Hello! I am hoping for some help with my itinerary. I tend to push vacations to the limit and want to be sure I don't create an itinerary that creates frustration from too much running.
First, we are a group of 2 couples, mid-30s, in decent shape and looking to experience the adventure and culture that CR has to offer.
So, here's what I've got so far:
Day 1 ~ Arrive SJO (although, I am considering changing to LIB after research on this forum and discussions with friends who have been to CR before.) Rent 4x4. Drive to Arenal Springs Resort. (Thanks to this forum, I am aware that I need to watch my arrival time to allow us enough time to get anywhere we are going well before dark.)
Day 2 ~ 7:30am - 4:00pm Waterfall Rapelling and Rafting Tour followed by 5:00 - 9:00pm Eco Termales Hot Springs
Day 3 ~ Drive to Trapp Family Lodge in Monteverde
Day 4 ~ 8:00 - 10:30am Café Monteverde Coffee Tour followed by 1:00 - 5:00pm Selvatura Canopy Tour and Suspension Bridges
Day 5 ~ Drive to Hotel Costa Verda in Manuel Antonio.
Day 6 ~ 9:00am - 2:00pm Catamaran Tour with the rest of the trip at leisure in MA before driving back to the airport a couple of days later.
Will this be too much? Am I missing a must-do thing? Assuming this is the only trip we ever make to CR, what, if anything, should we change?
A friend suggested dropping MA and doing another beach town (we want to end the trip at the beach) up north so we aren't driving too much... what do you experts think? Another said Monteverde wasn't spectacular, but I think the idea of a cloud forest is pretty intriguing...
Thanks for the help!! :)