and heartwarming. Here check it out: http://vimeo.com/22217881

@seque95, We’ll definitely check out the Guanacaste region a few people have told me about it. And think the first place we’re going to a couple days after we arrive is Arenal! I can’t wait to hike around that area and go to the hot springs. Thank you! And have you heard about Ayahuasca in Costa Rica? Or where I could find it? I can’t look it up anywhere but people have told me they have it over there.

@ijesuschrist, Do you know where they perform Ayahuasca ceremonies? I definitely want to experience it in Costa Rica. That would probably be the number one thing I’d want to do.

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Em (473) (@emily) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@stephaniekaitlyn, Thank you SO much!! I hope there’s a way this can be added to the trip! :)

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Seque (9) (@seque95) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@stephaniekaitlyn I’m not sure where you could find Ayahuasca, possibly in Talamanca where many indigenous tribes are located.

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Adam Mac (15) (@emceedan) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

Hey Stephanie! Are you flying into San Jose, Liberia or Limon? I’m going to CR soon and have done a lot of leg work when it comes to logistics and places to visit. Maybe I can help out a bit!

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Kayla (28) (@tangerinesky624) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

hey! I was in costa rica 2 years ago for 10 days on a school trip. definitely go zip lining which is an obvious thing to do, also i second what seque said, definitely go to mount arenal, there was a huge hot spring we went to there called baldi, I think? Ive never been to hot springs before so it was totally awesome. most of costa rica is really awesome though, i hope you have a great trip!

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Satori (2,211)C (@stephaniekaitlyn) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@emily, No problem hun! Have a great trip!

@seque95, I’ll look into it thanks!

@emceedan, We’re flying into San Jose

@tangerinesky624, Ahhh I’m so excited! I can’t sleep tonight so I’m finishing my packing haha. Thank you!

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Adam Mac (15) (@emceedan) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@emily That can’t be added to the mix unfortunately. It’s down near Osa Peninsula. Bummer because it looks very interesting. =(

@stephaniekaitlyn, I looked at the link for the places you’d like to visit. Since you’re flying into SJO you may want to visit Poas volcano which is just 30 mins north of Alajuela (which is technically where you fly into). This isn’t quite on the way to La Fortuna (the town you’d likely stay in near Arenal volcano) but it’s a cool spot and close enough that it’s worth the short drive. Also, it is technically “active” right now whereas Arenal is not. I was bummed about that since Arenal, when active, has some of the most picturesque lava flows ever. The drive from Poas to Arenal is about 2-3 hours unless you’re going by public transit.

You’ll be able to do a TON of stuff in and around Arenal – Tabacon Hot Springs are there, all kinds of zip-line tours, canyoneering, rafting, horseback riding from Arenal to Monteverde – check out Desafio Adventures http://www.desafiocostarica.com/ – they handle all kinds of tours in Arenal and Monteverde.

The next logical spot on your list would be Monteverde. It’s close to Arenal but due to the cloud forest and terrain it takes a few hours to reach. There you can do all kinds of stuff, hanging bridges, tram tours, more ziplining (the best in the country are supposed to be here), bird watching, etc.

From there you’d probably want to head to the west coast or Nicoya peninsula to spend some times on the beaches. There are soooo many great ones along the Pacific coast and southern Nicoya that I can’t even really recommend a particular beach. Carillo is a nice little one but there are lots of hidden gems.

Check out http://www.reddit.com/r/costa_rica as well. There is some good input there and any questions you have will be answered by them.

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Satori (2,211)C (@stephaniekaitlyn) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@emceedan, That is funny because we were looking at the map and pointed out that both Arenal Volcano and Monteverde would be our next spot to visit. Thank you so much! That helps out a lot! If you have more recommendations let me know :)

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Satori (2,211)C (@stephaniekaitlyn) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@emily, Are you staying at hostels? I’d recommend http://www.costaricahostelnetwork.com

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Em (473) (@emily) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

@stephaniekaitlyn, I don’t think we’re staying at any hostels…more cabins & such. McDanielmasterflasterbater (aka Adam) is the trip planner to be honest. But thank you for the resources.. I hope you have/are having a great time!! :)

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