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!

*Note: Below Images are all taken from our hostel, and are an accurate depiction of the Essence Arenal Experience.

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 our 22 hectare property farm and rain forest, Hot Showers, Massages in our Bamboo Spa, laundry services, and Free Wi-Fi.

Our on-site restaurant is always here to satisfy your hunger for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We invite you especially to join our dinner demo cuisines, that includes participating with the chef to learn about our unique international dishes with a vegetarian twist.

Activities Around

  • Daily morning yoga classes @ 7 A.M.
  • Waterfall Jungle tours
  • Free Hot Springs!
  • Rain forest and farm tours on our pristine 22 hectare property
  • Swimming at our farm pool & enjoying the hammocks overlooking majestic views of Arenal Volcano
  • Swimming in the volcanic lake above Cerro Chato
  • Horseback riding tours on our majestic El Castillo hills and waterfalls
  • Kayak & Rafting tours
  • Forest Night tours
  • Canopy Zip-lining & Rappelling