Arenal Volcano & Arenal Hotsprings by Night
We pick you up at your hotel. Our route will take us in the direction of the Pacific Coast. start a gentle climb up into the mountains and a cloud forest. You will see coffee growing along side the road, nurseries raising plants for export, hydroelectric dams, and various recreational areas. There will be plenty of places we can stop and you can enjoy the fresh air as well as take a few pictures.
Our first stop will be at the Mirador 2 restaurant near La Tigre, for lunch. The Mirador 2 has a rain forest garden with tables spread through. It is quite common to find several different varieties of birds and animals while you wait for your lunch.
Our first good view of the volcano will be as we enter the town of La Fortuna, which is about 8 miles away from the volcano. The next point of interest will be the hydroelectric dam that creates Lake Arenal. From here the view of Arenal is usually less cloudy. When we leave the dam we will drive as close as is possible to the base of the volcano. Here it is common to feel the ground tremble and hear the rocks come rumbling down the side of the volcano. After viewing the damage done by its last major eruption we will drive to a hot water river. You will actually see the steam coming off of the water.
Now for the most relaxing part of the trip, Tabacon Hot Springs. At the present there are 12 different pools, with more under construction, as well as a waterfall of hot water. Not only does the water sooth your body, but the manicured gardens will please your eyes, but you will be able to see the eruptions from the pools. To supplement the pools they offer professional massages and facial mud packs. Your dinner will be served at the Tabacon Resort, which will give you a view of the volcano spitting fire and lava while you eat. This is a "must" experience for all.