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More time in near Arenal or Monteverde?

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More time in near Arenal or Monteverde?

I am leading a group of 8 students 4 adults and 1 child to Costa Rica in April and we are finalizing our itinerary. We are planning to visit Arenal, Monteverde, and Samara. My goal is to keep the teenagers busy with exciting activities. Would we be better off spending more time in Arenal or Monteverde? Thanks in advance for any replies.

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1. Re: More time in near Arenal or Monteverde?

Arenal is offering more diverse activities then Monteverde, specially for teenagers.

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La Fortuna offers much more to do than Monteverde...Monteverde is beautiful but I was there 2 nights and felt that was enough time. In La Fortuna you've got the lake (kayaking, boat rides, fishing, wake boarding, etc), hikes, zip lines, rapelling down waterfalls, white water river rafting, pools & hot springs, the list is endless! You also might want to check out Proyecto Asis wildlife rescue: http://www.proyectoasis.com. Have fun!

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Dear mary...

We drive and spend more time with our students groups around Arenal...a ot more to do...BUT...if your group is very much into insects...hikes...birds...nice views...I will spend more time around Monteverde...with kids and with my expereince driving them around they like it better more time around Arenal!!


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4. Re: More time in near Arenal or Monteverde?

Since you say exciting activities, I'd vote for Arenal. Check out ziplining at Sky Trek and go white water rafting, do the waterfall hike and swim at the base, visit Tabacon or Eco Termales. One thing we've been eyeing but haven't had a chance to do yet is the Venado Caves - looks very fun! The Cano Negro tour with Sunset Tours is a nice way to see wildlife. We've also done the Penas Blancas river float and enjoyed it. Monteverde seems to skew a little older, lots of die hard birders go there although you can find some adventure activities there as well.

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