Arenal Expeditions - Tours and Transfers

Arenal Expeditions - Tours and Transfers

Arenal Expeditions - Tours and Transfers
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Ryan M
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This is what you’re looking for. We hired this company to take my family of six for a full day tour to the Hanging Bridges, a volcano lava flow hike, and the La Fortuna waterfall. We felt like we were safely in a zoo without cages. So special! We were three generations… kids, parents, grandparents. Our experience was absolutely wonderful. I can not recommend this tour enough. Our guide Angelo was a joy. He picked us up in a van from our hotel, and helped us through the entire day. He knew so much about the animals, the volcano, the country, and was so excited to share with us whatever we asked. He was laid back but enthusiastic, ready to roll with whatever we were hoping for the day. All three excursions were exhaustive, but my agile parents in their 70’s were able to slowly hike through it all. The lunch stop was fun as well. We really loved this day. It felt like an adventure, yet we felt safe and looked after the whole time. My personal favorite thing about Angelo and this trip was how he was just as excited about the frogs as he was for the monkeys. He clearly loves all the wildlife found in the area, and his joy was infectious. If we had know how helpful and special this day would be, we would have hired him for a second day to show us more of the surrounding area. His price was similar to all the other companies offering these packages, which I personally considered cheap as it covered three separate entrance fees, travel, lunch, and a guide with a great scope to zoom into the faces of the animals he found for us. I can not recommend this experience enough. If you’ve spent the money to travel here, I’d argue that this extra fee is essential to making your rainforest adventure a memorable success. My family and I are very grateful that we got to spend our day with Angelo.
Written July 9, 2022
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Hola! Ryan M. First of all thank you very much for trusting us and taking the time to reviening us. We are delighted to read your experience with Arenal Expeditions and Angelo Bejarano our Head guide, Our guide are always upcto take you trip to a higher lever. That day we had an outstanting day spotting a lot of wildlife, Hope to see you soon in one of our private expeditions in Costa Rica. Pura Vida!!
Written August 23, 2022
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Jessica S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Angelo took our last minute request for round trip transportation and made sure he knew exactly where the location was. He was a careful driver with a nice vehicle. He made us feel at ease and pointed out birds along the way and sent us a video he took of the scarlet macaws we saw fly over us and another of one he took of us returning from our ATV tour. Super personable and went over and above to help is get some additional birding equipment to get some better photos of the birds and wildlife. We look forward to booking him for more personalized tours when we return to Costa Rica.
Written January 30, 2023
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Sshirley1613
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Anthony and Carlos were amazing guides. Very knowledgeable and very welcoming. We learned so much history about LA Fortuna and the area. They were accommodating on every aspect. We always felt safe and comfortable. Highly recommend this group.
Written July 1, 2023
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DC_Travels12
JARRETTSVILLE35 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
This was the thing I was most looking forward to on our trip to Costa Rica because it looked so beautiful. We drove to the Rio Celeste waterfall on our way from La Fortuna to Coco Beach...when we started our drive, it was raining lightly but as we got to the park, it started to rain heavily. We paid our $12, paid $2 for the boots, and took off in a downpour to hike the trail. We walked super fast thinking that if we got there quickly, there was still a chance the waterfall would be blue since it hadnt been raining for too long. Unfortunately, as we got close the waterfall (after about a 30 min super fast hike in drenched clothing and boots full of water) there was caution tape up indicating the trail was closed. We were really angry that we paid money to get in, and nobody told us the trail was closed. We bypassed the tape only to be stopped by someone who said the trail was closed because they were pouring concrete (not right then though because it was raining) and told us we could go back down and take this side trail that was pretty much just mud through the trees (no signs showing where this 'trail' was) but that it would bypass the waterfall anyway and the waterfall would be brown because it had been raining. Feeling totally defeated, we walked back to the beginning of the trail and tried to get our money back, which they refused because they said we could take the other muddy trail (that there were no signs saying where that trail even started???). Overall, I was super disappointed in this experience and it put a damper on our whole trip
Written June 11, 2018
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nomadsunny
South Bend, IN33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
A 3-hr hike, not too strenuous. Great views along the way. We hired a guide who was waiting at the trail entrance ($25 total for two people) and he had good knowledge about the flora and fauna. This hike is well-marked and can certainly be done on your own. I highly recommend to do the waterfall at the end on your way back (save the best for last and it consumes energy). Keep and eye out for wildlife and enjoy the blue river !! Highly recommended
Written June 11, 2014
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Oliveri2010
Thousand Oaks, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Couples
What a beautiful hike through the forest in the Terino Volcano National Park. The waterfall, hot springs and blue lagoon were sights you will never see anywhere else but here. Our guides, Zander and Danbar were excellent and full of interesting information. This is a must do hike if you visit Costa Rica!!
Written June 28, 2012
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Allison C
Belmont, North Carolina, United States77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Family
Muddiest day of my life, but also one of the best days of my life! We began 2014 here, with family, traveling and being active in nature! It's beyond beautiful, but not much trail info out there! It's moderate hiking with some strenuous points that are short lived. We went with a 3 yr old child and a 16 yr old with down syndrome, that both walked the whole way, so it's a do-able hike for almost anyone! Naturally, we were slower than most, with children, but the hike was about 5 hours for us, with us eating lunch and taking in the scenery.

