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What I decided to do. Good choices?

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What I decided to do. Good choices?

I'll be getting into San Jose early (5:30 AM) on Monday morning. From there I'll be driving myself to La Fortuna where I'll be spending 3 nights at the Magic Mountain Hotel after which I will be going to Monteverde for 2 nights. This is what I've decided to do during the Fortuna part of the trip:

Day 1(Arrival day): Stop at Catarata Del Toro on the way to La Fortuna from San Jose. Drive the rest of the way to Fortuna and then maybe do the hike to La Fortuna Waterfall, too. We'll be really tired because we just got off an all night flight so I'm not planning on much this day.

Day 2: Lost Canyon canyoneering tours with desafio and then a trip to Venado Caves in the afternoon.

Day 3: Rafting. I've been on some class ii-iii before and was fine, so I was aiming for a class iii-iv trip. Any recommendations on the best company for this? Also planning on contacting Erick with Taraba tours for a night hike of arenal. I could also do this on the night of days 1 or 2.

Any recommendations or changes that you would suggest we make? Am I trying to do to much in not enough time? Thank you!

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1. Re: What I decided to do. Good choices?

We did the one day Pacuare rafting trip with Exploradores Outdoors and it was excellent, class 3-5 and amazing scenery! We had a lot of fun and the guides are very professional and safety is their #1 concern.

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2. Re: What I decided to do. Good choices?

One of the most reputable rafting country with about 35 years experience or more...Rios Tropicales...you can get the day of arrival an early pick up in somewhere around San Jose...around 7am...sleep on the bus and by 10am at the dropp off at Turrialba...run the Pacuare...and then rent a car and go to Arenal or have somebody drive you there or spend the night in Siquirres...just 2 hours away from Arenal.

Try to deal with a good reputable rafting company...it is fun and it is your life also!


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3. Re: What I decided to do. Good choices?

Your itinerary looks great! I would recommend Desafio for the rafting tours, they give one heck of a great tour:)

Hope this helps,

Marina K. Villatoro

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4. Re: What I decided to do. Good choices?

Rios Tropicales is a great company. I believe both RT and Exploradores Outdoors offer the Arenal/San Jose rafting/x-fer option which includes rafting the Pacuare (Class 3-4, or 5 if you want to test in) and getting you from one area to the other.

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