We are staying at the Monteverde Lodge for 3 nights, and are trying to organize our activity plans since there are so many options available. Here is what we have planned so far:
Day 1: Arrive approximately 11 AM – Noon from Arenal via jeep/boat/jeep. We want to arrive at the Children’s Eternal Rainforest between 3:30 and 4:00 to have time to explore before the twilight tour.
Day 2: Monteverde Reserve first thing in the morning. Hiking approx. 4-5 hours? Rest of day open.
Day 3: Santa Elena Reserve, followed by canopy tour and walkways (Skytrek/Skywalk or Selvatura).
We would like to do some horseback riding – perhaps a sunset tour with a view to the Gulf of Nicoya. We may want to see the Ecological Farm one afternoon/evening (if we don’t see much wildlife at Children’s Eternal Rainforest & aren’t burnt out on hiking). We would like to do a little shopping for local artwork.
1. We are considering doing a little exploring and shopping on day 1 during the 3-4 hours we will have free before we need to be at the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. Based on the map, it looks like it is about a 2-3 km walk between our hotel and CER. Would this be a pleasant walk with restaurants and shopping, or should we have a taxi drop us off at some point closer to CER?
2. Which are the best galleries/shops for local art with decent prices, and where are they located?
3. Which companies offer the best horseback tours?
4. We were going to do the canopy tour first thing in the morning on day 3 so there would be less chance of rain, but some of the reviews have said to do hiking first because you don’t feel like doing anything after the canopy tour – I’d appreciate any insight on this timing issue.
I’d appreciate any suggestions on the best way to organize our activities, or whether we are trying to squeeze too much into 3 days. TIA!