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Adventure activities in Arenal vs. Guanacaste?

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We are in the very early stages of planning a week-long trip to CR in mid-March next year (2 adults, 1 child who will be 8 years old then). We'll spend either 3 or 4 nights at the JW Marriott in Guanacaste and the rest in the Arenal region. We are staying on points at the Marriott, so 4 nights would give us more wiggle room in the budget, but we'd like to split the time in whatever way makes the most sense as far as things to do.

To help us prioritize, here's my question: In Guanacaste, are there adventure activities as good as or better than those in Arenal? We're interested in zip lining, hiking, possibly rafting or boating, hot springs, wildlife, etc. Those types of things will be our focus in Arenal, but if there are any we can save for Guanacaste, we may spend a 4th night there and 3 nights in Arenal.

I posted this on TripAdvisor as well and got a recommendation to consider Rincon de la Vieja instead of Arenal. Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance!

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