You begin after paying at the entrance, and the first part is paved (which will fool you into thinking it's a piece of cake). Once the path stops its all mud, rocks, and stream crossing FUN hiking! It's one way in/one way out, once you arrive at the waterfall, the trail splits in two. Sort of like a "Y" pattern, not a loop trail as many sites state! Either go left, and down the steps (over 400 steps), to see the waterfall, or go right to continue towards the lookout point, lagoon, hot springs, and the point where the water turns blue (in that order!). We saved the waterfall for last per my family's suggestion who have been before, and that was a GOOD choice b/c those steps will kick your tail!!! You will pass over 3 bridges on the longer path, very picturesque! Once you hit the point where the water turns blue, it's the end of the road and you turn around and head back to where you came from! Passing the bridges, hot springs, lagoon, and lookout once more, until back at the waterfall intersection!

Also, my family had visited a couple years prior and stated there used to be more hot springs, now you only see one area. The trail used to continue further to more, but people were not respecting the forest so they closed the trail down, so you can no longer get to those areas. The one hot spring you pass, would be very awkward to swim in as it RIGHT on the main path and people stop to take pics and feel the water temp. So not a relaxing haven to swim, anymore. PLUS the waterfall is blocked off now too. I'm sure there are side trails to go chomping thru the rainforest to get to it, however, it is not marked or encouraged. We saw no one down in the water.

Beautiful, worth every minute!!
Written January 28, 2014
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Brandy516
San Francisco, CA637 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Couples
Our tour of Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano NP was the last tour of our trip. The entire tour was about 8 hours, 2 hours each way from La Fortuna, hiking time, and about 30 minutes for lunch after the hike.
The hike is amazingly beautiful. We saw toucans, taper tracks, etc. Lots of mosquitos so be prepared! It did rain for a bit on our tour, hense the rainforest, but it wasn't that big of deal. The only downfall of that was the paths became muddy, and some types of the mud were slippery.
The falls were breathtaking, and where the waters meet & turn the milky blue color was awesome. This was by far my fave part of the trip, but my bf did not like the walking (he's lazy lol).
The restaurant for lunch was included in our tour. Restrooms available here. The food was very good. My bf had the shrimp & rice, I had the typico asada. We both enjoyed our lunch. There are 2 juices offered that are inlcuded, soft drinks are available at an additional cost. I cannot remember what juices they were, but we had the green one. I liked it, he did not.
I would not recommend this tour for families with young children, or anybody who has difficulty walking for long periods of time.
Written June 5, 2012
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Alexander K
Haarlem, The Netherlands24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
We visited this national park on the 6th of march 2017.

All over the internet we read stories about the beauty and wildlife people viewed in this park. Also we weren't quiet sure if a trail would lead us to at least the slope of a volcano.

With this we decided to visit and with a lot of national parks in Costa Rica covered, this one is by far the worst. Let me try to explain why.

