What an awesome experience! My friend and I came here during the "rainy" season in October. While it did definitely pour at times, I did not feel that the rain impeded our good time at all. In fact, most of the weather was gorgeous. One night it rained and thundered and we sat in the observation tower and listened to the storm. Long story short - do not avoid the "green" season - there is plenty to offer.
The farm itself is great. The whole area is full of birds and plants and looks well manicured. We stayed in a bungalow, which was clean and well kept. It was bigger than I thought and very comfortable. There are countless things to do on the farm during the day. We explored the trails and visited the pigs and other animals. We even saw a sloth up in a tree on our free farm tour.
The food was pretty good, nothing too special for the price. I will say, though, I usually have stomach problems and all of these were completely gone while staying at eating the food at the farm. It is fresh and much of it is actually from the farm or at least close by. Try the tumeric dressing. They grow the tumeric on the farm and I think I put that dressing on everything, even pancakes. It's awesome. If you dont want to eat at the farm, you can drive to La Fortuna for dinner, but it is also a little pricey/touristy.
The location is great. Rent a car and explore the hot springs, hanging bridges, Arenal volcano... if you are up to it hike Cerro Chatto. It is super hard (for a New Yorker at least...) but worth it. If you are not a tour person, you can do most of the "tours" they offer on your own by going on the trails or having a car and driving to the nearby attractions. It is nice to have someone pointing out things to you, but if you are on a budget or don't like groups it is good to have the option.
All in all, come here! We spent 4 days at the farm and exploring the nearby areas and it was GREAT GREAT GREAT.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Finca Luna Nueva Lodge is a sustainable rainforest eco-lodge hotel, offering an intimate experience of primary rainforest together with a certified organic biodynamic farm and also we have Certification for Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica. N 2003 we decided to take our promotion of sustainable practices to the next level by building several beautiful eco-lodges using fallen timber from the farm. Since then we have added a 50 foot high observation tower, a solar heated Jacuzzi, an ozonated swimming pool, and a handicapped accessible rainforest trail. Now you can experience the Costa Rican rainforest, learn about our farm's sustainable practices and relax in our rustic yet luxurious accommodations. Walk through well-groomed rain forest trails on our guided farm tours and hikes, eat gourmet meals prepared from our fresh organic garden produce, and witness the majesty of the Arenal Volcano. For adventure activity enthusiasts, we are located only 30 minutes from La Fortuna, the adventure capital of Costa Rica, and home of world famous Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna is a must see destination for anyone seeking a thrill, and our experienced staff will be more than happy to schedule all of your activities and tours for you. With 14 rooms and 40 beds, accommodations can be made for both the traveler looking for an intimate getaway as well as housing for large groups and conferences. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Finca Luna Nueva Lodge Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park