Arenal Lake Crossing to Monteverde
Today you will travel between La Fortuna and Monteverde by crossing the Arenal Lake. You will be driven to the lake, where you will board a boat and sail for approximately one hour to take you across to Monteverde. This service is not only the fastest, but also the most scenic way to travel, where you can admire the beautiful views of all of the mountains, sky and the colossal Arenal volcano during the crossing. When you reach the other side of the lake, you will be picked up and driven to your hotel in Monteverde.
It will take you less than three hours to arrive at a height of 1440 m above sea level, on top of Costa Rica’s continental divide, and the much cooler weather of Monteverde and Santa Elena.
This afternoon, you have free time to visit the shops, ice cream parlours, cheese factories or coffee houses of Monteverde.
As sunset falls in the forest, you will have a night walk at Valle Escondido Preserve. You will be collected from your hotel for this amazing night walk in the Hidden Valley to discover the night time wonders there. As the nocturnal creatures emerge your guide will explain the unique sights and sounds of the night time forest, mammals, birds, reptiles and insects never seen during the day time can be spotted.
If you are lucky you may see snakes, spiders, armadillos and sloths.
Your accommodation for the next two nights will be in the Eco Lodge Koora, a luxury ecolodge in the heart of the cloud forest, with just 10 cosy suites and bungalows this boutique hotel is the perfect nature retreat.
With stunning treetop views only the natural beauty of Monteverde can provide, you will feel the magic of the cloud forest as you sip coffee or enjoy a late-night drink on your private balcony.
You will sleep in the treetops, literally! The suites and bungalows seamlessly integrate with the surroundings and you’ll be able to gaze at this natural oasis from the floor to ceiling windows with the chirping and singing of birds as the soundtrack. The rooms have handcrafted furniture made by local artisans, comfortable beds, and hot showers and some have kitchenette.
After an action-packed day, you can dine at the Restaurant Kiré with its delicious fresh local produce and amazing views.
Koora Hotel, Monteverde