Posted by shieldwatch on May 8, 2017 8:08:06 AM

Horseback riding to the Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall is one of the most sought-after recreational activities in Costa Rica. Horseback riding around this region will leave you mesmerized when you see how the majestic Arenal Volcano paints an impressive picture on the Costa Rican landscape. Though the volcano is sometimes shrouded behind a cloud forest, the view is truly awe-inspiring. While you meander through the lush green forests on horseback, you may see a thin mist hanging softly over the treetops and hear toucans calling in the distance.

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Topics: Arenal Area Attractions


Posted by shieldwatch on May 3, 2017 3:14:38 AM

Costa Rica is the land of rainforests, waterfalls, lakes, and volcanoes. One look around and you will be convinced that the best of nature conspired to create this lovely place on the planet. It comes as no surprise that you can find animals of many species in Costa Rica. However, if you are in the mood for monkey business, consider catching the Capuchin Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, and Spider Monkeys in action. Learn more about these species here:

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Topics: Arenal Area Attractions, arenal hills, costa rica, monkeys

Thinking About Hiking to the Peak of the Arenal Volcano? Think Again

Posted by shieldwatch on Apr 19, 2017 3:14:58 AM

The Costa Rica Star recently warned its readers that some tour operators based in La Fortuna in San Carlos are offering guided tours to the peak of the volcano. Be forewarned that they aren’t authorized by local tourism authorities. The National System of Conservation Areas, or SINAC, has been warning residents and tourists alike that tours to the peak are off limits because they are dangerous. SINAC sites that there are no trails, steep slopes, and the area is prone to falling rocks and landslides. Plus, the temperature rises dramatically and uncomfortably near the peak, putting hikers at further risk.

A better option is a trip to see the volcano through approved access points through the Coladas and Peninsula sectors. You can find quality, guided tours at the Arenal Volcano National Park, where you’ll find both volcano hikes and hot springs visits.

But perhaps the best way to experience the beauty of the volcano is from your very own veranda at Arenal Hills. The community is designed so that nearly every home has a commanding view of the volcano.

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Topics: Arenal Area Attractions, arenal hills, Arenal Volcano, Arenal Volcano National Park

Costa Rica is a Hummingbird’s Idea of Paradise

Posted by shieldwatch on Apr 12, 2017 10:16:08 AM

Birdwatchers and novice wildlife watchers alike tend to catch their breath at the site of the bejeweled fliers who can hover indefinitely and fly backwards—making them unique among all other birds of the world. In Costa Rica, they range from very small to surprisingly large, with tail streamers, bright colorations and fancy head plumes.

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Topics: Arenal Area Attractions, arenal hills, costa rica, humminghbirds


Posted by shieldwatch on Feb 10, 2017 2:20:45 AM

For vacationers in search of thrill and excitement, the Arenal region in Costa Rica offers recreational activities like zip lining, bungee jumping, rafting, and more. With varied topography from verdant rainforests, spectacular volcanoes, natural caves, and gushing waterfalls, this central American country has a wide variety of exciting activities. Here are three of the most thrilling activities for you in Arenal, Costa Rica:

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Topics: Arenal Area Attractions


Posted by shieldwatch on Dec 23, 2016 4:46:20 AM

Costa Rica is a breathtaking country that has a little something for everyone. From thrilling jungle hikes to adventure sports, awe-inspiring scenery to diverse wildlife, you can’t go wrong if you decide to buy a vacation home in Costa Rica. The question is – which location do you choose? If you wish to experience a bit of everything the country has to offer, Arenal Hills is your best bet. Arenal Hills is located near the city of La Fortuna in the Alajuela province of Costa Rica.  The area’s most prominent features are Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano, which can be seen from Arenal Hills.

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Topics: Arenal Area Attractions

5 Must-See Destinations for Your First Visit to Costa Rica

Posted by Arenal Hills on May 8, 2015 1:57:52 PM

With so much to see and do in Costa Rica, many people find themselves overwhelmed with options upon touching down at the airport for the first time. Fortunately, we’ve spent enough time here to familiarize ourselves with some of the most well-loved vacation destinations in this lovely little Caribbean country. In this entry, we’ll look at a few of our favorites.

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Topics: Arenal Area Attractions, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Tabacon Hot Springs, Visiting Costa Rica

During Your stay, Visit the Arenal Volcano National Park

Posted by Arenal Hills on Apr 14, 2015 3:44:54 PM

Right in our back yard, Arenal Volcano National Park provides visitors with breathtaking views of the largely untouched natural beauty of Costa Rica.

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Topics: Arenal Area Attractions, Arenal Volcano National Park, Hiking in Costa Rica, Life In costa Rica, Renewable Energy in Costa Rica, Wildlife in Costa Rica