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Arenal Observatory Lodge

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2 Junior suites: private terrace, two king-size beds, private bathroom and a mini-bar refrigerator

23 Smithsonian rooms: king-sized bed, modern private bath and an oversized window with amazing volcano view(five rooms equipped for handicapped visitors)

15 Standard rooms: one bunk bed, full-sized bed and private bath.

5 La Casona rooms: queen sized beds and shared bathrooms

1 White Hawk villa: breathtaking views of the volcano and the lake, with a capacity for 8 guests, a spacious living room, satellite television and a fully-equipped kitchen

Laundry service, pool and jacuzzi, trails, free tour every morning, transportation services, parking, rooms specially designed for handicap access and 2 km of paved trails

Explore the lava flow trail and marvel at the active lava flows on the Arenal hotel's night tours Ride horseback over varied terrain with great natural beauty Tour the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge wetlands Canoe Cerro Chato Lake in the crater of an extinct volcano Enjoy the comfort of the Arenal lodge's swimming pool and Jacuzzi while viewing the volcano Go birdwatching Hike through the Observatory Lodge's lush rainforests Enjoy a professional massage after your hike Soak in the nearby hot springs Wake to the roars of howler monkeys Watch toucans fly over the volcano observatory Go sportfishing or kayaking in Lake Arenal Hike above the forest canopy at Arenal Hanging Bridges See stalactites and stalagmites at Venado Caverns Raft the white waters of Sarapiquí River Relax on a lazy float down Peñas Blancas River

Surrounded by the rain forest and amazing birds, Eco Lodge's restaurant is well regarded for its great National and International cuisine served buffet-style

Set on a ridge 1.7 miles from the Arenal Volcano, Arenal Observatory Lodge offers the adventurous traveler front row-seating for one of the world's most thrilling fireworks display, the volcanic eruption of Arenal. The hotel sits in a private nature reserve in the heart of one of Costa Rica's greenest areas, where volcanic grounds support primary and secondary rainforests while waterfalls and crystalline rivers offer sparkling jungle refreshment.

The lodge features 45 comfortable rooms, most of them with a great view of the volcano and the extravagant green surroundings. A well marked and manicured trail system traverses the property and provides easy access to the breathtaking rainforest and magnificent views of the volcano. An infinity swimming pool tiled in cobalt blue offers refreshment and a sunken bubbling jacuzzi provides soothing relaxation beneath a glass gazebo that frames the volcano's peak against a starry sky. A host of activities await the spirited adventurer: mountain biking, whitewater rafting, canopy tours, fishing, horseback riding and others

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Arenal Volcano

How to Get There:

From San José it is a 2 ½ hour drive. Take the North Pan-American Highway that passes through the International Airport. Continue driving, following the signs to San Ramòn. Once you arrive in downtown San Ramòn continue driving following the signs to LA Fortuna. Once you arrive to La Fortuna, continue through town towards Tabacón and the Arenal National Park. After Tabacón continue driving for 4 km and just before reaching Lake Arenal you will come to a marked turn-off for the National Park entrance. Take this left turn-off and continue driving for 9 kilometers along a somewhat rough dirt road. Once you pass the park entrance follow the signs for the Arenal Observatory Lodge. A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended in the rainy season, and high clearance is always useful.