Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Day 1 (Continued) - 2017 Costa Rica Journal

For the first 3 days of our trip we stayed at the beautiful Arenal Observatory Lodge. 

The Arenal Volcano, thought to be a mountain, suddenly erupted in 1968, destroying the small town of Tabacon. There were several more eruptions through 1998, but the volcano has been considered dormant since 2010. In the early 1970s, scientists from the Smithsonian Institution began monitoring seismic activity at Arenal Volcano.

The lodge was built in 1987 to accommodate researchers from the Smithsonian Institute. The grounds include 870 acres within what is now designated as Arenal Volcano National Park. The 29,692 acre Arenal National Park was founded in 1991. The lodge is located between Arenal Volcano, Cerro Chato Volcano, and Lake Arenal.  There are 7 miles of trails surrounding the lodge.

We arrived at our hotel with only a couple hours of day light left.  We had reserved the Smithsonian room as it has a glass wall that looks out over the Arenal Volcano and has a private patio.
Wall of glass

Private Patio

Arenal Volcano from our patio

Lake Arenal view from our patio.
The hotel grounds are beautifully landscaped with flowering trees, shrubs and water features.

Even our maid was into flowers!

She was also very creative with towels and linens!
Elephant created from towels.

Even with only a couple of hours of day light to bird we still saw some beautiful birds and mammals.

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Montezuma Oropendula

Yellow-throated Toucan

White-nosed Coati
Next time:  Day 2 - Birds, Monkeys, Caimans and more!

Day 1 bird list: 34 birds

Gray-headed Chachalaca
Crested Guan
Great Curassow
Cattle Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Ruddy Ground Dove
White-winged Dove
Violet Sabrewing
Coppery-headed Emerald
Rufus-tailed Hummingbird
Red-headed Barbet
Prong-billed Barbet
Emerald Toucanet
Yellow-throated Toucan
Great Kiskadee
Tropical Kingbird
Clay-colored Thrush
Tennessee Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Passerini’s Tanager
Blue-Gray Tanager
Palm Tanager
Silver-throated Tanager
Green Honeycreeper
Thick-billed Seed Finch
Buff-throated Saltator
Grayish Saltator
Common Chlorospingus
Summer Tanager
Great-tailed Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
Montezuma Oropendola
Mammals: White-nosed Coati

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