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As a part of our commitment to sustainable tourism, the local community, and the environment, the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, in coordination with SONATI (Sociedad y Naturaleza Internacional) carried out a course about environmental education for the nearby school in El Castillo, La Fortuna.

The course consisted of two theoretical and dynamic talks which encouraged participation from the students. Topics included: the different types of ecosystems, the importance of the forests, conservation, and wildlife among others.

The Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is an eco-lodge entrenched in nature. Surrounded by the Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica, and in between the Guanacaste and Tilarán Mountain Ranges, it is an area of incredible geological and ecological diversity. The union of mountainous terrain and abundance of water that exists at the lodge creates the perfect conditions for the formation of waterfalls.

In the United States alone, it is estimated that up to a billion birds die each year in collisions with windows, walls, and other structures. In fact, window collisions are the second largest anthropocentric mortality threat to birds, second only to domestic cat predation (more on that in a future blog). Although this widow collision problem is serious, and human-caused, solving it is complicated, involving cooperation from businesses and members of the public alike.

With over 500 species of birds sighted at the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, shortlisting a selection of several especially emblematic birds is no easy task. However, we believe these following nine species deserve the designation due to their uniqueness, dependence on the area, and representation of the tropical rainforest.

1) Lovely cotinga (Cotinga amabilis)

Arenal Taller de Ornitología

For two days in September, the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa had the pleasure of hosting a workshop on birdwatching in collaboration with the Costa Rica Ornithology Association (Asociación Ornitologica de Costa Rica). In addition to our staff at the hotel, we invited members of the community to join us for one of two, four-hour long workshops providing an introduction into ornithology and the importance of birdwatching.

Spa Arenal Volcano

Thai Massage is an ancient technique in which the client is laid on a floor mat, and stretched and massaged from head to toe. This technique is very different than those which we are accustomed to thinking of when we hear the word massage. Normally, we think of a massage table and oil. Thai massage breaks these stereotypes be employing a floor mat, comfortable clothing, and the use of most of the masseuse´s body. This includes use of the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, legs, and feet.

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

Located 2.7 km from Arenal Volcano, lying on the skirts of the volcano, Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa offers the opportunity to enjoy not only the views of our close neighbor, Arenal Volcano but also the views of some more distant volcanos within the Guanacaste Mountain Range. Located to the northeast of the lodge, you can observe Rincón de la Vieja, Miravalles Volcano, and Tenorio Volcano.

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

By Austin Gess

                The Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is located in the Caribbean foothills of the Tilaran Cordillera, in the premontane rainforest of Costa Rica. Occupying an elevational range between 600 and 1100 meters above sea level and nestled in-between the Rio Agua Calliente and the Rio Danta, the 350-hectare property encompasses a diverse array of ecosystems and micro-habitats.

By Austin Adventures

Many tourists have heard about the world famous bird watching in Costa Rica, but there is also another type of animal that is worth your attention: wild cats. Costa Rica is actually home to six different wild species: Ocelot, Margay, Jaguar, Puma, Jaguarundi, and Oncilla. Below are some cat facts for you to know when planning your next adventure vacation to Costa Rica.

Ocelot

By Austin Gess

Since its launch in 2002 eBird has been the primary database used by birders at the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa to keep track of their observations. By utilizing eBird for our bird observations we are providing key data on the biodiversity of avian populations in the Arenal Volcano National Park and Costa Rica as a whole.