Fastest and most entertaining way to Monteverde
This service, half tour – half transfer is a scenic and fast way to go from La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano Area), to the Monteverde area, or backwards.
Around 7:30 a.m. the trip starts picking you from your hotel in La Fortuna for a 30 minutes microbus drive to the Arenal Lake Dam.
Once there you will aboard into a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat for a 30 to 40 minutes (aprox.) ride along the lake in order to reach Río Chiquito, a little town at the other side of the lake.
Once at Río Chiquito, you’ll make a short break to stretch your legs, finally, after another 1 ½ hour microbus ride you’ll get to the hotels in the Monteverde area.
Arenal Lake is the largest and the most important lake in Costa Rica, which was man made in 1974 to provide hydroelectric energy for the country.
But it turned into a wonderfull new home for the sorrounding animal comunity, reason why it is a place where you can find different kinds of resident and migratory birds, even mammals can be seen in the surroundings sometimes.
The wonder of this big waterbody and his wildlife population stands in the mountains slopes of the astonishing Arenal Volcano building a dreamed landscape ready to steal your breath.
Lake Crossing route.
Why preferring lake crossing over a regular transport?
When you travel, time is a determinant factor to consider. Transportation can be very annoying because it may take hours of your trip while you are moving from one destination to another.
Lake Crossing to Monteverde (or to Arenal) is faster, more interesting and way better option than the normal car transportation. While you spend 4 hours in a regular car transfer, in a lake crossing your journey last around 3 hours and 20 minutes.
The regular route has 110 kilometers (68.35 miles) this option only has to cover 65 kilometers (40,39 miles) in a route more entertaining and light reducing 65 land kilometers to only 10 water kilometers.
If you aren’t convinced yet about the benefits this option offers, you need to know that a lake crossing is even cheaper and it turns out to be a more comfortable way to travel. Due to the roads that go to one place to another in big curves there is a chance to feel dizzy and sick.
- Boat ride
8 hours approx.