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Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil this September

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1. Posted by nomadgirl (Budding Member 72 posts) 9y

hey guys! my friend and i will be flying from hawaii to costa rica sometime in september...anyone recommend the best airport to fly into? got any advice for seeing the best of costa rica in 2 weeks?

from there, we'd like to head on to peru....any advice and best and cheapest way to get there? can't wait to see machu picchu!

then, we'd like to fly to brazil...

i would appreciate any info. on travelling once there, highlights of the cities, hostel/hotels....any advice would be greatly appreciated.

also, what wld u reckon we save for the trip?

AND, does anyone out there have any cool fundraising ideas (besides our day jobs) to raise funds for travel.....'s an obsession! and this website truly fits this obsession!

keep travellin'

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

That's an awful lot of flying you plan to do... ever considered the burden that puts on the environment?

I'd recommend choosing a couple of destinations that are more closely together, either in CA or SA, and take busses between them; Costa Rica/Nicaragua/Honduras/Guatemala, for instance, or just Brazil (which takes you at least 2 months to see some of).

happy travels,

3. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 9y


I don't have any experience in the places you want to go, but don't be discouraged.....check out some of the previous threads (pages 2,3,4, etc.) in this Forum and I'm sure you will find what you need. You can also use the search function on the left sidebar if you can't find what you need. It sounds like a terrific trip. Fundraising is always tough, but you seem to have the right ideas in your other post. Have fun!!!!

Niels, it is not necessary to make a value judgement against someone's trip plans. It is not your place to tell people that they burden the environment, particularly newcomers to this site who are eager to learn and travel, so please keep those kinds of opinions to yourself.

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Quoting beerman

so please keep those kinds of opinions to yourself.

Beerman, correct me if I'm wrong; does ventilating this kind of opinion in the way I did it violate a forum rule that I am unaware of? If it doesn't (which I am almost sure is the case), can you let me be the judge of what is and what is not my place to tell anyone, please? One thing that aspiring travellers should 'learn' about, to quote your own words, is how badly unnecessary flights burden the environment.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 13, 2007, at 5:56 AM by bentivogli ]

5. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 9y

Of course Niels, thank you for correcting me. What I should have said is it's not necessary to be a holier-than-thou jerk when responding to newcomers questions.

Now drop this here. If you wish to continue this debate, take it up via the Message Center.

6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Quoting beerman

What I should have said is it's not necessary to be a holier-than-thou jerk when responding to newcomers questions.

Didn't the saying go quis custodiet ipsos custodes? :)

7. Posted by nomadgirl (Budding Member 72 posts) 9y

yes, i know its a lot of flying....but unfortunately i don't have 2 months plus to chk out all those places...therefore, i must fly. thanks for the advice though...i will definitely keep that in mind for future travels!

8. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 9y

Generally flying into Liberia is cheaper in Costa Rica. However San Jose is more central as Liberia is more north.

you are going to have to take a flight within Peru to Cuzco to get to Machu Picchu. unless you want to bus, but you said time was an issue.

yeah, honestly, thats a ton of flying and it will be outrageously expensive. but if its that or nothing, it is do able with the right amount of money. i know someone already mentioned this, and there was some drama, but you might want to try visiting countries that are closer together. It will prolly cost you $2000+ just for flights.

9. Posted by ehuaman (Budding Member 41 posts) 9y

I visited Costa Rica, and recently Brasil. Obviously PerĂș too, my country. Your itinerary is very complicated. From San JosĂ© to Lima will cost you about $ 400-$500 (with Taca) and it will take 4 hours + or - From Lima to Cuzco (Macchupicchu) cost $120-$150 (LAN, AEROCONDOR, TACA) for about 1 hour. If you want to go to brazil, you'll have to return to Lima. After that, you will have to fly to Sao Paulo, $380 (GOL, LAN) and 5 hours. From Sao Paulo you will be able to travel to anywhere of Brasil. Sao Paulo-Rio ($40), SP-Iguazu ($100), SP-Bahia ($120). Only to visit Brasil will take you more than one month.


10. Posted by BearSF (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y


Sorry about the crotchidy;) environmentalist there always seems to be one on these forums. Grain of salt. Until they make commercial solar planes available we will be fossil fuel bound...most likely entirely in our life time any ways..His heart is in the right place though.

Costa Rica is easy to see within a week as it is very small. I have been twice and was solo. I rented a enduro motorcycle which an ideal way to see the country as there is a decent amount of traffic on the roads. The bus system is excellent so, you can go that route but it will take ages to get places. Time is the factor rent a 4x4. Monteverde - the road up the hill is crap for a car - but a breeze for my bike as well as 4x4. Not all the roads are completely paved. Manuel antonio is excellent..river rafting is a good choice. Fortuna-near Arenal is great with the hot springs. Tortegero-Caribean side -sea turtles nice. Nacoyo?sp Penn is remote but worth the trek. When you arrive if Toruma - youth Hostel!!1/San Pedro/ America style showers or the Pangea downtown (Toruma excellent). Orosi Valley is my little secret village outside of Cartago>>(where the cathedral is). All. Enough for now. e-mail me if you want more details. Tomorrow I will write you about Salvador, Sao Paulo, and Rio.