The volcanic ranges form summits along the northern edges of the Central Valley, spreading across Costa Rica to create natural thermal springs amongst the lush rainforest landscape. Upon landing in Costa Rica, your private transfer greets you at Juan Santamaria International Airport. The climate of the capital city offers a cool, refreshing temperature year-round, differing from the tropical heat and cold of the highlands. Lush coffee plantations thrive long the encircling mountain ridges that range in height from nearly 4,000 feet and 5,575 feet above sea level.
Fruit stands populate the roadside along the way to Arenal, where vendors display gigantic watermelons and delicious coconuts chilled for a refreshingly cool drink. They drill holes into the center of the husk, popping a straw into the heart to enjoy the chilled, natural, and fresh coconut milk. You wind along the mountainous road leading through La Fortuna. The once sleepy agricultural village hides remnants of its past as spiny iguanas scramble through bushes, and sloths rest in the treetops above the creek.
The summit of Arenal Volcano rises above the town at an altitude of almost 5,480 feet and, while the crater has been dormant since 2010, it had erupted daily since the 1960s, causing a spectacular burst of fireworks against the night sky. The volcano crowns the eponymous national park, which encompasses nearly 30,000 acres. You reach the comforts of your luxury resort surrounded by the beauty of the rainforest canopy and settle into your room with a partial view of the nearby volcanic peak. The thermal activity of the region heats the waters rushing through the hills connected to your resort, and you take the time to visit the hot springs, lounging in the soothing water and its revitalizing minerals.
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