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Getting to Arenal Observatory Lodge
Coordinates to use on your GPS:
Latitude:10.434215 / Longitud:-84.701500
From San Jose:
The most popular route heads out of San José along the Inter-American Highway to the town of San Ramón, where you turn off into the hills, passing through La Tigra on the way to La Fortuna. Even without a map, La Fortuna is easy to find. Once you reach La Fortuna, continue through town towards Tabacón and the Arenal National Park. No La Fortuna roadmap is needed for finding the Observatory Lodge from here. Just before reaching Lake Arenal you will come to a marked turn-off on the left for the National Park entrance. From the turn-off it is 9 kilometers along a somewhat rough dirt road. Continue on past the park entrance following signs for the Arenal Observatory Lodge. A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended in the rainy season, and high clearance is always useful.
Turn off the Interamerican Highway at Cañas, on to Tilarán and around Arenal Lake until you find a gravel road on the right that will take you up to the Observatory Lodge. Follow the signs for about 9 km.Due to extreme weather and heavy rains, road conditions can change rapidly in Costa Rica. It is always best to call the lodge to find out current conditions and what route is best for you.
From Tortuguero National Park
When coming from Tortuguero to Arenal Observatory Lodge, the route will guide you through nice rural town along the way. Instead driving back to San Jose, you can take the route that cross the Central Mountain Range heading to the low lands in the northern region. Driving time about 3 hours but on the road is a must-do to stop to get a cup of coffee and know locals.