4,787 ft
1,540 ft
73.15 mi

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near Palma, Alajuela (Costa Rica)

Car trip from Foruna city (next to the Arenal volcano) to Monteverde. Unpaved roads for the last 20 miles or so; expect holes, landslides and steep sections. In rainy season I recommend to do this trip on a AWD vehicle. Although tough for driving, you'll enjoy a beautiful scenery and landscapes along the road up to Monteverde.
Mooring point


In hot weather, this is a perfect spot to take a bath


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    StephaneD Dec 13, 2008

    Hi Montse, do you know if it is possible to go to Monteverde from the Arenal area without going around the Arenal lake. In other words, is there is a road from Rancho Margott to Monteverde since there is only 6.5 km between the Ranch and Santa Elena reserve.


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    Montse Dec 20, 2008

    Hi Stephane,

    I'm sorry but I only know this road, but maybe in this site you could have more information: http://www.arenal.net/tour/monteverde.htm or I'm sure that the friendly guys at Rancho Margott may tell you. If you are planning to rent a car and drive by yourself, go for a AWD/4x4 and I highly recomend to use the main roads, it rains a lot and there is a lot of mud even in the touristic 'roads'. You can feel the pure nature everywhere! By the way, if you go to Arenal don't lose the Tabacón Hot Springs (at night if possible)!


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    StephaneD Dec 20, 2008

    Thanks for your feedback, I've sent an email to Rancho Margot and will report the answer here. Tabacon is DEFINITIVELY on my list. I went in Costa Rica in 97 and I have learned the [very] hard way that a car is not very useful in this area; vive le 4x4.

    Cheers !

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    StephaneD Dec 20, 2008

    Here is the road I am looking for:

    From Costa Rica

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    StephaneD Dec 21, 2008

    This is what the guy from Rancho Margot replied: Hi Stephane, It may be passable in March, it is not now because of heavy rains. It should be a good 4X4. Regards, Juan

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    dvdpeit Sep 28, 2009

    Hola Monste, realmente se tardan 7 horas. Tengo que hacer un recorrido muy parecido a finales de Octubre y quisiera saber el tiempo que nos puede llevar.
    Saludos, David

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    Montse Oct 3, 2009

    Hola David

    Disculpa la tardanza. Si, si, realmente se tarda mucho mas de lo previsto. Tienes que contar que la naturaleza se vive al 100%.No suele haber vías alternativas y por la carretera pasa todo el tráfico: coches, autocares, camiones y otros, hay muchas curvas, pasando por zonas montañosas con despeñaderos de miedo sin protección, y lo mas imprevisible, puede llover bastante y te puedes encontrar mucho mucho lodo en rampas de subida o bajada. Es toda una aventura. Pero aún así, si vas de vacaciones recomiendo alquilar un coche, viajar con luz de día y poder disfrutar a tu aire del recorrido,te encuentras animales que puedes fotografiar, comprar fruta, comer en restaurantes no turísticos o simplemente disfrutar de los paisajes. Es un país sorprendente y muy recomendable! Que tengas muy buen viaje y ya nos contarás! Saludos

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    dvdpeit Oct 3, 2009

    Muchas gracias Montse. Si , alquilamos 4X4 desde La Fortuna a Monteverde, y después desde Monteverde a Manuel Antonio. Utilizaré tu track y parte del usuario "fox77" para no perderme. Saludos

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