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Drive Times

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Drive Times

Need some help on drive times.

We will be leaving Arenal around 10 am in March and I want to get into Monteverde cloud forest reserve for a 1:30 hike. Want to do a night hike same day. Planning on doing Selvatura Park the next day and heading out for Manuel Antonio around 4 PM.

Is this possible or am I being too ambitious/reckless. Obviously want to drive safe. We will have a 4 wheel drive if that matters.

On a side note, should I buy tickets for the Selvatura zip line and bridges in advance or are tickets readily available when you show up at the park.

Thanks in advance for the info.


Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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1. Re: Drive Times

Probably too ambitious, given the amount of time it takes to get around that area.

Look here: www.yourtravelmap.com

Playa Conchal...
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2. Re: Drive Times

I'd recommend at least an extra hour for the first journey.

Much easier and safer to do the second journey in the daytime. I'd recommend leaving after lunch to try to get to Manuel Antonio before dark.

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3. Re: Drive Times

It will take you a good 4 hours to drive from La Fortuna to Monteverde and it's an exhausting trip because the last hour on that road is super bumpy. I would suggest you do your night hike that night and then do an early am hike the next day.

Hope that helps a bit!


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4. Re: Drive Times

No problema from Arenal to Monteverde no more than 3 hours...no less that 2...I drive around there all the time...I drove it today...and the road from Arenal to Tilaran around the lake is great and good shape...from Tilaran to Santa Elena just drive slow...not a big deal...and with a 4x4 even better...no more than 3 hours...


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