The park has no more then 2 miles of hiking trails. Forget about all the information on the internet: as of now there is only 1 official entrance and from here 2 miles of trails begin. As you might imagine....it gets really badly crowded. I mean honestly. So little ground to cover but so many visitors!! The ghostly virgin forests are amazing, but the busy crowd spoils the moment. Forget about seeing any wildlife. There were none.
The one trails leads you to some sights and get ready.....you'll be cueing up. Hordes of tourist visitors want to make their selfies and you will be waiting for this.
This is not a true natural hike experience at all!!! Also there was not a single volcano in sight. Big big disappointment.
The park officials should wake up and create much more trails to discover this beautifull area!!
After 90 minutes we were finished and left. Wouldn't recommend this to anybody.
Written March 5, 2017
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Jitender S
66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
I highly recommend going to Rio Celeste in the Volcano Tenorio National Park if you are in Costa Rica - and especially if you are traveling between Arenal and Liberia or Guanacaste. The bluest river and water falls amidst a lush green rainforest we have ever seen. Exactly like the pictures or better. Its a natural wonder - and I could never even imagine that such a natural wonder even existed. We stopped here on the way from the JW Marriott in Guanacaste to La Fortuna in early August 2016.

Approx 3 hours north east from the JW Marriott on the west coast in Guanacaste or 1:30 hours from Liberia or 1:30 hours north west from La Fortuna / Arenal area.

If driving from the west coast or Liberia - you will have to take a detour from the Highway 1 before Canas - on Rt 6 North. Search Rio Celeste Hideway Hotel for your GPS setting. The National Park entrance is a mile before the hotel on the right and you will not miss the signs. Keep in mind that the National Park closes the last entry at 2 pm. So try and aim to get their before 2 pm. The roads are all paved and good EXCEPT for the last 9 km to the park when you get off of Rt 6. The 9 km stretch between Rt 6 and the park entrance can take 40-50 minutes and is very rocky and rough. If you are late and can't enter the National Park - drive a kilometer straight on the road past the National Park entrance and you will come across a bridge over the Rio Celeste river. You can park on the side of the road and hike down to the river. Its an easy 2 min hike down to the river and also easy for the kids. Our 8 year old boy and 12 year old girl did it easily. There is no access to the river in the park but you can access the river and go down to it from the bridge outside the park. The river is not swim friendly - given the slight current and lots of rocks - but you can walk upto knee deep water and on the rocks and get yourself wet in the surreal blue waters. Wear good water shoes or close toed KEEN sandals.

It started raining right when we got there and within minutes the river turned from the amazing turquoise blue to brown and muddy with all the mud leaching into it from the shore. But the rain stopped in 15-20 minutes and the river quickly regained its blue color again in 10-15 minutes.

Recommend getting Lunch at the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel before continuing onwards to Arenal / La Fortuna area which is another 1:30 hours away. Its an excellent and a gorgeous hotel. I wish we had stayed there overnight. They also have a private trail down to the river with a small swimming area in the river. If you are driving to Arenal / La Fortuna area from Rio Celeste - here is a VERY IMPORTANT TIP. The GPS will suggest going East from the park entrance, past the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel and connect to Route 4. Route 4 is all paved and nice but the road from the park connecting to Route 4 is again very very rocky and rough. Google Maps suggests driving about 17 km on this rough road to Route 4. BUT approx 3 km east from the Rio Celeste Hideaway hotel you will come to the first and only cross roads with a paved road crossing you from left to right. Google Maps suggests continuing straight on the unpaved dirt and rocky road for 17 km or so. We are lucky to ask a bunch of villagers at the cross roads and they suggested instead to turn left on the paved road. The paved road is about 15 km extra and also connects to Route 4 though slightly north than where you would connect to Route 4 via the dirt road - but much better than driving on the rocky dirt road for 17 km and you will save time and be much better off taking the paved road. Google Maps doesn't even show that the road exists. But the road exists ! Go figure. Once on Route 4 - turn right and go south to La Fortuna / Arenal. I think its a much easier day trip from Arenal to Rio Celeste and back (with a very small portion of the rough road) than from the Guanacaste beach. But definitely worth a stop and a small detour if traveling between Guanacaste and Arenal. The drive from Rio Celeste to Arenal is also very pretty and scenic through the rainforests and contains. Highly recommend renting an SUV for this drive. You will need a car with high clearance. Download the Google Maps for Offline use on your phone - and you will be good. It will work without any cellular or wifi connection in the offline mode. Keep an eye on the gas tank though, since the gas stations are far and few and only in major towns.

We started at around 9 am in the morning from the JW Marriott and were able to get to La Fortuna by 7:30 pm with stops at Catarata Llanos del Cortés waterfall and Rio Celeste without getting tired or rushing. A true adventure amidst enchanting rainforests that you and the kids are sure to love. Remember to take your camera. You will not want to miss the photo opportunities here.

Pura Vida !
Written August 16, 2016
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