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plmrod Apr 30th, 2005 05:47 AM

Arenal night hike?
How is the night hike? How long should we plan? What are the walking conditions like (trails, etc)


dariow May 1st, 2005 01:22 PM

I did not do any night hikes in Arenal but I did 3 of them in Monteverde and they were FANTASTIC. I saw tranatulas, snakes, scorpions, Tucan, Quezals, and many other animals.

Ask your hotel when you get there where the best toured night walks are. Mine were 2 hours each. Enjoy!

plmrod May 1st, 2005 05:40 PM

thanks for the info
what did you wear? was it a little cool at night?
any suggestions are accepted!!

dfarmer May 2nd, 2005 06:03 AM

It has been a few years back, but we did a night hike at Arenal and very much enjoyed it.

I understand you can book these hikes from most any hotel, however we booked with a company that had an office in town. We chose an operator that was recommended in the Lonely Planet Guidebook - my book is on loan, so I can't give you the exact name of the company.

However, a local guide picked us up, as well as another couple. The 4 of us experienced a leisurely, not too streneous, but got the heart rate jumping, hike into the forest. The guide was great to point out things he saw, that we would have missed. Gave us a vast amount of history on the area as well as sharing so much information on the wildlife, etc.

As we were coming out of the forest it was just beginning to get dark, no clouds in the sky and we were fortunate to see an incredible display of red rocks tumbling down the mountain.

Our van was waiting for us in an open area, along with others. They had soft drinks for us. We gathered with others and watched the show.

Can't recall how long we took.

Looked back at the pictures, we were wearing low cut hiking boots, shorts, short sleeve shirts and had our lightweight rainjackets with us, but not on.


dariow May 2nd, 2005 02:53 PM

It was not cool in Arenal when I was there. It is a good idea to wear long pants to avoid those annoying creepy things.

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