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Trip Report Arenal November 2012

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Trip Report Arenal November 2012

We stayed three nights at Hotel El Silencio del Campo in November 2012. The hotel grounds are beautiful and on our first morning, we had a great view of Arenal Volcano. On the other days, clouds covered the volcano. The cabins are spacious, clean and quiet. The hotel has its own hot springs. The food in general was really good and we very much enjoyed both, breakfast and dinner. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay there again.

On our first full day, we went on a private 3 in 1 tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall and volcano hike with Erick ( www.tarabatours.com ). It was amazing. Erick is a fabulous guide with a tremendous knowledge of the local flora and fauna and we really enjoyed being on a private tour. We saw lots of different birds, an agouti family, several coaties, peccaries, monkeys, a sloth, two snakes, a tarantula and all kinds of bugs. I highly recommend doing a tour with him.

In the evening, we drove into town and had dinner at Don Rufino. The service and the atmosphere were very good. My husband had Grandma’s chicken and I had pasta with veggies. Both were very tasty. Even though it’s a bit pricey, the restaurant is worth a visit.

On our second day we went ziplining with Sky Trek in the morning. It rained a little bit, but that wasn’t a problem. It's a great experience and really fun. The lines are fast and high. The guides were very professional and we felt safe at any time. We drove to La Fortuna and had lunch at Soda La Parada. The food was good and afterwards we walked around town and did some shopping. In the late afternoon it started raining harder and we went to Ecotermales. A lovely place and very relaxing. The rain felt good while soaking in the hot springs.

On our third day, we drove to the Venado Caves, about one hour from our hotel. We left early in order to be back around noon and move on to our next destination. We payed $ 20 per person, including guide and gear (helmet and headlamp). We spent about 1.5 hours in the cave. Saw lots of bats and also some cave crickets and spiders. We crawled through tunnels and waded through streams and had lots of fun. We got completely dirty and soaked and were glad we had brought a change of clothes and towels. The caves are fun and worth seeing if you are not claustrophobic.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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1. Re: Trip Report Arenal November 2012

Thank you nice post..thank also for the nice short explanation ..about Venado caves...no for me...but nice to know!

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2. Re: Trip Report Arenal November 2012

Thanks, Bretta, for this hopefully first short but sweet report.

San Diego...
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3. Re: Trip Report Arenal November 2012

Thanks for the report.

I'll be at the Silencio del Campo for 3 nights next month! Glad you had a great time. Looking forward to the stay.

Pura Vida!

San Jose, Costa Rica
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4. Re: Trip Report Arenal November 2012

Rob...you will love Silencio...incredible nice people...good breakfats...and the hot springs kind of pool is great...perfect to seat there and have the IRS worry trying to figure it out where Rob may be!

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Grecia, Costa Rica
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5. Re: Trip Report Arenal November 2012

Nice report, thanks for taking the time to post for others.

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6. Re: Trip Report Arenal November 2012

roadadvisor,

Haha. Yea sounds like a place that once you experience you won't want to leave.

Since Silencio has their own hot springs do you still recommend checking out Tabacon? Will it be any different? I assume it would be more crowded.

boston, ma
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7. Re: Trip Report Arenal November 2012

Did several tours with Erick a couple of years back and I agree - he is excellent!!. My favorite was the night hike.

Virginia
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8. Re: Trip Report Arenal November 2012

We are leaving Saturday for CR and will be at Silencio for 3 nights also - also have Erick reserved for a hike - can't decide if we should do the 3 in 1 like mentioned here, or the Rio Celeste. We will be doing a lot of driving from Samara - Arenal - Manuel Antonio during our 13 days but Rio celeste really looks nice -- anyone with thoughts?

Scottsdale, Arizona
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9. Re: Trip Report Arenal November 2012

Rob i recommend you try tabacon as there may lots of machas waiting for you there! pura vida!

Paris, Canada
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10. Re: Trip Report Arenal November 2012

I will be leaving for Costa Rica on February 5th, 2013. This is my first time travelling to Costa Rica. We will be staying Mawamba Lodge, Arenal Volcano area, monteverde, and Manuel Antonio Beach...we will be doing a couple of canal tours while at the Mawamba Lodge, as well we will be doing an Arenal Volcano hike tour and baldi hot springs, the Selvatura Canopy Tour as well as a tour of TipicoEl Trapiche, lastly we will be doing a Manual Antonio National Park Hike Tour.

All is so exciting. Was wondering if anyone has done any of the above. How is travelling in Costa Rica...we will have private transfers between each of the places as part of the tour.

Safety in Costa Rica?

Any additional tips, comments are greatly appreciated

Brenda

Edited: 11:05 am, December 28, 2012