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Activity questions for 5 year old in Arenal and Monteverde

Old Nov 28th, 2007, 11:41 AM
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Activity questions for 5 year old in Arenal and Monteverde

My 5 y/o son and I are taking a quick get-away trip next week. He is an excellent travel companion, and never tires. I have questions and am looking for comments about activities we can enjoy together with this itinerary. I would especially like to hear about things to avoid, or what you would do differently if you've taken a 4-6 year old.

Our itinerary is 2 nights Arenal, 3 nights MV:

Day 1 Private transportation SJO to Arenal (Silencio del Campo)
Day 2 Arenal
Day 3 Taxi-water-taxi to MV (Hotel Fonda Vela)
Day 4 Monteverde
Day 5 Monteverde
Day 6 Shuttle or Private transport to SJO

Arenal:
1. Are there any Skywalks/Treks/Hanging Bridges you would recommend for an adventuresome 5 y/o that are safe (what ever that means to you).
2. Are the Eco Thermales springs too hot for a water-loving 5 y/o?
3. Any hikes you would recommend? Volcano or waterfall?

MV:
1. Are there any Skywalks/Treks/Hanging Bridges you would recommend for an adventuresome 5 y/o that are safe (what ever that means to you).
2. Any comments on Fodor's kid-friendly rec's: Ranario de MV, Serpentaria MV, Jardin de Mariposas,
3. Selvatura vs MV for 5 year old. Any real difference?

One of the highlights of my last trip to CR (20 years ago) was seeing a sloth. Any chance with this itinerary?

All comments/ suggestions welcome, except re: itinerary, it's fixed for this trip.

Thanks!

Patrick
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Old Nov 28th, 2007, 01:05 PM
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Nice to hear you're staying at SDC. We stayed there, it's great! Eco-Thermales would be fine. I prefer in the evening when it's cooler. Some of the pools were too hot, but there are 3 that are comfortable and even have fairly shallow parts. They offer dinner in the evening too, if that's of interest to you. Not sure of his attention span, but if you chose to do 3 nights in Arenal and 2 in Monteverde instead, you could fit in Cano Negro, which is a boat trip on the Rio Frio with a wide variety of wildlife and includes lunch. We saw a sloth or two there, as well as howlers and capuchin monkeys (also saw a sloth on a tree by the road). On Desafio's website there's a tour we're trying out next Spring that takes you to a animal sanctuary where you can feed some of the animals, and learn about plants, and cooking. Oh, sorry, I see your nights are fixed, but I will leave the above rec's anyway!

Have a great trip!
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Old Nov 28th, 2007, 01:34 PM
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If you could take a night from MV and move it to Arenal, I agree with going to Cano Negro - it was absolutely the highlight of our trip, and I think your son would love helping to spot the wildlife. We saw more wildlife at Cano Negro than anywhere in Arenal. The Hanging Bridges in Arenal would be a nice hike for you guys if you have more time in the area. We went to Tabacon for hot springs - your son would probably love it because it has a water slide. I couldn't get my husband off of it, so I can only imagine the fun your little boy could have on it!
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Old Nov 29th, 2007, 05:31 AM
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Just curious. The board indicates 4 replies to my question, the most recent at 7:20 on 11/28, but I only see two (thanks BTW). I hit refresh. Is there something else I should do? Thanks, Patrick
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The last time in Arenal we did the hike in Volcano National Park. Not real long, mostly flat, then a not bad climb up huge boulder pile for a great view of the volcano. My 19-year-old son was sorry he slept through it.

We've done Skytrek in both places. It might be a bit large and scary for a 5-year-old (I think my son would have done it, not my daughter), but in Arenal you can take the tramway up and decide when you get to the top (either tramway back or slide down). Your son would do it tandem with a guide, I saw other kids doing that.

I've done Ecotermales twice in the evening, and enjoyed it, but it is pretty quiet for a young boy. I haven't been to Tabacon, but that sounds like fun to me and I'd like to try it next time.

We liked the butterfly farm in MV, and seeing queztals and hummingbirds there. We took a night hike in Selvatura that your son might like.

I'd be shocked if you didn't see sloths and monkeys somewhere on your trip, I've seen plenty of both in these places.
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