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Traveling to Costa Rica – Entry Requirements During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Traveling to Costa Rica – Entry Requirements During the COVID-19 Pandemic UPDATED 22 OCTOBER 2020 BASIC REQUIREMENTS Arriving from one of the authorized countries (or in the case of the United States, authorized states), with proof of residency in the form of a valid passport (driver’s license or state I.D. from an authorized state if you are traveling from the U.S.). See the list of authorized countries and states below. In the case that you are transferring through an authorized country, you must prove that you have resided in one of the authorized countries for at least 14 days before [...]

2020-10-22T19:26:58+00:00

The Rainbow Trees of Arenal, Costa Rica

The Rainbow Trees of Arenal, Costa Rica By Shannon Farley Where in Costa Rica can you see trees the color of a rainbow?   At Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa by the Arenal Volcano!   Part of the award-winning sustainable hotel’s reforestation program includes colorful Rainbow Eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus deglupta). These unique trees with multi-hued bark thrive in very humid tropical forests, like at Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica.   The trees get their rainbow coloring from their outer bark which sheds several times a year to reveal a bright green inner layer. The bark then matures and darkens to [...]

2020-02-22T17:55:04+00:00

About the Farm at Arenal Observatory Lodge

About the Farm at Arenal Observatory Lodge Visitors to Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, next to the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, are always deeply impressed at the size of the famous Arenal hotel’s property – 870 acres! This lush green land of forest, rivers, waterfalls, and pastures holds an interesting history.   Forty-three years ago when the Aspinall family of Costa Rica purchased the 870 acre farm, it was an abandoned cattle ranch. The Costa Rican Electrical Institute (ICE) was building the dam to create the Arenal Reservoir – one of the [...]

2019-09-24T22:04:08+00:00

Ecological Blue Flag Award – Protected Natural Spaces

Ecological Blue Flag Award - Protected Natural Spaces At the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, we are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Ecological Blue Flag (BAE) award for Protected Natural Spaces, obtaining the maximum rating of five stars.   The Ecological Blue Flag is a distinction that is awarded annually which recognizes efforts in the pursuit of conservation and development in accordance with the protection of natural resources.   The Protected Natural Spaces category recognizes the efforts made by the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa in the promotion and [...]

2019-07-21T19:49:15+00:00

Energy Savings at the Arenal Observatory

Energy Savings at the Arenal Observatory One thing many guests notice upon their arrival to the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is the lack of air conditioners, televisions, and refrigerators in their rooms. The absence of these amenities is not by coincidence. Deciding not to include these amenities in the rooms helps the Observatory Lodge in its mission to protect the biodiversity of the Costa Rican rainforest, and makes it one of the leaders in conservation initiatives in the La Fortuna region.   Fortunately, the microclimate at the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa [...]

2019-05-27T19:52:58+00:00

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa – One of the Most Interesting Webcams in the World

Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa - One of the Most Interesting Webcams in the World The webcam at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa was recently selected as one of the 25 Most Interesting Webcams of 2018. This webcam was selected by a panel of judges from thousands of nominees around the world. As a family-owned ecolodge, the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa has always dreamed of sharing the natural wonders of Costa Rica with the world. Through our partnership with EarthCam, we have been able to make this dream a reality.   EarthCam is [...]

2019-05-27T19:21:28+00:00