Thursday, July 13, 2017
Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano - Obervatory Lodge & Spa
We had planned our stops wisely as we did not want to be having to deal with moving out luggage everyday. We chose great birding locations to stay for about 3 nights and take day trips from that location. After spending 3 night in the Liberia area, we then headed to the Arenal Volcano area for the next 3 nights. This is one spot that we probably could have spent an extra night as it was an incredible place with a lot of birds and other fauna. Our lodge was spacious at the Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa and the view from the front door was incredible as it looked out over Arenal Lake. Every time we went out the front door, we discovered new birds just in the area around our lodge or casona.
Arenal Volcano is considered an active volcano, but has been dormant since 2010. It is a very noticeable landmark from all around the countryside. Having never been close to a volcano before, this was very fascinating for me. The Observatory and Lodge is located a distance from the volcano and has a series of many trails and paths to explore. The birdlife here is phenomenal and it presents some unique habitats which attract many different birds.mammals, and other fauna. Arenal Lodge and Observatory should be high on everyone's list for birding! I highly recommend this place.
Passerini's Tanager - Female
Passerini's Tanager - Male
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Chris trying not to miss a shot of anything new!
Here is a video of that up-close encounter with this White-nosed Coati.
Lizard - Middle American Ameiva
Moth - Genus urania
Orchid - Genus sobralia
Arenal Lodge and Observatory is a great place to get a lot of different birds and to make some side trips as well. Well worth a visit for at least a couple of days. They even had an Ocelot walk into the restaurant one evening when we were not there. It walked around very nonchalant and then left on its own.