Adventure. That is the simplest and best description for what awaits visitors who hop on a plane to explore Costa Rica. With friendly warm blooded residents. Luxurious hotels and beautifully natural surroundings. Costa Rica offers the chance for spiritual and physical rejuvenation. But for those with a strong sense of adventure, something more appealing than lounging by the pool is up for grabs. A visit to Arenal Volcano National Park.
ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK
In the vast Arenal Conservation Area, the 29,692 acre Arenal Volcano National Park is a place that combines a sense of serenity, nature and fun. The 5,357 foot Arenal Volcano looks like the smoking chimney of a vast house. Surrounded by beautiful green forests and the glassy shimmering Lake Arenal. The promise of amazement wets the appetites of photographers and hikers alike.
One of the best ways to take advantage of the park’s offerings is to join a guided hiking tour of the rainforest. The tour allows visitors to first get educated on the Volcano’s history. Followed by a 2-hour hiking adventure through the heart of the rainforest. As hikers follow their tour guide on the trail, they find themselves cacooned in a rainbow of plants. Colorful toucans. And spider monkeys that sit on the top branches of the tall trees; as they stare down at the hikers and follow their movement on the forest grounds.
LAVA TO DRINK
Looking for some romance at the end of a long hike in the forest? A fantastic way to lead the day time activities in to the evening agenda is to drink some Lava. Yes, you read right. Lava. That is the name of a sweet orange and red cocktail that is offered to those who stay on the tour to watch the flowing lavas that pour down the still very much active Arenal Volcano. Away from the town of La Fortuna that sits at the base of the volcano, the lava flows down in small increments that look like little fiery rocks. The lava is best seen and photographed after sunset.
So the tour guides drive their buses to the scene and compete for parking space on the windy road to give their customers the best view for their money. Toasting their glasses and sipping their Lava, couples enjoy the enchanting view of an active volcano as they get ready for their evening.
How to get here and where to stay
For those who truly wish to end their day in relaxation, staying the night at the Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens is a great choice. N. 2 Resort in the World, the Resort offers plenty of dinner choices. It is also known for its unbelievably beautiful SPA in a beautiful setting featuring a grand view of the Arenal Volcano. To get there, a flight to San Jose, Costa Rica followed by a 2.5-hour ground transportation is required. Alternatively, there’s also a private airport in Fortuna town. On the route of this 3-hour trip, local family-run restaurants are a must for some food, drinks and parrot watching. For those with a flexible time and budget, it is definitely recommended to stay at a resort near San Jose to unwind for a few days before this fantastic volcanic adventure.