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The volcano seen from the entrance road
Photo by njlarsen
December 2010

Central America, Costa Rica


The Arenal Area, on the north side of the Arenal Volcano, includes three major habitats: the forest on the lower edges of the volcano itself, the Arenal Lake which is a result of a hydroelectric project, and the more open areas with fields, second growth, and hotel gardens up to the town of La Fortuna. The forest areas are accessible through trails in the Arenal Volcano national park and through trails in the Arenal Observatory Lodge, which allows day access for a reasonable cost (2010). Both are found near the end of a gravel road that leads through some of the more open areas and which gives access to one marsh area by the lake.

The Arenal Volcano, seen from the Ecocentro Danaus Biological Reserve, Costa Rica.
Photo by HelenB
February 2007 (Click on photo for larger image)


Notable Species

Among many common or rare birds that can be seen around this area: Bicolored Hawk, Black-faced Solitaire, Orange-bellied Trogon, Black-and-yellow Tanager, Great Curassow, Fasciated Tiger-Heron, and Olive-crowned Yellowthroat.


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Birds you can see here include:

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Other Wildlife

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Site Information

Gardens and guest cottage at the Volcano Lodge Hotel, near the Arenal Volcano.
Photo by HelenB
February 2007

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

  • Ecocentro Danaus Biological Reserve ~ featuring 154 species birds, botanical gardens, butterfly farm, natural lagoon, other wildlife (sloths, tree frogs, etc).

Access and Facilities

There are many good hotels to chose from in the area. Beautiful gardens and a wealth of birds were seen at the Volcano Lodge Hotel.

Contact Details

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