There was a significant contrast between Arenal and Monteverde. Arenal had more apparent animals and wildlife like monkeys and a baby leopard. Arenal felt more like a jungle rainforest and monteverde just felt like a forest.
Tourists like coming to Arenal to see the volcano and it’s more geared towards tourists. There’s many hotels and restaurants that are more tourist friendly.
It was hard to overcome the pandemic because people couldn’t really travel and give them business. The people that live here don’t really pay for tours as much as tourists would. It would be hard to adjust their industry to the locals.