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The tours or on our own?

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The tours or on our own?

My husband and I will be in Playa Hermosa at the end of Feb for a week. We plan on doing some adventure tours (wildlife, river rafting) but we also want to rent a car the whole time. The issues with the tour companies is that they pick you up and drive you to the various locations. Is there anyway we could drive to each place and get guides there? or do we have to ride with them?

Thanks!

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1. Re: The tours or on our own?

Of course you can do it on your own. When you get to Buena Vista for example there are guides for the horses, guides for the zip lines etc. At Palo Verde (a little trickier to find), you can pay extra for a guide. If it's the national park then there may or may not be guides there waiting. It depends on where you're going. The advantage of having an escorted tour is that you get to learn a lot about what you're seeing along the way and ask questions. The driver has to concentrate on driving and will miss things that he would otherwise see as a passenger. A good guide/driver will stop at places of interest that you wouldn't otherwise never know was there. You could hire a guide for the day but in high season they're hard to come by.

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2. Re: The tours or on our own?

With one exception, I'd say you can do the tours on your own.

The exception is the Palo Verde boat tour...it's really, really worth doing for the amount of wildlife you see, but it's a little tricky to find your way there. The guides generally bring you there, and then take you to a local lunch place afterwards which has good, authentic Tico food.

Try to leave for tours early in the morning, so that you're back to your hotel before dark. Driving at night is not recommended!

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Some you can do on your own like drive to Buena Vista or Hacienda gauachipelin in the Rincon de La vieja and do their combo tour, go to the Rio Celeste, Santa Rosa park, others like rafting you need to book with a company.

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Rent a car and go on your own!!!

I will give you 2 phone numbers for guides that can do Monteverde, Palo Verde, Rincon de la Vieja and Arenal:

Alejandro +506-88179540

Javier +506-8640-3743

They can go with you to different areas on your car.

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5. Re: The tours or on our own?

Thanks for your help. I think we'll try to at least get to a lot of places on our own and maybe only have to ride with a tour for the river rafting. I get pretty car sick so I can't be in the back of a van for too long.

Thanks for your help!

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Tico tours Guanacaste was amazing. They are highly rated and can get you anywhere you need to go.

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