More about La Cangreja Lodge
A visit to Arenal volcano is a...
A visit to Arenal volcano is a must. If you are there at the right time... from your cottage or motel you can see the rocks roll down the volcano side in daylight and at night see that they are red hot as they roll down the side of the volcanic cone. A closer trip up the side of the volcano on a very narrow scary road and from the observation area or along the trail to the lava flow, you can hear the popcorn popper noises of the volcano!
Peaceful and wonderful experience
This lodge is a bit out of the way but if you will be visiting Arenal Volcano National Park, it is in the same area and very convenient. The rooms were very clean and service excellent. They do have a nice restaurant. Breakfast is usually included. There is also a small bar and nice patio deck with views of the volcano. This is an affordable option although further away from La Fortuna. Not much on night life but if you are looking for a quiet get away, this is a good palce. There is also a hiking trail from the grounds that is worth doing. They have a pool and a fairly long hiking trail that was nice.
Increase your chances to see the Arenal Volcano
The Arenal volcano is famous for being covered by clouds most of the time. This hotel is the closest you can get from the volcano with the extra benefit of increasing your chances to see night lava flows (the staff you wake you up for that if you ask them !!). Prices are a bit above average but it is worth it. There are many trails in the surrounding area that will please many different tastes ... waterfalls, places for birdwatchers, wildlife, etc. It is meant to guarantee that you will direct all of your attention to the volcano and the nature around it. So be prepared for no TV or telephone in the rooms !
Aranjuez Hotel - may be spelt...
Aranjuez Hotel - may be spelt incorrectly!
Also try Cabinas Rossi, near Arenal Volcano, Fortuna
Aranjuez = $25.00 per night double room
Cabinas Rossi = £25.00 per night double room
Please remember this was nearly eight years ago! 1.Excellent buffet breakfast. Lots of tourist info for those traveling on a budget. Good value for money. Really friendly helpfull staff. Clean rooms, clothes washed & dried, will arrange car hire - couldn't ask for more.
Cabinas Rossi much the same as above, also arrange good value trips. Lovely family run accommodation with brilliant showers! Big plus is the view of the volcano.
Not really Tabacon but nice and twice cheaper.
Third night in Costa Rica below Arenal Volcano. This is the most we paid for the accommodation ($80 including breakfast) but it was worth it. Pool, Swim-up bar with thermal water (brown in color due to volcano ashes), crocodile farm (very exciting - you get to see animals a meter away), butterfly garden, hiking trails, stable, fishing, direct view at Arenal Volcano.
That night sky was completely clear and we enoyed lava erruptions from our garden - great experience.
Less than 1km away is Baldi Hot Springs - fun place to spend the evening. For $12 you get to enjoy several thermal pools and a swim-up bar. I met bunch of people (tourists and locals) - lots of fun.
I just want to mention here that we visited Tabacon Resort and we didn't like it that much. They were asking $190 for a double room and while we walked aroud their property we couldn't see volcano at all.
Arenal Observatory Lodge
This is a unique hotel situated near the Arenal Volcano. It's a very rustic place, and quite expensive - but it's certainly worth it considering the view of the volcano (we were able to see lava coming out of the volcano from our room balconies - amazing!) and the unique layout of the place - a nice pool, whirlpool, and a little walking trail with a very tipsy bridge leading to the nice restaurant. There's also a cool trail to a waterfall. Recommended for the well-heeled or semi-well-heeled nature lover.
Although the Cataratas resort doesn't really match up with the picture of it on the interent, it is a small place with a comfy feel, and it's just ten minutes from the infamous Fortuna Waterfall. You can also get a view of the Arenal Volcano from certain rooms. So lets be honest, the pool is small and not spic and span, but it's still nice, has a pool bar, and there's also a nice hot tub or two right near by. Pool, hot tub, golf (wasn't running when I was there), and close location to some of the best places in Costa Rica.
Arenal Volcano cottages
Great volcano view !
Free breakfast and reasonable rates.
Cute little bungalows with butterflies and hummingbirds to wake you up.
Between La fortuna and the volcano easy access to any tours and places of interest.
Oldemar Guzman and his family were very hospitable and friendly.They can arrange several tours for your conveinence.
The soda has great coffee and the best service.The owner was working from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm at least.Fresh fruit was delicious! The view, price and everything about this place was A1
"An early morning view"
This was our second trip to Costa Rica and the first time we went to Arenal .We were really hoping to see the volcano , as we had heard it is often fogged over .
Our hotel gave us a great view but the first day we didn't see much as the top part was completely covered by fog.
The next evening we sat out on our hotel patio and voila...there itwas.
To the cheers of the people next door , we were rewarded with fire balls crashing down the side .
"Early Morning Light"
The next morning we looked out early and the volcano was completely clear .
I took tons of pictures as the sun came up.
There was a point when it was barely light that we could see the fire and the smoke .
It was an amazing site.
"The night walk on the volcano..."
Late afternoon, the trip begins as we will reach the north west side of the volcano, about 17 km from La Fortuna...
As we reach the eruption site, dark rocks everywhere, the Arenal lake lights up under the setting sun. An amazing view of another world!
