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Itinerary for week in Costa Rica

Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 05:42 AM
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There's a zipline in MA called Canopy Safari that gets good reviews if you want to check it out.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 07:29 AM
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Thanks for the tip on Canopy Safari. I've spent some time looking at their website and reading tripadvisor reviews. They also have rappelling and a Tarzan swing. Has anyone done that? I assume that you must be tethered to something, but it sure sounds dangerous. All the reviews except one were glowing and people called it the highlight of their vacation.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 08:07 AM
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Some suggestions for day 7 or 8:
If weather is nice you can visit Poas volcano on Sunday morning;
La Paz Waterfall Gardens: http://www.waterfallgardens.com/waterfalls.php
Coffee touts:
http://www.coffeetour.com/
http://www.dokaestate.com/coffee_tour/tour_coffee.html
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 08:33 AM
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In Manuel Antonio we reserved two tours (the Manuel Antonio National Park and Damas Island mangroves) with Paul Gonsalves [email protected] – well recommended at tripadvisor. We booked directly by email and loved both tours.
After the Manuel Antonio National Park and lunch we re-entered the park using same tickets. We walked few less visited marked trails; saw several families of monkeys, then stayed on beach.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2010, 04:30 AM
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Titi Canopy tour in MA was a great experience for us-- and we saw tons of monkeys there. It's thrilling but it never felt unsafe. We had Juan Brenes as a guide for Manuel Antonio, and he's the best. He has his own website and is easy to track down. Guided tours in Manuel Antonio are best if they start in early afternoon--that's when the monkeys come out.

Honestly, I think I'd skip the zip line in Arenal and just spend all of your time at the AOL which has the best hiking wildlife and volcano views in the area (hanging bridges was great too but you have a compressed time frame). An evening at Eco Termales hot springs might also be a good idea though--incredibly relaxing and the best food we had in Arenal.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2010, 11:14 AM
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Just be aware that canopy tours are not regulated in Costa Rica so anyone can set up a tour and you have no idea how safe it is. I've never tried any in Manuel Antonio - only in Monteverde. The Tarzan Swing is a must - although it will make your heart stop for a few seconds. You are tethered with what looks like a climbing harness (this is standard for canopy tours throughout the tour). There have been a few deaths on canopy tours in Costa Rica so be sure to ask some questions - i.e. how long have they been in business, what safety procedures do they have, what training do they give the people working there, etc.

As pretty much everyone else has said, whatever time you think it will take you to get somewhere you should probably double it. They don't call it "tico time" for nothing.

Probably half a day is good for hiking around seeing wildlife in Manuel Antonio Park. We always do half a day seeing wildlife and half a day on the beach (beware of rip currents). And I wouldn't recommend Carara at all. When we went there we saw an armadillo and that was it - not much in the way of wildlife or birds or anything very interesting. I'd also recommend staying away from Jaco - I try never to go into town there as there is so much crime. In other words don't stop off there on your way up to Villas Caletas.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2010, 06:18 PM
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Lots of food for thought here. I am starting to lean towards forgetting about the zip line and canopy tours entirely. Maybe I can count seeing a zip line as close enough to my original desire to try one (GGG).

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