Booked a trip to the Arenal Volcano, based on official Costa Rican tourist info that one could see lava flows at the volcano peak. Wrong! - once there, we were told that the volcano had been dormant for at least a year and a half, so little to see other than a pretty, fairly small mountain with cloud cover (imagine a mini-me version of Fuji-san!).
Given that this was a four hour drive from the Westin Resort at Playa Conchal, we were disappointed, notwithstanding a visit to an interesting rain-forest nature reserve. However, that in itself was not worth the drive.
Would not recommend taking a day-trip to Arenal from anywhere in the Liberia area.
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