What to see between Arenal and Jaco

Old Jan 5th, 2011, 04:20 PM
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What to see between Arenal and Jaco

We are spending 3 days/2 nights in Arenal, and 4 nights north of Jaco (Herradura) with a day trip to Manuel Antonio. For traveling from La Fortuna to Herradura, my initial plan was to stop for a canopy tour in Monteverde, (taking the taxi-boat-private taxi option from Lake Arenal) and then have the private taxi take us to Herradura. The more I read this sounds like a crazy idea given the road system. Is Monteverde not to be missed? What other adventure awaits between La Fortuna and Jaco via private taxi for a long stop over? We're open to other transport but want to stop along the way. Parque Carara is in between but the guidebooks don't give it the best review.
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Old Jan 5th, 2011, 04:28 PM
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We loved Monteverde and spent 2 nights there...I wished we had a third. We did a canopy tour with Selvatura and it took a good part of the day. I don't see how you would be able to enjoy your time in Monteverde and make the trip in the same day. We did a jeep-boat-jeep transport from Montverde and Arenal and it took at least 3 hours.

But...I only have the experience of one trip, so maybe others will have better feedback.
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Old Jan 5th, 2011, 04:36 PM
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Monteverde is not a day-trip or stopover place. It requires at least two nights to be worth it.

A guided tour of Carara is well worth the time. Also worthwhile is one of the crocodile tours--Jungle Crocodile Safari is more bird-oriented than Crocodile Man Tour, if that matters. We saw about 35-40 different species of bird on our crocodile boat tour.
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