My spouse and I are beginning to plan a 2-week trip tentatively for the first 2 weeks in December to celebrate my 60th birthday. It would be our first trip to Costa Rica. We are mostly interested in seeing birds and wildlife. We are not super hard-core birders in terms of ticking birds off of lists, we just love seeing and learning about them. Other than walks, we’d be interested in swims in the river, hot springs, etc. but no zip lining or white water rafting. Assuming the first and last days in San Jose (possibly Hotel Bougainvillea?) that gives us 12 days. (Traveling into Liberia is slightly more expensive, but wouldn’t be a deal breaker if that made more sense.) I’m a little concerned about dealing with the heat on the coasts in accommodations without A/C in terms of being able to get a good night’s sleep. So at this point I’m concentrating on the mid to higher elevations. The places I’m considering are:
And if we get brave enough to go to the coast, perhaps Hotel Cerro Lodge.
I’m hoping for feedback on whether these locations will give us sufficient diversity (or too much overlap) and perhaps suggestions on an appropriate itinerary and amount of time spent at each (i.e which should be 2 vs. 3 days). We assume we’ll hire guides at each location, and probably rent a car to get between locations. Thanks so much for taking the time out to respond.