I will be in Monteverde for 3 nights mid-February, staying at El Sapo Dorado (no car). Would any of you know how far (driving time) is this hotel by bus/cab from the Monteverde Cloud Forest? We would like to have a guided group tour which I understand that is available only at 7:30am. I was told that a cab is about $18 round trip. That's a lot. Would we have any other option for transportation in Monteverde but cabs? Costa Rica is quite expensive without cabs, I would like to save where I can and still see the country.
I read about a local bus but nobody has any info about its schedule, stops, etc. Does it go to the Santa Elena reserve, does it stop close to any other attractions in Monteverde? I do not know if one can safely walk to any atractions.
Any info re. this bus or a place where I could learn about it, would be appreciated.