I will be traveling with two small children (ages 4 and 6). Is it possible to hike to the waterfall with them? If no, are we able to ride tandem on the horse? Thank you so much!
We traveled to Manuel Antonio and Arenal 8 years ago. We are now planning a trip back and cannot wait. It will be too much to make the drive from Arenal to Manuel Antonio, so we are focusing on Manuel Antonio because of the ease of the drive for the small kids and the abundance of wildlife. Are there any hot springs within a two hour drive of Manuel Antonio? This is the one aspect of Arenal that I am sad we will be missing.
Hi Jodi,That’s great that you’re returning to Costa Rica with your family. The hike to the Nauyaca is a little long with kids your age. It’s about 4 km each way. You would probably be better off doing the horse tour- we’re pretty sure kids can go tandem, but check with Don Lulo just to be sure. We have a blog post on the Nauyaca (click here) with more info about the hike if you’re curious. You might also want to check out another blogger’s post about her visit with her young kids- here’s the link: https://www.travelmother.com/grand-hike-nuayaca-waterfalls/ For hot springs, there’s a hotel outside Quepos called the Hot Springs Lodge. We don’t know much about it, but that’s a good place to start. There’s also a more rustic place about 45 min. south of Manuel Antonio near Dominical in a town called Hatillo. We believe there’s now a sign for the hot springs (aguas thermales) on the highway (left side when coming from MA). Here’s the link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Aguas-Termales-Quepos-518989654937317/