My daughter and I will get into SJO shortly after 3pm. I would like to get to Saint Elena that day (1/26/12) and go out with a guide the next morning. I feel a little intimidated about renting a car--is there a hired car service or good alternative? I have read a lot about buses in CR and I rather like bus travel--but I really want to get to Monteverde that evening without a hitch. Thanks for all the recommendations about guides. We will want to do a canopy tour while there and then perhaps head to Arenal.(I hear things have quieted down there. Still interesting? ) I think we'll spend our beachy time in Corcovado--although transportation there sounds a little tricky, too. We are budget travelers and love the creatures. Any advice welcome. Thanks.