Affordable Costa Rica Hostel, accommodations for backpackers and Eco-travelers, in a totally unique ambient: 22 hectares of primary forest, jungle trails, waterfall, organic farm, Permaculture and bio-intensive vegetable gardens, lake with tilapia and ducks, free range chicken farm, and the best position to observe volcano´s activities from the lodge, with wonderful views over the valley and the lake. Part of our activities are morning and night hikes from the hostel, temezcal, Spa with different massage and treatment packages, happy people and a lot of good energy.
Restaurant serving 7am-8pm daily all vegetarian and Gourmet Demo Cuisine taught in the evening by the chef and guest participation, hiking trails, hammocks, Jacuzzi with spectacular view....
Tours with in walking distance observe the eco zoo or butterfly conservatory, the local shops and wonderful community of el castillo
Sky trek sky tram, hiking trails to volcanoes and waterfalls, the lake for kayaking, horseback riding, rafting...
Un staff super sympat : bon esprit ! Mes enfants et moi même avons passé un super séjour ! Superbe spot en pleine nature ! Je recommande chaleureusement !!!
We stayed here on January 5 and had a wonderful stay. The community was warm and welcoming.
Essence is the ideal location for those intending to be near all the activities that Arenal has to offer yet wishing to be more removed from the typical. I would recommend it as an alternative to the bustling La Fortuna. El Castillo has a remote atmosphere in a lush, tropical surrounding. Our lodging was tidy & quaint, with all the necessary efficiencies. The group dining experience was a perfect way to exchange stories with other travelers & the vegetarian plates were absolutely delightful. You could easily spend your afternoon/evening, lounging on the the sofa in the outdoor commons area, sipping wine & gazing out at the lake & the towering volcano above. Early morning yoga classes in the open-air gazebo put you in touch with the natural surroundings & leave you invigorated. The staff were particularly accommodating, always welcoming & willing to direct you to your next activity or destination. The road is rough, and although 4 wheel drive is not necessary, a higher clearance vehicle may make the voyage quicker, as the road is primarily gravel & stone. We got by in a compact sedan & did just fine.
I would highly recommend this location for those looking for a little more than just lodging. It has unprecedented character
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