Hi, I'm looking for advice on the itinerary I came up with so far.
I would like to include Arenal, Palo Verde and Rincon de la Vieja in our trip, and finish with some relaxation time in Santa Teresa. I've also heard that Monteverde is not to be missed, so I'm trying to pack it all up. Please kindly advise if it looks sane or if I should skip Monteverde/redistribute nights somehow.
We are planning to visit in the end of March. We'll be renting a car for the whole trip.
So far I have this:
D1 - Arrive late to SJO, sleep in Alajuela
D2 - drive to La Fortuna. Possibly visit Poas on the way.
D2 through D4 - sleep in La Fortuna. Arenal activities, Cano Negro trip. On D5 get to Monteverde.
D5/D6- sleep in Santa Elena, Monteverde/Santa Elena activies. Leave early on D7 for Rincon de la Vieja activities. (How long it takes to get there?)
D7 - sleep between Palo Verde and Rincon de la Vieja (Canas? Bagaces?), Palo Verde in the first half of day, drive to Santa Teresa the rest of the day
D8 through D12 - stay in Santa Teresa
D13 - get to Alajuela
D14 - leave early in the morning from SJO...
So far the part between Arenal and Santa Teresa feels like I'm trying to pack in too much? Should I skip Monteverde and split the two nights between RdlV and La Fortuna? How long would it take to get from Monteverde to Rincon de la Vieja (I'm under impression that it's around 3 hrs)? From Palo Verde to Santa Teresa? Do we need to drive through the penninsula or better to drive to Puntarenas and take the ferry? Lots of questions, hope someone can help...