Monteverde to Tilarán
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Cataratas de Viento Fresco (tel. 506/2695-3434, www.vientofresco.net, 7:30 A.M.–5 P.M. daily, $15 adults, $12 students), 11 kilometers east of Tilarán and 25 kilometers west of Monteverde, has four 120-foot waterfalls, a water slide, trails, and horseback riding ($55).
En route, you can stop at Eco Coffee Tour (tel. 506/2693-8067, www.coopeldos.com), a coffee-growers’ cooperative, at El Dos de Tilarán; or the Don Juan Coffee Tour (tel. 506/2645-7100, www.donjuancoffeetour.com, $25 adults, $20 students).
Fabulous views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal are enjoyed through picture windows in the 10 spacious and simply furnished all-wood rooms (in three types) with private bathrooms and hot water at the Vista Verde Lodge (tel. 506/8380-1517, www.info-monteverde.com, $55 s or $68 d room, $57 s or $75 d junior suite low season; $75 s or $92 d room, $80 s or $99 d junior suite high season), four kilometers north of the Sky Walk, in the community of San Gerardo, on a steep and eroded dirt road that leads off the road to the Santa Elena Reserve. It has a restaurant, and hikes and horseback rides are offered.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Costa Rica, 8th Edition