Spend Quoted in: CRC / GBP / USD
Length of Stay – 14 days / 13 nights
Amount Spent – ₡590,575 / £855.91 / $1064.10
Average per Day (For 2 People) – ₡42,184 / £61.14 / $76.01
Exchange Rate at Time of Visit – £1 : ₡690 / $1 : ₡555
Dates – 30/01/2017 – 11/02/2017 & 27/02/2017 – 28/02/2017
Our Route: Lima, Peru > Alajuela > La Fortuna > Monteverde > Liberia > Nicaragua > Alajuela > Lima, Peru
Types of Transport: 8 Buses / 4 Taxis / 1 Boat
Hours Spent Traveling on Buses: 12 Hours and 30 Minutes / 0.5 Days
Where We Stayed: 5 Hostels
Favourite Place: Fortuna
Worst Place: Liberia
Accommodation – ₡235,590 / £341.43 / $424.49, (₡18,122 / £26.26 / $32.65 per night) – 39.9%
Considering how expensive Costa Rica is we didn’t do too bad. We booked well in advance for hostels in Fortuna and Montevideo and the rooms were good value for money, especially the Monteverde hostel which included a huge breakfast. A change in our plans meant that we needed to book a room in Liberia last minute. With only one cheap hostel available we spent 2 nights in a horrible room which turned out to be the worst of this trip.
Transport – ₡58,555 / £84.86 / $105.50 – 9.9%
Local buses are reasonably priced especially compared to the expensive tourist shuttle buses. The only downside is that you can’t reserve seats so it’s a bit of a free for all when the bus arrives. Surprisingly there were no buses in Fortuna to any of the attractions around town so we walked most of the time but also got a couple of expensive taxis. Monteverde was a lot easier to get around with a bus running 5 times a day.
Activities – ₡120,145 / £174.12 / $216.48 – 20.3%
Everything costs in Costa Rica and we were shocked at the price of some of the entrance fees. The most expensive was visiting Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park which cost $35 per person including transport but it was well worth it. In fact we enjoyed everything we did from hiking Cerro Chato, spending an afternoon at a hot springs, walking through Curi Cancha Reserve, wondering around the forest on a night walk and learning about chocolate.
Eating Out – ₡78,270 / £113.43 / $141.03 – 13.3%
Being in expensive countries before hand most likely prepared us for the higher restaurant prices. In Fortuna we found a great cheap soda which we went to every day, if not twice a day. Our hostel in Monteverde served a big delicious breakfast and had a kitchen so we didn’t spend anything on eating out. We had a splurge on McDonald’s in Liberia when we were feeling worn down but I have no excuses for the taco bell trips when we were on our way to and from the airport.
Cafes, Snacks & Treats – ₡23,540 / £34.12 / $42.41 – 4%
We had some coconut waters from a stand in Fortuna and spent some time in one of the cafes sipping on homemade lemonades and playing banagrams. One of the best ways to see the birds in Monteverde was a trip to Stella’s Bakery, we went there a couple of times. Jak also discovered Fanta grape in the supermarkets and the odd bottle in the evening became a regular occurrence.
Groceries – ₡20,570 / £29.81 / $37.06 – 3.5%
You can drink the tap water in Costa Rica but the tap in the outside hostel kitchen in Fortuna looked less than hygienic so we opted for bottled water. We also cooked during the evenings in Monteverde.
Alcohol – ₡14,700 / £21.30 / $26.49 – 2.5%
The hot springs had a swim up bar and we couldn’t resist a cocktail and a few beers. Before we went to the local festival in Fortuna we played a card game on our balcony with a couple of beers.
Miscellaneous – ₡39,205 / £56.82 / $70.64 – 6.6%
We had a little shopping spree and replaced some worn and shrunken t shirts. Laundry was unbelievably expensive and it cost $8 each for exit tax. We had some colones left when we got to the airport and as it’s getting closer to the end of our trip we bought a couple of souvenir coasters.