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Arenal Observatory Lodge

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Key Information:
Specialty Category: Eco lodges
Location: Costa Rica
Region: Central America and Caribbean
Min Price: 42 US Dollar (USD) per day
Max Price: 170 US Dollar (USD) per day

Set at 1.7 miles south of Arenal Volcano, Arenal Observatory Lodge (AOL) offers front-row seating for one of the world´s most thrilling fireworks display- a volcanic eruption. Arenal Volcano, which lay dormant for centuries, erupted in 1968 and has been continuously active ever since, making it one of the world´s most explosive cones. AOL was originally built in 1987 as a research station for scientists from the Smithsonian Institute.

The lodge crowns a ridge top overlooking Lake Arenal- the largest fresh water lake in Costa Rica, and a popular place for sport fishing. AOL lies in the heart of some Costa Rica's most abundant natural areas, a private nature reserve- the only lodge within the Arenal National Park- the rich volcanic soil supports primary and secondary rainforest- alive with birds, butterflies, mammals and reptiles. Waterfalls and crystalline rivers offer a sparkling jungle refreshment. A well-marked and groomed trail system encompasses the property and provides easy and safe access to the breathtaking natural beauty. There is also a paved trail that stretches 800 meters into the rainforest and provides excellent views of the volcano, this trail is accessible by wheelchair. Arenal offers daily complementary walks with its naturalist guides. Birders will be particularly gratified at AOL, the diverse habitats surrounding the lodge shelter nearly 300 species.

AOL features 42 rooms in four buildings spread throughout the property, rooms providing incredible views of the volcano, an entire wall is actually a window, which frames the monstrous volcano and all have verdant garden surrounding. Everywhere at AOL one feels the volcano's commanding presence. The dinning room overlooks the volcano's southern slope with floor to ceiling windows and opens to a wide outdoor terrace with a spectacular view of Arenal Volcano and the mirrored expanse of Arenal Lake, the restaurant offers a variety of international and vegetarian cuisine.
AOL can also serve as a base to visit other places: one day tour to Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, an evening visit to Hot Springs, the limestone Caverns, the Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste's beaches and resorts areas amongst others. A host of activities await the spirited adventurer, you don't need travel far to feel nature's magic with its incredible services, friendly staff and great location AOL is the perfect place for the adventurous travellers. You can't be wrong.

Property amenities:
Swimming pool, jacuzzi, bar, restaurant, trails, birdwatching, bike, hike and horseback riding, eco lodges in Costa Rica

Nearby attractions and activities:
- Tabacon Hot spring
- Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge considered to be one of the richest sites for birds on this continent.

Plunging over 100 feet into through think rain forest into a mist shrouded pool, the La Fortuna Waterfall is a spectacular site. Located just 3 _ miles outside of the town of La Fortuna, these falls are a great spot for day trip.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a unique ecosystem, rich in flora and fauna, and home to the majestic Resplendent Quetzal.

- 23 km from La Fortuna- San Carlos.
- 140 km from San José

Price Includes:
- Full breakfast buffet
- Taxes (16.39%)
- Complementary morning walk with a local guide
- Walking trails

About This Supplier
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Location: Costa Rica
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2002

M11447 sits in a private nature reserve in the heart of one of Costa Rica's numerous natural areas. Rich volcanic soil supports primary and secondary rainforest. Waterfalls and crystalline rivers offer sparkling jungle refreshment. A well marked and manicured trail system traverses the property and provides easy...

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