hi nomad girl, i've been to Costa Rica 3 times and Peru I went there last year.
Yeah definately fly to San Jose, costa rica, make sure you see, Jaco, Manuel Antonio/Quepos and Puerto Viejo ( on the carribean side)
Yeah you will need to fly form Costa Rica to Lima, which should be a direct flight and easy to do..
But once you get there, it's ridiuculously cheap, Machu Pichu was realy cool you'll love it.. Not sure on the Brazil part of your trip, that's still on my list of places to visit good luck .!!
Ok, how many weeks do you have nomadgirl? I see you have 2 weeks in costa Rica but afterwards?
I know the discussion about environment has already been mentioned, but apart from that fact, why not focus on several central american countries and focus on south america next year? It will save you a lot of time, money and effort as well?
With all respect, there are some typical american way of travels mentioned here.....Costa Rica is so small....a week is enough. Bear SF, I really have to laugh about that kind of remarks. It really sounds....oops. Just as other remarks about environment...just try to think about it, you might feel better afterwards.
Costa Rica is easy to see within a week as it is very small.
I have to disagree with that. I spent two weeks there, and only saw a small portion of what would be interesting to see.
For two weeks in Costa Rica, I would suggest:
it would probably go something like this:
Fly into San Jose, stay at the Hotel Aranjuez for 1 night, leave the next day for La Fortuna.
Spend the night in La Fortuna, go to Arenal Volcano the next day (day 3), leave La Fortuna on day 4 for Manuel Antonio.
Spend 3 days in Manuel Antonio (day 5, 6, 7). One day for the national park, one day as a beach day and one day to do some fishing or some other activity. Leave day 8 for Corcovado.
I'd spent days 9, 10 and 11 in Corcovado hanging around. Probably do some of the zip-line / canopy tour thing, a day in the park looking for wildlife, and a beach day.
Day 12 travel Corcovado -> San Jose.
Day 13 is open for you to do whatever - white water rafting or seeing the sights in San Jose (which really only takes about two hours).
Day 14 leave.
why not focus on several central american countries and focus on south america next year? It will save you a lot of time, money and effort as well?
I agree with that. From Costa Rica, Panama is easily accessible by bus, and quite interesting - Boca Del Toros, Coiba or the Pearl Islands. I haven't been north Nicaragua, but have been to Honduras and can suggest going to see the Bay Islands for sure.
I think you'll find you get a better experience travelling slowly and checking things out, rather than flying from place to place.