All in this area you will be able to spot many species of birds and other wildlife. There are many birding tours available or just get your bins and start looking.
As we passed the sign pointing to La Catarata de Fortuna, on our way to the hotel, we commented that we would return the next day. The next afternoon we did just that. It is a pretty waterfall and with it being rainy season it was flowing quite well. You can get a fairly good view of it from the top of the hill but you can also walk down a steep incline to view it up
close. Of course, my husband had to go see what was down there. I chose to stay on the hill and look around for some birds.
Arenal Volcano is a must see if you are in this area. It is Costa Rica's most active volcano. If you are there during rainy season you may have a more difficult time of seeing its eruptions. Some days the volcano blows several time in an hour. Nighttime is when you can see the red hot lava spewing out of its cone.
The Chachagua Rainfoest Lodge has a very nice restaurant. You will be served fresh fruits such as bananas,pineapple,and papaya that grows on the ranch. They also raise their own Tilapia in their fish farm. You can watch people riding horses while you eat.
There is a resident Macaw in the diningroom.
The only way to get around to the off the beaten track places that we go is by 4-wheel drive. We rent a jeep at the airport, when we arrive, and start driving. Some roads do not have signs so you just take a guess and hope. The distance that you can travel in a day is less than you might think because of all the potholes that you have in the road.
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It will be hot and humid most places in Costa Rica so dress accordingly. You may want some long trousers and long sleeves just to ward off the insects though. Take good walking shoes that you don't mind getting wet. Don't forget to take along your rain poncho.
If you do, you will end up being all wet like my husband was in the picture.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take what you will need. Take a good supply of sunscreen and insect repellent.