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Article writing by: David De Clercq

 

Highlights

  • Exceptional location and views of Arenal Volcano.
  • Eco friendly resort so you can get up close to the wildlife.
  • Self-guided hikes and walks within the vast hotel grounds.

 

 

The day we wanted to hike Cerro Chato was pouring rain and it did not clear up till 9:00 am at this point we were debating if we should go or not since it could start raining again. After a few minutes we decided that we would try it.

Lake Arenal, Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

If you weren´t impressed by - or couldn´t see - the volcano, take a ride around Lake Arenal, Costa Rica´s largest lake at 33km/20miles long. The view of the countryside is wonderful.

The most spectacular and exciting feature of Costa Rica´s central and northern mountain ranges are the active volcanoes that form their high summits.Active not just a millennium or two ago; several of your friendly neighborhood volcanoes are still going strong. These are

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Writen by Andrea MacEachern 

The Final Leg of my Costa Rica Adventure - A Night at the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, a Mighty Volcano and my First Run-in with a Very Poisonous Snake 

Arenal Volcano is a very famous and an international tourist spot. It is known as the best holiday spot in Costa Rica.

The fertile Atlantic coast slope drains into the Caribbean Sea at Costa Rica´s remote northeastern border with Nicaragua, along the San Juan River. Here, the Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge and the 20,000 hectare Tortguero National Park, do their bit to protect their famous networl of canals, tributaries and the vast green, alluvial plain.

Lying on the southern flank of Arenal Volcano, just 2.7 km (1.7 miles) away at an elevation of 735 m (2.411 ft) above sea level, and enjoying spectacular views over Lake Arenal, Arenal Observatory Lodge is the ideal place to DISCOVER the volcano, EXPLORE nature, and RELAX in the hotel. The hill on which the Lodge lies rises above Agua Caliente (Hot Water) river and Danta (Tapir) creek. This is a significant topographical consideration because it means no lava flows can breach these and come up the river banks.

The most typical dish in all Costa Rica is "Gallo Pinto", "red rooster", a rice and bean dish served with breakfast and sometimes lunch. Different recipes include herbs or garlic, but the basic ingredients are always black beans and rice, bell peppers and onions.

Don´t pass up an opportunity to try Lizano, the Costa Rican imitation of English Worcestershire sauce. This piquant blend of vegetables, chiles, and sugar is used on almost everything, like ketchup. If you get addicted, it´s now available in the US on your grocer´s Spanish food shelf.