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I booked this tour last minute and I am so glad that I did. We got to our hotel at 2am and pick up was right on time at 730am- needless to say we did not get a lot of sleep that night. On our way to Rio Celeste- we asked if there was any possibility to stop and get something to eat as we did not have the opportunity to have breakfast. We stopped at a Soda and the food was fabulous! Shortly after we got back on the road- we came to a dead stop....there was an accident on the one way bridge with a semi and Heineken truck. Our driver was able to find a side road that would get us around the accident and get us to our destination. And so the adventure begins!! Being from Chicago- the roads were very different. We were also on a time crunch as we had to be back in time to get our rental vehicle. Our guide was AWESOME (I wish I could remember his name). He pointed out all different kinds of wildlife and how there had been a storm that destroyed some of the area. He was really friendly, shared his knowledge of the area and helped us at the car rental at the end. We could not have asked for a better experience. Without our driver and guide being the best we would not have had such a great time. Oh- and Rio Celeste------WOW!!! Such an amazing place!!!!!!!
Really enjoyed this tour. The walk to the falls & to the "source" was easy in the dry season - no mud. Lots of steps at the falls but plenty of rest areas. Wonderful guide & lovey day. The blue river is an amazing spectacle & definitely worth visiting.
Unfortunately, my booked tour(Rio Celeste Hike) was canceled due to weather as it had rained the night before. I was given the option of a refund or another tour. I accepted another tour which was the Arenal Hanging bridges and La Fortuna waterfall (walk only). It was nice although not worth the original price I had paid for the Celeste Hike of $110. The Arenal Bridges cost $65 and the entrance to the waterfall is about $10.
Guide and driver were very nice.
We took this tour on our first day of vacation. We were both excited to see the river, but our guide made the hike excellent.
Jairo- out guide - was very impressive in his knowledge and understanding of the rain forest. He was eager to share his understanding of not only the area we were in, but the areas we would travel to later in our trip. He helped us recognize bird calls and even pointed out different crops we passed along the drive. He shared a lot about Costa Rican culture as well, which is above and beyond our expectations. We could both tell he genuinely cares about human and forest interaction and how to visit the rain forest without impacting the flora and fauna. He was careful in explaining what to expect on the hike before we left and made sure we were both prepared mentally and physically (with proper hiking gear).
Our driver - Alberto- was very friendly. He knew we were both excited to see all the CR wildlife so he pulled over every time he spotted an animal. He was even able to spot an Anteater in a tree. A real treat for us. He was a very safe and courteous driver which made the ride smooth and stress free.
The food at the restaurant was great and all the people working at the resort were very friendly. We both had the fish casados with their home raised talapia. The mixed fruit juice they made was the best on our trip.
We both enjoyed entering the park through a less-then-main entrance. It allowed us to stay away from the crowds and get to see the beautiful gardens leading up to the path. Jairo helped us identify a few types of humming birds buzzing around in the sun.
Next time we are in LaFortuna we will definitely book again in hopes of hiking to the caldera on the volcano.