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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.

By Shannon Farley

Costa Rica’s success story with reforestation is quite amazing. The Central American nation did a complete turn-around from being one of the most deforested countries in the world by the early 1980s, to today being over 52 percent covered with forest.

  • Arenal National Park, Conservation Science

By Austin Gess

On December 3rd, 2016 three members of the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa team participated in the 4th Annual Conteo De Aves Arenal. In total, 70 birders participated in this year’s bird count.

  • Birdwatching, Arenal Volcano, Eco tourism, Animals, Birdwatching hot spot

By Shannon Farley

After many years of leading bird watching tours in Costa Rica, it is always exciting for an experienced guide to see something new. Recently, on an early morning bird watching tour in the forest gardens at Arenal Observatory Lodge, naturalist guide Cristian Campos saw something quite unusual.

  • Birdwatching, Arenal Volcano, Activities, Animals

By Shannon Farley

Forty-eight years ago, the quiet agricultural community of Arenal, Costa Rica lived peacefully raising cattle and farming around the rainforest-covered, cone-shaped mountain called Cerro Arenal. Life had been tranquil like this for nearly 500 years.

No one expected on the morning of July 29, 1968, that sudden events would change their lives forever and the history of the Arenal Volcano.

  • History, Arenal Volcano

By Shannon Farley

Millions of visitors come to Costa Rica every year to see and experience its spectacular nature. From rainforests to cloud forests, volcanoes and mountains to beaches and lush jungle, Costa Rica deserves its fame for amazing natural resources.

In addition to Costa Rica’s excellent system of national parks, it is the country’s organization of private nature reserves that helps preserve Costa Rica’s tropical ecosystems and their biodiversity.

When the fresh pink glow of sunrise creeps up the side of Arenal Volcano and stretches over the forest treetops, there is no better place to be than on the large open deck at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa. And when the sun sinks low over beautiful Lake Arenal, the sky awash in fiery colors and the lake mirroring rosy hues, again, there is no better place to be than on that same deck. Sip a cool drink, snap your most memorable travel photos, and revel in the splendor of nature’s beauty.