The last few km of 4x4 road are rough, but worth it to take you literally off the beaten (tourist) track. When we did pass through La Fortuna on our way to some tours, we were so glad we were staying at L&L. The privacy of and the views from the casitas are awesome. I would highly recommend the tour of local dairy farm. Our children, ages 6 & 8, had a fantastic day! The host family was very relaxed and accommodating (shielding sensitive 6 yo witness cleaning of tilapia we caught in their pond and then ate for lunch). The zip line, at ~15-20 feet in the air, was just enough to give the kids the thrill of a zip line. The horses, named Canelo (its color) and Perezoso (Spanish for sloth, and entirely appropriate) had a great demeanor for novice horsepeople. And of course, we saw the dairy barn, milked a cow and made fresh cheese, which we ate with tortillas that we also made (after instruction). If it seems pricey, just consider how much you would pay for horse riding at home... that plus all the other activities and knowing that you are supporting local families instead of the corporations that attract the majority of tourist dollars, make it money well spent. Pura Vida!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This secluded resort is located on 26 acres with spectacular viewing of the Arenal Volcano near La Fortuna. Enjoy the panoramic vista of Arenal and Cerro Chato from a hammock on your porch or from your comfortable, orthopedic, queen sized beds with Egyptian cotton sheets. Meals prepared using locally grown ingredients at the Lava Lizard on-site dining facility. Guests are invited to help with daily 'chores' on this working farm. Milk a cow, collect eggs for breakfast or groom a horse. Enjoy private horseback riding, professional guide service, on site spa and 2 km of on site nature trails. The vision at Leaves and Lizards is to create the perfect blend of adventure, discovery and tranquility for each guest. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Leaves And Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
- Leaves And Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat Costa Rica/Arenal Volcano National Park