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Lomas del Volcan holiday reviews

Mr. Martin White
    

Date of trip: 23/11/2019

    

Number of people: 2

"What an amazing location and lovely setting in view of the volcano and the forest. Unfortunately, throughout our stay the cloud did not rise enough for us to see the volcano and it rained for most of the time. The hotel was well set out and modern. The restaurant had a fantastic view of, what were told was a volcano, through a massive window. If the cloud had risen, we would have had a treat! The food was average: standard Costa Rican breakfast fare which was included in our deal, but the evening meal service was poor and the food uninspiring. The location of the hotel was great being in forest surroundings with the volcano as a backdrop, but it was too far away from the town, La Fortuna, to walk there. On our final night we took a taxi for a meal at La Parrilla De Maria which was very good and gave us an insight into the local community. We paid £40 each for two course and drinks. We stayed in a “lodge” about 200 yards from the reception and dining facilities. It was an innovative idea in being able to see the volcano one direction and the forest in the opposite. It was well equipped and very comfortable. The short walk on the edge of the hotel grounds was interesting. Had we taken this walk after our tour to see the mountain up close, when we came across a Pit Viper (poisonous snake), we may have been more careful of what we were treading on! The tours we took were great and included: 1. The Arenal Hanging Bridges where and a few bridges Ali overcame her fear of them and complete the 15 without trauma! It was good to see the forest canopy from above. 2. Don Juan coffee and chocolate: it was very interesting to see how the famous coffee is grown and processed. 3. We had to undertake the guided hike to the volcano in a thunderstorm! The guide was very informative, but the weather prevented enjoyment of this outing. We crossed the lake in driving rain, staggered up to a lookout in thunder and lightning and proceeded to climb the lower slopes of lava in more heavy rain. This is where we saw the Pit Viper. 4. Ecotermales hot springs has an excellent set up with pools to laze in which increased in temperature from 36.5 to 40.5 degrees C 5. Zip wires where Ali not only conquered her fears again but was also really enjoying it when we got to the 16th and final ride! It was very safe having two support cables, effective safety mechanisms and procedures and well organised and trained staff. Having returned to the news of the fatalities in the New Zealand volcano I would be reluctant to stay that close to a live volcano again. "

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Flight time: The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

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