Getting from Los Angeles, California to Quito, Ecuador requires two flights and a layover. In our case, about 11 total hours of travel. For me, the thought of these long flights means anxiety. I get worried about having space for our carry on's (we never check) and about how uncomfortable we'll be. The result of which is often the next day of our trip being ruined by jet lag and exhaustion. Copa Airlines business class really ups the luxury and reduces your flight anxiety!
As a travel planner, I find booking transportation to be one of the most complicated parts of creating the perfect trip. One amazing lesson I have learned is, when possible, always book a local, private driver! In each case we have done this, we have been given unique side trips and tours that aren't listed on any website. Believe me, locals know best. You can read all the blogs you want by foreign travelers, but locals will always have the private tips to the less touristy spots and of course, the best food! This travel article is dedicated to our most favorite finds through our private, local drivers.
This week's throw back is dedicated to one of our most favorite trips, Costa Rica! When planning for Costa Rica, you will see that you can can fly into San Jose or Liberia airports. Flying into San Jose brings you to the center of the country, which means a long way to the shores. We chose to fly into Liberia, and did not regret it! Liberia is a smaller airport, so it was a breeze to get through customs and immigration. This airport brings you to the absolutely gorgeous, Guanacaste region. You will pay a little more for this airport, but not enough to make it not worth it!
Guanacaste is the Northern Pacific region of Costa Rica. This area is unique because it has what is called a "tropical dry forest." From December to May, this area has a "drought". This makes the region more tolerable because there is low humidity, although you still get the heat!