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Fauna and flora trip in Costa Rica.

8 beautiful days in the nature of the Costa Rica.

by swaxlitoAtlasGuru Contributor

North AmericaCosta Rica8 days / March 2022

Highs & Lows

Quite simply the best fauna and flora of the world, definitely.

Costa Rica is an expensive country, in addition it is tropical and the weather can be very unpredictable

Itinerary Overview

This trip starts the last day of my WorkAway where I am finally free to travel anywhere I want! 

With my workaway buddies we decide to have a last day all together at a well known waterfall in the area.

Then the next day I take a short bus ride to La Fortuna to meet up with some friends of mine there!

After 4 days discovering volcanoes and rivers, it's this time a huge full day bus ride to Puerto Viejo.

 Where we finished our trip in Costa Rica a bit more calmly, chilling and surfing.

  • 1 Night: Guapiles
    It's not where I would have gone if I hadn't done this work away. But i al super glad the discovered this area !
  • 4 Nights: La Fortuna
    It is one of the most famous location of Costa rica for his super Volcano Arenal and his breathtaking nature.
  • 3 Nights: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
    We wanted to visit the Cahuita park. And de knew that it was a good place to party and meet people.

Q & A

  • How was the food?

    At Puerto Viejo : carne or pollo con Caraïbe sauce and rice and beens. You can find that in every restaurant of the village.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    In the parks, but also for waterfalls and volcanoes, in fact everywhere you are offered guides. But be careful, most of the time it's not even necessary, if you're a bit resourceful you can do it without (and save a lot of money).

  • Packing tips?

    You need good shoes to climb the volcano. Don't try to wear city shoes... (prefer shoes of another colour than white!). And unfortunately, this is Costa Rica so don’t forget your raining coat !

  • Transportation Tips?

    Start every trip very early to make sure arrive not to late because the costa rican buses are very messy.


  • I just finished a Work Away at Guapiles when I started my strip. So, I spent my first night there, in my super tent. In this region it is rain all the time. Therefore the nights was humid…

  • We stayed at an hotel called La Cascada. We chose this one because it was a very good location, around the main square. And because we are always looking for the cheaper habitation. It was very basic And to tell the truth the rooms were not very good, without windows and with a poor ventilation. But good for us because we were not here to enjoy the hotel but the beautiful nature that surrounds La Fortuna!

  • We stayed at an Hostel called Madre Selva. Very very nice ! Staff friendly, huge dormitory but super clean. Location a bit far from the the restaurants and bars of the center but we rented bikes !