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Cut out a night in Arenal to see Monteverde?

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Cut out a night in Arenal to see Monteverde?

We are heading into CR on July 3rd and will be staying in the Los Suenos Marriott for 5 nights and then our plan is to head to Arenal for 3 nights in Hotel El Silencio del Campo.

I was hoping I would be able to get out to Monteverde one morning for a day trip but I realize it is much too long of a drive for one day so now I am considering cutting our time in Arenal down to two nights and spending one night in Monteverde before going to Arenal. The Los Suenos time is set and I can't change that.

Would this be worth it to see the cloud forest or should I just be happy with the wonderful time I will have anyways?

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1. Re: Cut out a night in Arenal to see Monteverde?

Just be happy with the wonderful time You will have anyway and if lucky you will be bitten by a Costa Rica bug and thus next time around you may dedicate proper time to Monteverde - at least three overnights for two full days of excitement in the heart of the Cloud Forest.

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2. Re: Cut out a night in Arenal to see Monteverde?

I would not cut Arenal down to 2 nights. That's not enough time there. You will have a great trip and enjoy Silencio del Campo. It's a great place. :-)

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3. Re: Cut out a night in Arenal to see Monteverde?

If you are really into, bugs, plants, birds, nice hikes, etc...cutting one nigth in Arenal can be worth it...but just to visit Monteverde for one night just to see it...it is not worth it...

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4. Re: Cut out a night in Arenal to see Monteverde?

I think you guys are right, I would be adding an extra 4 hours of travel time to the end of my trip to spend 1 night in Monteverde. I really want to see the cloud forest but I think it will be too much work and I should be happy with our destinations and start to think about our activities while we are there rather than adding more destinations.

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5. Re: Cut out a night in Arenal to see Monteverde?

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