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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 30, 2015
Retiring to Monteverde...  (2 Answers)

How is the real estate in Monteverde? I have searched online and have not found a lot of real estate properties there? Where can I find out more information on that?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2015
MONTEVERDE activies  (2 Answers)

We will be in the Monteverde area for 2.5 days in May and want to do these activities: zip line/canopy tour, see the cloud forest and walk the hanging bridges. Can that all be done at Selvatora Park or should we do each thing independently at different locations? I don't mind going to three different places to have the best experience. So.... which is the best canopy tour? Which are the best hanging bridges (I am assuming there is more than one place in the area to do this). Is there something else that we should do in this area (no frog or snake tours)? Thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 09, 2015
Spanish + Adventure in Monteverde?  (2 Answers)

Hello, looking for adventure in the area of Monteverde, Costa Rica: zip lining, hanging bridges, natural tours, bird watching, I'd even dare to some bongie. Lookin' to improve my Spanish as well. Can anyone recommend a good place to stay? Thank you, Susan.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 12, 2014
Weather in Monteverdi mid November ?  (5 Answers)

We will travel here mid November, can we expect much rain, or will it be mostly dry ?
Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2014
Driving from Tortuguero to Monteverde via rental car  (5 Answers)

What is the easiest way to get to Monteverde from Tortuguero with a rental car?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2014
lodging close to arenal volcano and monteverde cloud forest  (3 Answers)

where to stay for a reasonable price and drive time between the two places?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 01, 2012
Veggie Lunch Monteverde

Can anyone suggest a good spot for a veggie lunch near the El Establo Hotel in Monteverde? I've read good and bad about Stella's Bakery.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2012
Monteverde In February/March  (1 Answer)

Planning a Costa Rica tour for Feb/Mar and plan to visit Arenal and Monteverde. What's the weather like?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 05, 2011
Hotel close to ziplining places?

Hi,

We're only going to be in Monteverde for one day - arriving in the morning and departing the following morning. We don't want to waste a lot of time going to/from stuff, so what are some hotels that are right by the cloud forest so that we can go ziplining, etc. shortly after checking in?

Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2010
How many nights in Monteverde?  (5 Answers)

Hi. I am planning for a trip to Costa Rica for next year. What would be the ideal number of nights for the Monteverde/Arenal Area?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2010
Zip lining in Monteverde vs. Manual Antonio  (1 Answer)

Hello,
Can anyone tell me what the difference between zip lining in Monteverde vs. Manual Antonio would be? We are sort of pressed for time in Monteverde and would prefer to do a hike to experience the wildlife and maybe spend some time on the suspension bridges. We would love to zip line, but are we missing out if we do it somewhere else rather than Monteverde?
Any input is appreciated!

Thanks,
Andrea


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2010
Monteverde to Montezuma

Hello Travelers,
I am looking to find the most efficient way (time and expense-wise) to get from Monteverde to Montezuma. It looks to me like most of the bus options are once a day and in the morning. Does anyone know of any options that leave in the early afternoon? Affordable travel options are always appreciated! I am open to most modes of transportation, i.e. bus, shuttle, rental car, ferry, etc? From what I have read so far, I should expect around 5 and a half hours for travel time? Definitely looking for an afternoon departure!
Thank you in advance for your thoughts & suggestions!

Andrea


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 11, 2009
Day trip Arenal to Monteverde- Please Help!  (4 Answers)

Trying to work a day trip from arenal to Monteverde.
We want to work it that we leave our arenal hotel early am and get to Monteverde to do a guided hike and bridges....
[we probably don't have time for a zipline but maybe somewhere else is just as impressive... near playa conchal or in arenal??]

I know to go and return to arenal in a day is a lot but please someone help us make it happen!!!
We have the idea we can do it but we have had no tour operator to help us make a day schedule.

Please help!!!!!! Please tell us it is possible too haha ;))


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2009
Transportation from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio  (2 Answers)

We are planning on visiting Monteverde in March. What is the best way of getting to Manuel Antonio from Monteverde? Around how much does it cost? Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 17, 2008
getting from Monteverde to Tortuguero  (7 Answers)

We are planning on visiting CR in Aug. and are planning on visiting Tortuguero, Arenal and Monteverde. We are a family of 4 with 2 kids. We were wondering if it is possible to travel from Tortuguero to Monteverde without having to go back to San Jose?

Thanks. Terri


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 08, 2008
Hotels  (1 Answer)

Does anyone have an expierence in staying at Hotel Don Taco or Pie de Monte? Do you know if they are on the bus route?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 02, 2008
Ziplining  (3 Answers)

We are going to be in Monteverde at the end of December and would like to go ziplining while we are there. Is there a specific company that we should look into? Should we make a reservation in advance since it is high season? Any other suggested activities? We will be there for two days.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 29, 2008
Transportation from Monteverde to Samara?  (1 Answer)

Trying to find a way to get from Monteverde to the coast by Samara. If I do the bus from there, where would it go? Seems everything I've found goes to or from San Jose.

