Hostel & Organic Farm in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

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Get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in an authentic & raw Costa Rican experience. Essence Arenal is located in El Castillo, a small neighboring village to La Fortuna, directly on Lake Arenal a top the hills overlooking Arenal volcano. With 22 hectares of prime hilltop forested pristine land, with breathtaking views, we take pride in giving our guests an experience of a life time.

From Forest trails down to a majestic waterfall hidden in the rain forest, enjoying mystical Free Hot Springs, horseback riding and canopy tours, there’s a rich amount of nature activities to experience here at Essence Arenal. Welcome home friends!

Hostel Amenities Highlights
Majestic views of Arenal volcano, the lake, and El Castillo Valley, Yoga Deck, Jacuzzi, Vegetarian Restaurant (w/ cooking demo’s), Organic Permaculture Farm, Swimming Pool and hammocks, Tilapia pond, Trails on site, Hot Showers, Massages in our Bamboo Spa, laundry services, and Free Wi-Fi in our lounge.

Our restaurant is always here to fill your hunger for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We invite you especially to join our demo cuisine dinners, which includes in participating with the chef to learn about unique dinner dishes.

Activities Around

  • Daily morning yoga classes @ 7 A.M.
  • Waterfall Jungle tours
  • Free Hot Springs!!!
  • Rich nature encounters around the farm and jungle
  • Swimming at our farm pool & enjoying the hammocks overlooking the majestic views
  • Swimming in the volcanic lake above Cerro Chato
  • Horseback riding tours
  • Kayak & Rafting tours
  • Forest Night tours
  • Canopy Zip-lining & Rapelling


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