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Jeep – Boat – Jeep between Monteverde and Arenal

Also known as:  Taxi-Boat-Taxi or Van-Boat-Van

This is a unique combination of ground and water transportation used as a shortcut between La Fortuna – Arenal Volcano and Monteverde or vice versa.

There is no direct road connecting La Fortuna/Arenal and Monteverde.  You must drive 135 km on slow windy roads, around Lake Arenal or via San Ramón; a good section of it on gravel.

Faster than driving all the way around the lake, the Jeep-Boat-Jeep takes you across the lake in comfortable, covered motor boats.  This allows you to enjoy the very scenic landscape at a relaxed pace.  Originally done with 4×4 vehicles, the “jeep” sections of the trip are done today with air conditioned mini-vans.

There is a shared service going twice a day, and also a private service:

Shared Jeep-Boat-Jeep departure times:

La Fortuna:      8:30 am   or   2:30 pm every day

Monteverde:     8:00 am   or   2:00 pm every day

Contact us for exact pick up times from your hotel

Price per person:  $33 USD  (shared service)

Private Jeep-Boat-Jeep can start at any time you choose, between 6 am and 4 pm.  Please find prices below.



1. Pick up in La Fortuna or your hotel in the Arenal Volcano area and drive 15 – 20 minutes on a paved road to Arenal Lake.

2. A 30 minute boat trip takes you across Lake Arenal, arriving at Rio Chiquito dock.  Water birds and iguanas are common on the lake and the boat will stop for pictures.

3.  The second drive takes 1.5 hour, on gravel roads, from Rio Chiquito to Santa Elena/Monteverde.  Drop off is directly at your hotel in this area

4. Departure from Monteverde works in the opposite direction, on the same route.

Please note this is not a one day tour and we do not recommend booking it as a round trip on the same day.  It takes around 3.5 hours to complete one-way transfer.

We suggest spending one or two nights at each destination and then continue on to your next destination without having to go back over the same ground.

This service is only for passengers+luggage.  This is not a car ferry.

Jeep-Boat-Jeep is not operated by Morpho Vans, but we make reservations for many of our clients who use it as part of their itineraries.   We do monitor with the Operator to make sure everything works smoothly for you.

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