Is there a bus schedule/routes on-line somewhere? I can't seem to find one anywhere.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 08, 2008
Best Night Hike?  (2 Answers)

We plan to do a night time hike while we're in Monteverde and are wondering about your experiences with the various options. There are night hike options in the Children's Forest, at Selvatura, and in the Montana Forest (booked through a homestay organization) that we know about.

Any experiences you can share?

Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2008
Affordable Accommodation?  (2 Answers)

We're going to spend a couple of days in Monteverde and need an affordable place to stay. I would prefer a small hotel/B&B. Hostel would do as long as there are individual rooms as opposed to dorm style. Our max budget is40-50 per night for two people.
Since we're not renting a car I would prefer somewhere closer to the site.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 12, 2008
Arco Iris or Trapp Family lodge?  (5 Answers)

Which lodge do you think would be better for 2 nights? Arco Iris or Trapp family? We are stumped. I liked the fact that Arco iris is next to the town and the price seems very reasonable, although after looking at the town in photos, the town really doesnt look all that appealing, but I could be wrong. We will have a rental car to get to town if we choose the Trapp Family Lodge. I like that Trapp has its own restaurant, cable tv and a nice view from the mountain suites, but then I hear it's very cold and windy. The problem I find with Arco Iris is that there are no screens on the windows and I dont know if that is going to be a big problem or not. Hopefully someone can help me make a decision, Im so confused.




Would love to hear your input. Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2007
Cabanas La Pradera  (1 Answer)

I'm planning on booking our last three nights at Cabanas La Pradera in Monteverde in mid-May. Has anyone stayed here before? They offer fully equipped rustic cabins that look super cute online. The price is a steal too!

Our only concern is getting to San Jose on our last day around 12pm. Our flight departs at 3pm. Does anyone see any big problems getting to San Jose in time to catch our flight?

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2007
weather

We are considering a trip to Costa Rica in June, but are concerned about going during the rainy season. Does anyone have experience traveling in Costa Rica at this time? Any advice?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2006
Transport from Monteverde to Tamarindo/Coco?  (4 Answers)

Im trying to figure out how to get from Monteverde to Tamarindo in the afternoon. Looks like the bus leaves only in the morning. Even Interbus or Grayline.
Thinking about taking a taxi to Tilaran and catching the public bus to liberia from there and then on to the beach.
Anyone know a better way?
Or how much a taxi from Monteverde to Tilaran would cost?
I know that we could just get a private minibus for the whole trip that leaves whenever we want but thats like100. A bit too much.
Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 28, 2006
Vista Verde or Sapo Dorado?  (2 Answers)

Where is better to stay with 2 children?

Lonely Planet says Vista verde is the best but reviews complain about bad electricity and problems with hot water.

I am confused. Does anybody have an opinion?
Sapo Dorado is40 a night more but it is not important.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 06, 2006
Arenal to Monteverde  (2 Answers)

Hello-
What is the best way to get from Arenal to Monteverde?
Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2006
bartering  (3 Answers)

HI
This is a general question about shopping in CR, do you barter as in Mexico?
Thanks for help we are heading to CR in 5 days.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 07, 2005
Directions from Monteverde to Quepos?  (2 Answers)

I've got a rental car. Does anyone have any good directions from Monteverde to Quepos? I appreciate the help! Misty


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 14, 2004
places for running (training) around Monteverde  (2 Answers)

We will be staying in San Luis for about 10 days over the Chirstmas/New Year's holidays. Our son is a competitive runner on a track team and has a training regimen he is supposed to be following during the period we will be staying in San Luis. I think part of the plan is to work on some improvement during the period he is away from school. I received the following email from him. "I'm a little worried about fitting in runs down there. It's gonna be tougher cause I'm supposed to do some workouts there--tempo runs of a couple miles where it would be helpful to have miles marked (he normally keeps track of his time for each mile and has different target times for each mile of the run), and then some shorter stuff it would be nice to have a track for. I'm guessing I'll have to just go by feel and time." Do you have any thoughts regarding where/how he might best be able to accomplish this or whether he might be able to get some information/suggestions from someone there? Presently his longer run each day is about 7-9 miles. As I recall the Santa Elena/Monteverde road is relatively level. He might hire a taxi one time 9we won't have a car) and use the odometer to get some visual distance markers along the Santa Elena road. I don't think he is too concerned about these issues as he feels he is in pretty good shape and that he will probalby be fine as long as he keeps up his shape even if he can't exactly follow the training plan his coach has for him. Bill


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 03, 2004
What tip is appropriate for guides in Monteverde?  (8 Answers)

Hi, we just returned from Costa Rica, and we had such a wonderful time! We went on a 3 hour tour in the morning at Monteverde, and our guide was terrific. However, I didn't know what I should give him for a tip! What is a good tip for 2 people (as a part of a larger group) to give to a guide at Monteverde? I heard previously that5 per person for a day is a good tip for any tour in Costa Rica, but this tour was only15 per person, so5 seemed percentage-wise like a large tip, but I wasn't sure. Also, do you know if people ever tip at the Frog Pond or Butterfly Garden? I didn't see anyone else tip, so I didn't either, but I would have been happy to give a small tip there too. Everywhere we went, our guides were very knowledgeable and fun. If you have any input, I just thought I'd ask, as other people who travel there may be wondering the same thing. Cheers,



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