We visited this place back in summer of 2008 and it was a spectacular experience. The moment we went down the trail into the forest leading to the hot springs, a chorus of seemingly hundreds of birds overwhelmed the air. What a tropical welcome! Then the trail winds through and along a beautiful stream at the same time descending lower and deeper into the forest. Soon the tropical canopy is way above you and at times you cannot see the sky anymore. At the end, you have this series of some 6-7 hot springs with varying tempatures all built along that stream. There are natural sitting areas in these pools and we got mesmerized by the frolicking stream and sound of water all around us. The clouds that gathered above but now have come down into the trees like a cloud forest.
It was rainy season and soon drops of rain the size of quail eggs started hitting the surface of the pools but everything was still warm. The rain came and went but continued for the 3 days we were there. That was the best memory we have of Termales del Bosque. That was the most natural and beautiful hot springs we have seen anywhere.
You should also check out the horse rides offered there. Our daughters had a wonderful time learning horse riding in Spanish and by example. We trotted and galloped on these rolling hills, down the creek, under the trees. ... We even scared off (unintentionally) a big tropical bird incubating her eggs in the grass when we rode by her nest. She was in midst of the tall grass and we did not see her. Then we got to see the eggs in that nest. It was so fun riding horses in this natural environment that we signed up again the next day. There is no way we could have done that in the States. For some $10 per person, it was a wonderful bargain.
The room itself is simple but authentic and we appreciate the cultural aspect of it. The hotel ground is very scenic with tropical plants, birds, ... The meals were good. We especially found the ceviche there to be the best and nothing since then have come close even at other Costa Rican resorts later on the trip.
The only thing that went wrong was the road back to the main highway after our stay. It was closed for construction so we had to join this caravan of other vehicles on this long, winding detour that went into people's backyard, narrow alleys, huge pot holes and hours of delay on our way to Arenal.
- Also Known As:
- Termales Del Bosque Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
- Termales Del Bosque Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park