The Arenal lake is actualy artificial, created after a monstruous eruption of the Arenal volcano in the 60's. He helps produce electricity for the country and serves as a magnific tourist spot for fishing, boat ride and gardens.
They are about the only thing growing on the volcanic dark grounds. As you can imagined, it's quite impressive to see these little frail ladies in the devastated landscape...
This the only part of the volcano we'll see that night. Very unfortunate as it would have been an incredible experience to see its fireworks eruption. The constant activity (second most active volcano in the world) allows the Arenal to grow 1 meter every month... They can now predict with a relatively good precision an incoming eruption. But remains vulnerable to collapsing rocks...
"As the night comes..."
The scenery grows more and more eerie. We start to head back... to go to the Tabacon resort!
During our walk through the secondary forest leading to the volcano, our guide pointed out interesting facts about wildlife. Termits, Cercropia trees (where sloth often sleeps), Orchids... This very blury and dark picture tries to show a white-faced monkey we encountered.
I'm still hoping to get more responses to my zillion other questions I asked previously but I have another one now...It seems there are a few towns you can stay in around the Arenal volcano and I'm wondering what is the best one? We want to pay mid-range to cheaper and also be able to access a tour of the volcano. I think a night tour would be amazing. Any suggestions? Thanks so much!
RE: arenal volcano
La Fortuna is the closest town to the volcano and where most people stay - in and around here. Neuvo Arenal is on the far side of the lake. San Carlos is a little ways away from the volcano - you would need a car to stay here and get up and back to the volcano.
Lots of options in and around La Fortuna.
RE: arenal volcano
La Fortuna is definitely the place to stay. You can find good clean budget lodging there. A taxi to the park around the volcano is pretty inexpensive. Just arrange with the taxi driver to be picked up at a certain time. You can get around very easily by taxi to just about any place in the area. There are several tour companies in the area also that can help you do the night tour or any other tours.
RE: arenal volcano
Definitely LaFortuna! Many of the hotels there can recommend a good tour, or some will even drop you there if they have time. I've only stayed at Las Cabinitas, which is priced mid range and has a restaurant, pool and spa. But there are quite a few good places there to choose from. There's some shopping in town, restaurants, and you can even arrange a tour of the Cano Negro up toward the Nicaraguan border from La Fortuna. Hopefully you'll be able to see the volcano spew at night!
RE: RE: arenal volcano
I would also say La Fortuna. As for the tour, there are plenty of tour companies in town, and your hotel can arrange it for you too. I joined a few tours from different companies, and they were all ok. There is a night tour that offered by many companies that hike up to the observation area near the volcano, with an option of going to the hot springs after.
RE: RE: arenal volcano
Thanks to everyone who responded. Can you tell me if we stay in La Fortuna is it also worth staying in Santa Elena as well? I know there is that jeep boat jeep tour that you can take from one to the other. Can you do this from La Fortuna to Santa Elena? Or do you have to do the opposite? We have 19 days total in Costa Rica and are thinking of going San Jose-La Fortuna-Tamarindo-Mal Pais-Manuel Antonio. If we end up with a few days left at the end then we are thinking either going somewhere in the south or head over to Puerto Viejo on the Carribean. We are debating about whether we should bother with Tamarindo or just head over to Mal Pais from Santa Elena? Anyone got any thoughts? Thanks again very much!
RE: RE: arenal volcano
yup, the jeep-boat-jeep works the other way too.
Who's just been to La Fortuna? I'm going to be there for two nights on August 13th and I'm wondering if the volcano is still spewing lava.
RE: Arenal Volcano
Activity is usually constantly existent, but can vary.
Just found that link with eruption pictures of June 2005, pretty good:
Seems like they show picturs of eruption of the 22nd of every month, maybe in a few days there are some of July.
Enjoy Your trip.
RE: Arenal Volcano
I Just left Costa Rica about a week back. I was in arenal for 3 nights about 2 weeks back. the vulcano is still pouring out lava. The activity varies though.
I stayed at the lavas tacotel hotel at the feet of the vulcano. It is too bad most of the hotels are at the side you will not see the lava.
This period however seems not to be the time for clear skies at night. You could be lucky though. I had one night I woke up at 4:00 am and went outside. it was completely clear and you could see top glowing a red color.
The other night we went to the other side but the top was covered in clouds. But still we could see burning rocks rolling down the hill. It lookslike someone emptying a bucket of charcoal on the hill side.
In la fortuna go to the hotsprings. You can do that at Baldi and Tabacon. Baldi is the least expensive.
RE: Arenal Volcano
I was there in July, we saw lava flows from the back side of Lake Arenal
Arenal Volcano Horseback Riding Tour
I have a question: did anyone take the Arenal Volcano Horseback Riding Tour? It is really hard to decide what tours to take while in La Fortuna/Arenal area, all of them look good :) and I am trying to narrow down the list and make a decision.
Also, do you need to have experience riding or is it an OK tour to take for people who never rode before? I know that they are paring you up with a horse that is good for you, but I would like to ask your feedback on this tour to help decide if it is something that is worth doing or it is better to pass.