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Each day of theweek for the last ten years, our bird specialist named Cristian organized a morning tour in the Arenal Observatory Lodge. Every morning, starting early, the tour begins with small talk to begin the walk-through of the property fields.

Toros Zapote photo by www.nacion.com

We are know how to put on a party - big time. If you are lucky enough to share a holiday or fiesta with our local people, it will add a whole new dimension to your vacation.

December - All month - the Lights Festival in San Jose features homes and business decotared with lights. Parades, concerts and nightly firework displays. The following activities can make your trip an unique experience:

December 2013 - Arenal Annual Birding Count

The 1st Arenal Annual Christmas Bird Counts, sponsored by Arenal Observatory Lodge and conducted by International and local bird watchers, bird lovers and volunteers, were held throughout the Arenal area. The counts attempt to record every individual bird encountered within 8 different routes and during 8 hours of one calendar day during December 7, 2013.  The Christmas Bird Counts identified 341 bird species only in Arenal surrounding area; this represents 38% of Costa Rica´s Biodiversity.

We had a very pleasant and enjoyable stay at the lodge and in the La Fortuna area in general. My group was especially pleased with their accommodations and I was happy with my room as well, even though my view was not quite as good and I couldn't see the birds that they had so close to their rooms!

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