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This lodge is perched on a ridge in a private reserve, and was once a Smithsonian Institute scientific research station. Located a short distance from Arenal Volcano, its lush tropical setting makes it a perfect choice for nature lovers.

Rich volcanic soil supports primary and secondary rainforest, to which a well-marked, manicured trail system for walking, horse riding and mountain biking provides easy access. Daily walks are led by resident naturalist guides, and birders will enjoy the diverse habitats that are home to around 370 species. 48 rooms are scattered in various buildings over the property; most have a view of the volcano, and all overlook verdant gardens.

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Volcan Arenal National Park

Until 2010 Arenal was Costa Rica’s most active volcano. In recent times it has entered a period of quiescence, although you can still hear subterranean rumbles and see the odd ash column. The surrounding national park contains a bizarre landscape of solidified lava flows, lush forest and tropical flora and fauna.

  • Where: Alajuela Province
  • Ideal for viewing: boa constrictor, mantled howler monkey, violet sabrewing, agouti, armadillo