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Ditch San Jose and go to Arenal instead?

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Ditch San Jose and go to Arenal instead?

Ok so we're booked on a 'package deal' type tour for later this year. This includes 2 nights in San Jose (we arrive late on the first night), 2 nights in Monteverde, 2 nights in Ricon De La Vieja then the last 3/4 nights in Tamarindo. On the trip we have included; a city tour in San Jose, hanging bridges walk in Monteverde and a choice of Canyon Canopy Zip Lines, Horseback riding or Rio Negro River Tubing in Ricon De La Vieja. ( even though I would like to do all three!)

I have already thought about booking a boat and snorkelling trip when we get to Tamarindo but what other activites would be suggest are a 'must do'?

One thing I'm very disappointed about us that it does not include Arenal and as I've read a lot of reviews saying there's not a great deal to see in San Jose, I wondered if it's worth leaving the tour to head up there for the first 2 nights then rejoining the rest of the tour after? What is everyone's opinions on this? I am mainly there to see the nature side of things and do more adventurous activites too!

Thanks :)

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1. Re: Ditch San Jose and go to Arenal instead?

For nature and adventure, definitely ditch San Jose and go to Arenal. It has everything. Look here for more information: www.arenal.net and here: www.fortunawelcome.com

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2. Re: Ditch San Jose and go to Arenal instead?

Agree with Hattie, ditch and go. Contact Desafio up that way, most of the tours listed on Arenal.net are booked through Desafio anyway - http://www.desafiocostarica.com/

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3. Re: Ditch San Jose and go to Arenal instead?

If you're into rivers and adventure, why not do a whitewater rafting tour of the Pacuare on your full day in San Jose? The rainforest gorgeousness on the Pacuare will exceed anything you see in Arenal. Not that Arenal doesn't have some lovely rainforest areas, but the Pacuare is unbelievable.

Just about every reputable rafting operator will pick you up in San Jose.

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4. Re: Ditch San Jose and go to Arenal instead?

Great idea by racandee. Many visitors have to spend the 1st night in San Jose or Alajuela near the airport anyway because their flights arrive too late to make it to Arenal that 1st day. Yes you could go on to Arenal on the morning of day 2 for a one-night stay, but it might be far more fun to spend that day on the Pacuare whitewater rafting. Gorgeous river canyon and the best whitewater in Costa Rica.

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