Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Lavas del Arenal
Hotel Lavas del Arenal is tucked away in the jungles of Costa Rica, just a few miles from Arenal Volcano National Park. The hotel borders a small nature reserve filled with lush, tropical foliage and native wildlife, including parrots and howler monkeys. Guests can stick around the hotel to explore the reserve, or book canoeing, hiking, or whitewater-rafting trips through the front desk.
- Views of the volcano: On clear days, guests can see Arenal from the outdoor swimming pool.
- See local waterfalls on an included tour for two. The 3-kilometer tour includes a tractor ride through grasslands and forest and provides access to Pino Blanco and La Fortuna Waterfalls.
- Close to town: La Fortuna is just 4 miles down the road.
- Newly constructed rooms feature private bathrooms and free WiFi, plus microwaves, refrigerators, and coffeemakers.<p>
La Fortuna, Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano, World-Famous Hot Springs, and Sprawling National Park
About 50 years ago, Arenal Volcano was dormant, and La Fortuna, a farm town tucked inland in northwest Costa Rica, was relatively unknown to the general public. Then in 1968, Arenal erupted, and it didn’t stop until 2010. Today, it’s in a resting phase, but travelers still flock to the town to see the volcano, which punctuates the varying geography of Arenal Volcano National Park.
The park has a diverse ecosystem in its 30,000 acres: there are numerous waterfalls and a few rivers ideal for whitewater rafting, especially Rio Toro. Several hanging bridges crisscross through dense patches of cloud forest, making for a scenic hike. Be on the lookout for howler monkeys and parrots, which are native to the area.
You can also make a more rugged trek down Sendero Coladas, or Lava Flow Trail, which leads to a field of jagged volcanic rock that formed after the eruption decades ago. Due to its almost incessant geothermal activity, the park is also home to a number of natural hot springs. It’s popular to unwind in these therapeutic springs after a long hike.<p>