My good friend Pauline and I traveled to Costa Rica for 10 days for a Thanksgiving holiday. Our main reason for going was to check out Corcovado National Park which is one of the most (if not the most) biodiverse places on earth. As it is costly to stay there, we planned on going to the park for 3 days after spending a night in Drake's Bay, then working our way to Domincal and Quepos (to check out the beach of Manuel Antonio) before heading to San Jose to catch our flight back. Here is a visual diary of our trip which I can honestly say has been the best trip for animal watching I've ever had the opportunity to take. Also, be sure to check out Pauline's amazing blog (@mama_voyage) for way more details on our trip as well as tips for being sustainable and budget friendly while traveling!
After one night in Drake's Bay, we took a small boat (about 2 hours) into Corcovado National Park with our guide, Gersen, who I'd highly recommend if you are ever thinking of going to Corcovado (Guias Amigos De Corcovado). There was a torrential downpour during the whole ride and I found out that my water resistant pants didn't really resist much. We were now entering the most biodiverse place on earth which also seemed to be the wettest. After getting off the boat we took a short, muddy hike to Sirena Station which is the only place to sleep when staying in the park. Corcovado is where we truly got to disconnect and take in all the wildlife while wearing the soggiest of socks! *Pro tip, if you are going in or around wet season, bring rain boots!
Our next stop was Dominical which has some impressive waterfalls and hikes. We stayed with an awesome AirBnb/adventure tour (La Ceiba EcoAdventures) and were able to hike in their backyard to 4 different waterfalls.
After Dominical we went further up the coast to Manuel Antonio, staying in Quepos. We intended to visit the Manuel Antonio Park but upon arrival, we saw that the weather was a little grey/rainy and decided to stick to the free beach just outside the park which was absolutely beautiful.
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