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Best way to see the rainforest

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Best way to see the rainforest

My Fiance and I will be staying at Paradisus Playa Conchal for our honeymoon in October. We are interested in a rainforest tour.

We were in Costa Rica two years ago and we booked a tour through one of the large company's stationed at our resort. We were not at all happy with the tour that we booked. We were taken about ten feet into the rain forest and then around the perimeter and out again.

Can anyone suggest a tour company or guide that can provide us with a more substantial tour? Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Best way to see the rainforest

There are no rain forests particularly close to Paradisus Conchal. The very best is in Monteverde; 4 hours away. I would plan on spending at least one or two nights to really enjoy the area and to break up the drive. You can rent a car, take a private ride or a shared shuttle to get there. The national park is beautiful, also worth taking in are the Hanging Bridges. It's a great place to do zip lining also. I liked the Selvatura Park; a little of everything. You can also hire a guide privately to take you, either when you get to Monteverde or to go along with you.

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2. Re: Best way to see the rainforest

There are two other areas of excellent rainforest that are much closer than Monteverde: Miravalles National Park and Tenorio National Park, both 2 hours or less from Conchal.

Swiss Travel does tours to Tenorio and www.lovingcostarica.com does tours to Miravalles. The Swiss Travel tour to Tenorio goes to the rainforest at Heliconias Lodge, takes about two hours with their guide and then you will have lunch at the Lodge.

If you have a car, you can easily drive to Bijagua to Heliconias Lodge and take their rainforest trail or hire one of their guides to go with you.

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3. Re: Best way to see the rainforest

Also Rincon de la Vieja-Jacamar run great tours from Conchal area.

costa-rica-guide.com/parks/rc_vieja.htm

www.arenaltours.com/index.php…

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4. Re: Best way to see the rainforest

Agree with my amigo DIVER77 the closest CLOUD FOREST from Conchal...Rincon de la Vieja Volcano...as part of the Guanacaste mountain system...also...Miravalles...Tenorio...Arenal...and Rincon de La Vieja...all of them located at CLOUD FOREST ...almost same alltitude...same vegetation...same wild life...

Since Arenal is in full activity is the most popular of all of them...but for example a visit to Rincon de La Vieja can be dome from Conchal in around 3 hours even less...and is a lot ofun..people love the hot mud pools!

But if you nlooking for a lot of fun soft adventure tours...waterfalls...horses...zip lines...canopy...the best is stay overnight in Arenal...taht is real fun! Great Hot Springs as well!

roadadvisor from Costa Rica and IN COSTA RICA!

Edited: 09 September 2010, 06:15
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5. Re: Best way to see the rainforest

Thank you for the replies.

Does anyone know of a good guide that can take us around?

The last time we were in Costa Rica we used Swis Tours but were disappointed by the rigidity of the tour and how brief our time in the rain forest was.

We are looking for something more spontaneous and substantial.

Are there any private guides that will allow us to customize our day?

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6. Re: Best way to see the rainforest

If you want the most flexibility in a customized tour, talk to one of the local tour guides who set up their office on the beach. Ask for Erik, as I have worked with him personally many times. His English is great, so tell him exactly what you want.

This option is not for everybody. It is a cash only proposition, and they will probably ask for a deposit when you book. Everything is negotiable.

You should consider a boat tour on at Palo Verde. This is one of the best (and closest) ways to see lots of nature, birds, monkeys, crocs... Combine it with a stop on the way home at Guaitil where the indigenous pottery is made.

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7. Re: Best way to see the rainforest

We just got from conchal and used Liberia Tours for all the trips, they are very professionals.

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8. Re: Best way to see the rainforest

The best way deal direct with a small local company...one that operate the tours directly...no good idea to deal with a middle person that is going to care only for a commision...and since you have the time...I will follow the advice by DWEISSNJ...he knows the area and is great decent person!

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