So much to do in southern Costa Rica but we have so little time ;-(
We are really looking forward to going to the southern Pacific part of CR and have discovered there is so much to do in this area - from Quepos all the way down to Corcovado.
Since we only have 5 nights I have been doing so much more planning than we usually do before leaving on a trip - we are usually "wing it" types when we travel & do not do much planning on things to do when we get wherever we are going.
Luckily I managed to hook up with an expat who moved to CR about 8 years ago and lives in Sierpe (right outside of Corcovado NP) and she has been priceless - she sends me weather updates, whale & turtle updates and is taking care of all our arrangements for our "Corcovado day"
The Cuna del Angel hotel folks were great and hooked me up with a very informative & helpful car rental guy who sent me all the new CR driving rules - apparently they have come up with a whole new set of rules & have been very aggressive in enforcing them - if you get stopped becuase you broke one of the new rules - fines are steep $500!
So I sat down last night and came up with our whole plan - a 1st for me - the hubby was impressed - he does not contribute, he just tells me as long as I have not been there before - go for it.
Day 1 - arrive in Quepos around 3:30pm - meet the rental car guy and get our car, stop in Quepos supermarket to pick up supplies, drive approx. 45 minutes to hotel , check in and head into Dominical for dinner then back to hotel for some serious hot tubbing!
Day 2 - head down to Uvita to hook up with the local expat and make final arrangements for Corcovado Day, check out Uvita - shop, eat, check out Marina Ballena NP & local environs
Day 3 - all day at Hacineda Baru ( a mixed private/national reserve - the beach area is a national reserve & the rest is privately owned by yet another expat) Self guided hiking during the day, late lunch/early dinner at the Hacienda's restaurant, 2 hour guided night jungle hike, & then conditions permitting, down to the beach for turtle time
Day 4 - Manuel Antonio & Los Quetzales national parks, dinner in Quepos, back to hotel to return rental car, hot tub again!
Day 5 - Corcovado Day - get picked up around 5-5:30am, 1 hr.drive, 1 1/2 hr. boat through Drake Bay - wet landing into Corcovado, 2 hr. hike to the ranger station, lunch, 2 hour hike, back to boat and then back to hotel around 7pm.. So wish we had another day as we really, really want to do an overnight right in this park - will save for a future trip!
Day 6 - back home ;-(
We will be busy but it will be so much fun - Baru & Corcovado both have all 3 jungle cats but since we can not do an overnight in either place this time chances are slim on a sighting but we can always hope........................chances are pretty good for tapirs, silky anteaters and the usual CR critters we have seen before - coatis, scarlet macaws (Corcovado has the largest population in CR), quetzals, monkeys. I guess you can see why my profile came out Adventure Traveler in the LL quiz!