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Boat Transfer between Monteverde and La Fortuna

1. Boat Transfer between Monteverde and La Fortuna

Add a little adventure to your transportation needs between Monteverde and La Fortuna and avail of a transfer that includes an informative boat tour across Lake Arenal. Get spectacular views of Arenal Volcano and the cloud forests of Monteverde as you travel by van and boat. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure in either direction to suit your schedule, and relax in the knowledge that your luggage will be taken care of on every step of the journey. Depart La Fortuna and travel to Lake Arenal by van. Then, take a 30-minute boat ride to the town of Río Chiquito before continuing to Monteverde by van. For departures from Monteverde, travel to Lake Arenal by van. Cross Lake Arenal on an enlightening 30-minute boat ride to the earthen dam, and then continue to La Fortuna by van for drop off at your hotel.

From San José: Monteverde Hanging Bridges Day Trip

2. From San José: Monteverde Hanging Bridges Day Trip

Your tour begins in the morning with pickup in the San José area. Then travel towards the northern part of the country on a very scenic drive, with great views of beautiful mountain ranges, local towns and farms, and the Pacific coast. On the way to Monteverde, enjoy multiple stops. Learn about local fruits at the largest fruit stand of the country. Explore a place where several monkeys are normally observed in the wild at a very close range. Photograph amazing landscapes from a lookout point. Once in Monteverde, savor a delicious lunch and then proceed to do the amazing hanging bridges tour in the cloud forest. Hike with your guide for two to three hours, admiring the beauties of this rare ecosystem and searching for the local wildlife, including monkeys, emerald toucans, coatimundis, and the rare resplendent quetzal, the most beautiful bird of Costa Rica. This hike is approximately 3km (1.9 miles) long and is mostly on flat terrain with a few mild climbs.  Late in the afternoon, return to your accommodation in San José or to your accommodation in central Monteverde. 

San Jose: Monteverde Sky Tram & Hanging Bridges Day Tour

3. San Jose: Monteverde Sky Tram & Hanging Bridges Day Tour

Discover the lush Cloud Forests of Monteverde on this Sky Tram and Hanging Bridges trip from San Jose. Travel to the Northern Highlands of Costa Rica on a very scenic ride where you will get great views of mountains, farms, local towns and the Coast of the Puntarenas Province. See the largest fruit stand of the country, where you will see a large variety of tropical fruits. Visit the “Monkey Lady House” and several white-faced monkeys at very close range. Once in Monteverde, savor a delicious lunch and then proceed to ride on the Sky Tram, with great views of the whole Monteverde-Santa Elena area. Spend about 15-20 minutes at the highest look-out point, and then ride the Tram down for about 15 minutes.  Then, walk on the amazing Sky Walk Hanging Bridges in the Cloud Forest, where you will hike with your expert naturalist guide for about 2-3 hours, learning interesting aspects of the flora and fauna of this rare and endangered ecosystem.

Mega Mix Adventure Tour

4. Mega Mix Adventure Tour

This all-in-one combination of pure adrenaline is perfect for all thrill-seekers. After you had been equipped with all necessary equipment you will enjoy a short walk through the jungle to the starting point. All activities happen on site and will be lead by experienced guides. You can test your balance and try to overcome gravity during a high ropes course with 17 elements. Multiple logs, poles, and structures are waiting for you to overcome them. Then, fly like a bird on 8 zip line cables and enjoy panoramic mountain views. The route will take your breath away. You will also be able to have a go on a rappel and swing like Tarzan through the jungle. Finally, fly like Superman for 750m over the tree tops and admire unique views over the Gulf of Nicoya. Once you complete your scenic tour you will return to the company grounds where you can enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch at the restaurant.

Montevede: Jungle Zipline & Rappel Experience with Transfer

5. Montevede: Jungle Zipline & Rappel Experience with Transfer

What you'll do Zip line through one of the most breath taking views in Monteverde, this extreme experience offers views to a waterfall, 14 cables of zip line, 5 of them are extremely long: 467 mts, 425 mts, 600 mts, 750 mts, 1 kilometer and height between 75 mts and 150 mts. Total distance 4KM For no additional cost you will also enjoy: -Rappel (30 mts) -Tarzan Swing -Superman cable of 1 km -Subterranean Superman:175 mts long -21 platforms. -Insurance. DON"T MISS THIS BREATHTAKING EXPERIENCE

La Fortuna Bird Watching Tour with Naturalist Guide

6. La Fortuna Bird Watching Tour with Naturalist Guide

See Costa Rica's amazing variety of bird life on this birdwatching tour from La Fortuna. Depending on the season, and the best birding options available, either head up near the Arenal Volcano by the Arenal Lake, or visit the El Silencio Nature Reserve or Finca Luna Nueva. The elusive tropical birds of Costa Rica are best spotted in the morning, so you'll rise early and begin your jungle adventure in the morning. Spot all kinds of wildlife, like toucans, parrots, oropendolas, colorful tanagers, or wild parakeets. Your guide will help you spot species such as Royal Flycatchers, White-fronted Nunbirds, and Cinnamon Woodpeckers, discussing each variety with you and marking them down in your guide book.

Monteverde: Mountain Bike Rugged Trail Lake cross to Arenal

7. Monteverde: Mountain Bike Rugged Trail Lake cross to Arenal

Explore Costa Rica's diverse natural environment with a guide as you travel from Monteverde to La Fortuna. Experience what's considered the best route to mountain bike in Costa Rica. You'll ride on trails that run through farmlands, close to the jungle, and along the base of mountains and hills. Start your unforgettable voyage as you pedal on a gravel road that stretches 24 km in total.  An excellent opportunity to challenge your limits as you start off from Rio Chiquito and bike cross different streams and the Caño Negro River.  Get sweeping views of the Arenal Volcano as you pass rainforest, rural farmlands, and wildlife while biking along the largest lake in Costa Rica, Lake Arenal. Have the chance to see different kinds of monkeys, toucans, coatimundis, and more. There'll always be a support vehicle nearby giving you further assistants throughout this amazing outdoor activity. Make this madness dirt road mountain biking trail a perfect sport for people of all ages and all skill levels including athletic backgrounds. After a day full of nature, adventure, and delicious snacks, you’ll be taken to your next destination in a vehicle directly to Arenal so you can fully relax and enjoy the ride.

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What people are saying about Monteverde

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 81 reviews

Fernando went out of his way to make sure the group had a great experience. He's knowledgable and engaging. I learnt a lot about Costa Rica from him. The local guide at Monteverde was also excellent - you could tell he's an expert and knows each and every corner of the forest. Then the guide we got on the way up to the cloud forest couldn't care less but we didn't really need him there - the views! ( I mean - the clouds! :D ) Overall, I recommend that tour! Fernando picked me up on time, and was really good managing some issues on the way back. The lunch was tasty, our group was small.

Juan était très gentil et aidant. La route pour se rendre aux suspendus est un peu longue. Par contre, nous avons fait quelques arrêts forts intéressants.

The experience was seemless and flawless. The driver pointed out toucans as we drove and then helped us with our luggage onto the boat.

The van pickup was prompt. The boat trip was relaxing and scenic. The van trip to Monteverde was comfortable and informative.

Our guide, Oscar, was amazing! He was very knowledgeable, friendly, and easy going. Well worth the money.