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Riu Palace

wilmington, ohio
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Riu Palace

Is an excursion to Monteverde completely out of reach? I've been told the roads are horrid and traffic is very slow.

What excursions are available from the Rui? and are they reasonable? should we book before we arrive?

anyone have a great tour operator they'd like to promote????


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1. Re: Riu Palace

Monteverde is about 5 hrs each way so no, not doable. The RIU is a very remote resort.

Although you can do trips to Rincon de le Vieja volcano/NP I believe.

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RIU has a tour desk on site (run by Hotelbeds). They do offer one day excursions to Montverde and Arenal, but its a very long day with at least 6 hours in bus time. As David E mentions below, its probably better to look at some of the tour activities in the Rincon de la Vieja and Tenorio areas, which are much closer to where you are staying. Hacienda Guachipelin and Buena Vista offer great full day adverture packages with horseback riding, hot springs, zip lines and tubing/water activities (depending on the package). Jacamar is a great local company in the area. HattieCostaRica has a good comprehensive list, I'm sure she'll post when she sees this.

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I'm amazed that this didn't flag the normal reaction whenever the Riu resort is brought up....no need to book trips ahead of time. I stayed at the Riu in April....booked everything either thru the hotel or on the beach. The beach (Eriks Tours) will yield a better price, but I think he was cash only...either way you'll be fine.

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