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Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat  Hot Featured
Hotels 5 Green Stars
Eco Stars: 5 star
Stars: unrated
Location: Central America
Country: Costa Rica

Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat

Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat is an intimate facility situated on 26 acres of rolling hills with a spectacular, panoramic view of the Arenal Volcano, the surrounding mountains and valley. Lodging options include the 2 bedroom Heliconia House or one of 3 cabins, perched like tree houses, on a hill and are surrounded by tropical plants, teaming with a riot of butterflies and humming birds. The cabins and house are outfitted with comfortable, orthopedic beds, 800 count Egyptian cotton sheets, hot showers, mini-fridge and a large porch with hammocks for volcano watching. The Heliconia House has a full kitchen.

A stable of well trained and cared for horses, offers guests private, one-of-a-kind rides through the Costa Rican countryside. Guests often help with the morning chores, milking the cow, collecting eggs, grooming the horses and making cheese.

Private naturalist guides provide tours of rainforests and the volcano are arranged by the owners and on-site managers, Steve and Debbie. Activities such as white water rafting, zip lines, canyoning, can also be easily arranged in near by La Fortuna.

Our rural and community tourism programs include our little hamlet of Monterrey into our tourism project. Guests enjoy tours lead by locals, who benefit from proceeds generated from the tours. We believe tourism should enhance not over shadow a community.

For travelers looking for an authentic Costa Rican experience off the beaten track, Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat offers guests the perfect blend of Adventure, Discovery and Tranquility.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★★ (5)

Energy Rating: ★★★★ (4)
Staff Comment - We use compact fluorescent bulbs, on demand hot water systems for the showers and bathroom sinks. Wash all linens in cold water. Appliances have energy stars stickers. Reminder cards are in each room, reminding guests to conserve energy by shutting off lights and ceiling fans when not needed. We did have a methane gas system for cooking in the kitchen, but we stopped using the system. It needed us to have more cattle to keep the methane going. Costa Rica uses all wind, water and geothermal for production of electricity anyway, we didn't feel it was necessary to reinvent the wheel.

Water Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Water conservation efforts include the use of cards on the beds for guests to use when they want their linen changed. Linen is only changed upon request of the guests. Water saving toilets are in the rooms. Minimal use of toxic chemicals (bleach) for cleaning and washing linens. We do not irrigate, use use plants native to our climate, they do not require use of irrigation or chemicals. All of our landscaping is native to this micro-climate. We have a separate gray water system

Disposal Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - We encourage guests and staff to recycle. We have separate recycle bins in the rooms for guests. Since we opened we have initiated community garbage pick up. The community had been burning and burying trash before this was instituted. We recycle metal, glass and plastic. We encourage guests to bring refillable water bottles instead of buying bottled water. Our water is safe to drink and bottled water is not necessary.

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Our guests learn about consequences of deforestation and its effects on biodiversity, climate and water during their stay at Leaves and Lizards. Information is shared and discussed during our guided tours, through casual conversations and written material in their rooms. Our website and google groups pages provide information about deforestation and conservation efforts at Leaves and Lizards. Our in-room book information contains articles about ecological related topics. We have published articles on the topic., The Tico Times, AM Costa Rica and more. We host a yearly biodiversity study conducted by the University of Dallas biology department, lead by Dr. Marcy Brown-Marsden (a representative of Al Gore). They are tracking our reforestation project. We have planted over 3,000 trees on this former dairy farm.

Protection Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Our private guided tours include information about protecting the fragile life in the tropics. Our reforestation project has inspired local farmers to plant trees and protect their water sources from drying up. We promote local and community tourism by having locals as well as our professional guide lead tours on their properties. This cultural exchange promotes awareness and provides additional income for our community. Guests often choose to stay local instead of visiting the main tourist town of Fortuna.

Contact Details

Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat
500 meters Sur de Super Kike Alto Monterrey,
Monterrey, San Carlos,
Costa Rica
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