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Healthy and Sustainable Gastronomy
Healthy and Sustainable Gastronomy

Our country is already world renowned as a sustainable destination, so it’s only natural that our cuisine be sustainable and healthy, in keeping with the uniquely Costa Rican expression our visitors find so appealing: Pura vida! (“pure life”) The National Plan for Sustainable and Healthy Gastronomy (PNGCSS, for its name in Spanish) is therefore an exceptional tool to give new value added to our tourism product through gastronomy. While we already have highly varied cuisine whose quality is constantly improving, Costa Rican gastronomy is not yet a tourism product. We’re taking action to make this happen by raising awareness, revitalizing, innovating, marketing, globalizing … We need to incorporate the ingredients nature bestows us as one of 12 megadiverse places on the planet, incorporating indigenous cooking and invigorating the “traditional” with a contemporary perspective of full revitalization. We have fruits and plants that have long been part of our gastronomical tradition or even naturalized in the Costa Rican diet, such as tacacos, flor de itabo, Chicazquil, zorrillo, flor del poro, cas, and pejibaye (peach plum fruit). In addition, we have realized, and it is increasingly clear, that what is distinctive about our gastronomy are the picadillos and gallitos, and that in […]

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Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park Arenal Volcano National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal) is a Costa Rican national park in the central part of the country, forming the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area. The park encompasses the Arenal Volcano, which “was” the most active in the country, which had previously been believed to be dormant until a major eruption in 1968. It neighbors Lake Arenal, which is the site of the country’s largest hydroelectricity project, the Lake Arenal Dam. The park also contains a second volcano, Chato, whose crater contains a lagoon. It is also called Cerro Chato (literally Mount Chato) as it has been inactive for around 3500 years–coinciding with the creation and growth of Arenal itself. In and around the park are various lodges and hotels, some with their own hot springs, and others focused on the wildlife of the area. Within the national park are the Museum of Volcanicity and a ranger station. The park lies within the 2,040 square kilometres (790 sq mi) Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area, protecting eight of Costa Rica’s 12 life zones and 16 protected reserves in the region between the Guanacaste and Tilarán mountain ranges, and including Lake Arenal. The park is most […]

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La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall Only at nine kilometers from Jardines Arenal Hotel is located one of the most visited places in the Arenal Volcano area, and it is the great “La Fortuna Waterfall”, very close to the Cerro Chato and the Arenal Volcano National Park. Famous for its enormous size of seventy meters of height is a unique attraction that cannot loss in your trip. From Jardines Arenal Hotel, you can get out in your vehicle or taxi to this great experience. The place has a large free parking where you can leave your vehicle without any concern. Beginning the tour you can contemplate the beautiful nature while traveling in a descent of five hundred steps, through a wide path with comfortable areas to rest. Shortly before you hit, you will hear and discover the great waterfall; and once there you would be impressed by such a magnificent natural spectacle. An impressive drop of crystal clear water forming a pool where visitors can swim, refresh and enjoy the peace of this wonderful natural resource. The place also has a viewpoint that has accessibility for people with a physical problem, where they can admire the Waterfall from a distance of two hundred […]

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Celeste River, a Natural Beauty

Celeste River, a Natural Beauty! Within the Volcán Tenorio National Park, located an one hour and a half from our Jardines Arenal Hotel, you will find one of the most famous and beautiful rivers in Costa Rica, called Río Celeste River. Considered one of the 7 tourist wonders of our country, it is a unique experience that no national or foreign tourist should let pass. A great work of art of the Creator who receives thousands of people every year, in a walk of approximately 3.5 kilometers, which are marveling at such beautiful landscape. Being the color of the turquoise river, it gives the sensation to its visitors to be in the sky. Among its main attractions are its spectacular waterfalls, where taking photos will leave an unforgettable memory. In addition to a great phenomenon that has its place in “The Teñideros”, this is where the river gets its name, turquoise color is the product of a perception of the human eye, due to the dispersion of sunlight. A group of scientists at the National University discovered that a type of mineral compound (a white substance that covers the rocks at the bottom of the river) of aluminum, silicon and […]

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