We drove to the caves after leaving Arenal and on our way to Rincon De La Vieja National Park. We drove the back way to Rincon and it was a beautiful drive without having to back track!!!
When my husband and I drove up to the cave, we were met by the guide and told what to expect. We payed our $20ish(?) fee, got our boots and helmets and off we went! Our guide was great. There was lots of climbing. Some of the areas we had to climb up and down I thought he had to be joking, but with his help we did it without problems.
There are a few big spiders and bats flying around everywhere! I loved it! This isn't like any tour at home. I'm pretty sure most of it wouldn't be allowed which is exactly why it is so fun!
Make sure to bring tip $. They work hard to show you a good time. Honestly, I am surprised the entrance fee is so cheap. I was glad we didn't pay for a tour to take us. We didn't have to be in a big group. It was just the two of us which made it special.
Driving directions for LaFortuna that I'm pretty sure I got from someone else's post:
you should take towards El Tanque town, then turning north to Monterrey until get the small town of Jicarito, then turning left where soon you will be in the Venado town to take a graved road of 3 km to get to the Venado Caves.
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