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Arenal Observatory Lodge

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Arenal Observatory Lodge was originally built as a research station for scientists of the Smithsonian Institute. It is the only lodge within Arenal National Park and is protected by a deep gorge created by the Agua Caliente River.

The lodge is surrounded by primary and secondary rainforest, waterfalls and rivers. There are 37 rooms spread across four buildings, with views either across Lake Arenal or the volcano and the stunning surrounding gardens. The infinity swimming pool and Jacuzzi provide complete relaxation beneath a glass gazebo that frames the volcano's peak against a starry sky.

Please do bear in mind that this is a remote hotel and the road is often in bad repair making it a bumpy ride to and from the hotel.

OUR RATING: Medium

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Tour ideas in Arenal Volcano

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Arenal Observatory Lodge as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • Arenal Hanging Bridges Natural History Tour
      Canopy Walkway, Arenal

      Arenal Hanging Bridges Natural History Tour

      Arenal Hanging Bridges Natural History Tour

      Follow the hanging bridges through the Arenal rainforest canopy and the walking trails along the forest floor to spot numerous bird, animal and plant species. Clearings and open spaces in the forest canopy offer a glimpse of the magnificent Arenal Volcano in the distance.

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    • Arenal Rainforest Sky Tram and Trek
      Aerial tram, Costa Rica

      Arenal Rainforest Sky Tram and Trek

      Arenal Rainforest Sky Tram and Trek

      Enjoy a peaceful gondola ride above the Arenal rainforest and take in the breathtaking views of the volcano and the still, blue lake. Choose to return back to your starting point the same way or via the Canopy Tour; an exhilarating zip-line through the forest canopy.

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    • Arenal Volcano Hike
      Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica

      Arenal Volcano Hike

      Arenal Volcano Hike

      This easy and manageable hike will allow you to enjoy the most extraordinary view of the Arenal Volcano as you walk along the base of this marvellous 'Mountain of Fire'. See recent lava flows and rock formations and learn about the big eruption of 1968.

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