Our Costa Rica consultant recommended Rio Celest instead of Monteverde. We told her we like to be away from too much touristy development like we saw around Manuel Antonio. She said we will see more animals in Rio Celeste. pura vida national park, heliconia hanging bridges than Monteverde. Is that likely to be true? How does the rainforest of Monteverde compare to San Geraldo de Dota where we went last year? Is Rio Celeste really turquoise? We are thinking of the Rio Celeste Hidaway Lodge.