Welcome to El Castillo

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Welcome to El Castillo

Your Hosts

We are a diverse team of creatives and permaculture enthusiasts living in El Castillo. See the current two unique offers below and contact us if they are of interest to you. We make artisan soap for purchase with locally wild crafted volcanic clay. $8 x bar Paintings by commission. Send a photograph you'd love to inspire a painting. You will receive the artwork during your stay! Commissions must be requested with advance notice of three weeks. Cost varies with each image. Deposit first half of payment upon request. Reach out once you are booked if you are interested in any of our offers. For more on what we do and who we are, see gavilana dot com Thank you! Gavilana Permaculture team
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Gavilana Permaculture
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We are a diverse team of creatives and permaculture enthusiasts living in El Castillo. See the current two unique offers below and contact us if they are of interest to you. We make artisan soap for purchase with locally wild crafted volcanic clay. $8 x bar Paintings by commission. Send a photograph you'd love to inspire a painting. You will receive the artwork during your stay! Commissions must be requested with advance notice of three weeks. Cost varies with each image. Deposit first half of payment upon request. Reach out once you are booked if you are interested in any of our offers. For more on what we do and who we are, see gavilana dot com Thank you! Gavilana Permaculture team

Neighborhood of El Castillo

El Castillo is a unique village surrounded by Lake Arenal and the northern ridge of the Monteverde mountains. Experience Pura Vida land. Just a 40 minute drive to Fortuna. However once you are here you will want to stay put and watch the clouds roll over Arenal Volcano, watch birds soar in the wind thermals, hike out the door of your homestay or eat at a local eatery and generally take is easy. The nieghborhood is just that....a neighborhood of families, great places to eat local food, cows, horses, dogs, chickens, a school, a church and a salon that hosts indoor fútbol. You may even spot Banano, a scarlet macaw, calling out as she flies above.
Many hiking options in the village. Please ask us for more information if you need. These are our favorites. A few are not in the village however are within 25 minutes of your homestay. Walk to the river. There are several access points walkable from your homestay Senderos el Silencio. Bird watching paradise!!! Maybe even a sloth. Start in the morning and return in the afternoon using the same admission ticket. Several trails to hike of different levels. Experience birds that visit the edge of the forest and the field. Please inquire if you are interested in hiring a guide. Místico Hanging Bridges. Maintained trails allow you walk and look at the magnificient trees without feeling like you will trip on rocks. Hanging bridges range in length allowing you to experience being at tree tops. River access also for refreshing cool wading and bird watching. Please inquire Hike up the hill about 20 minutes and more from your homestay for a beautiful vista overlooking the lake and village. Appaloosa Horse Tours with Lilander offers a horseback ride up the mountain to the family farm and waterfall. Horses are very gentle. Children and first time riders welcome. Horses well taken care of. Lilander speaks Spanish and English. Please inquire and we can contact him.
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El Castillo
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Many hiking options in the village. Please ask us for more information if you need. These are our favorites. A few are not in the village however are within 25 minutes of your homestay. Walk to the river. There are several access points walkable from your homestay Senderos el Silencio. Bird watching paradise!!! Maybe even a sloth. Start in the morning and return in the afternoon using the same admission ticket. Several trails to hike of different levels. Experience birds that visit the edge of the forest and the field. Please inquire if you are interested in hiring a guide. Místico Hanging Bridges. Maintained trails allow you walk and look at the magnificient trees without feeling like you will trip on rocks. Hanging bridges range in length allowing you to experience being at tree tops. River access also for refreshing cool wading and bird watching. Please inquire Hike up the hill about 20 minutes and more from your homestay for a beautiful vista overlooking the lake and village. Appaloosa Horse Tours with Lilander offers a horseback ride up the mountain to the family farm and waterfall. Horses are very gentle. Children and first time riders welcome. Horses well taken care of. Lilander speaks Spanish and English. Please inquire and we can contact him.
Services available in El Castillo Professional massage by Krisia - contact us for reservations. Supermercado El Capiro and Super El Castillo offer bank services (cash withdrawal from credit card, with bank comision), printing of a page or two, and a selection of provisions. Local cheese and sour cream are available at El Capiro. Welcome Center - the team of Walter, Augustin and Daniel can show you activities in the area and also property for sale. Mechanic - Eduardo can assist with your vehicle.
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El Castillo
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Services available in El Castillo Professional massage by Krisia - contact us for reservations. Supermercado El Capiro and Super El Castillo offer bank services (cash withdrawal from credit card, with bank comision), printing of a page or two, and a selection of provisions. Local cheese and sour cream are available at El Capiro. Welcome Center - the team of Walter, Augustin and Daniel can show you activities in the area and also property for sale. Mechanic - Eduardo can assist with your vehicle.
Well worth a day visit. There's a bunch of available trails, great volcano views from their restaurant.
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Arenal Observatory Lodge & Trails
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Well worth a day visit. There's a bunch of available trails, great volcano views from their restaurant.
Many reasons to visit: walking distance, great trails and food, yoga classes, organic farm, ....
Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel
Many reasons to visit: walking distance, great trails and food, yoga classes, organic farm, ....
Trails of 1968. Two loops to choose from. Walk on lava trails, take in beautiful vistas. Bring a snack and water and take a break under a tree on a lava rock. Stop by the lake on the larger trail and watch the water birds taking flight or even sitting on a nest. Dogs also welcome on a leash! Also a small restaurant offering deliciously mafe Costa Rican and American fare and beverages.
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Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails
La Fortuna - El Castillo
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Trails of 1968. Two loops to choose from. Walk on lava trails, take in beautiful vistas. Bring a snack and water and take a break under a tree on a lava rock. Stop by the lake on the larger trail and watch the water birds taking flight or even sitting on a nest. Dogs also welcome on a leash! Also a small restaurant offering deliciously mafe Costa Rican and American fare and beverages.
State of the art hanging bridges, zip lines and more. 1 mile from El Castillo.
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Sky Adventures Arenal Park
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State of the art hanging bridges, zip lines and more. 1 mile from El Castillo.

El Castillo - Best Places To Eat

This is the best restaurant in El Castillo. Johnathan and team create fresh delicious tasting meals using a variety of herbs and cooking expertise. They do fantastic home fries, beef burgers, grilled vegetables and fried rice dishes. They offer fresh fruit smoothies and blended alcoholic beverages as well.
Restaurante El Patio al Carbon
This is the best restaurant in El Castillo. Johnathan and team create fresh delicious tasting meals using a variety of herbs and cooking expertise. They do fantastic home fries, beef burgers, grilled vegetables and fried rice dishes. They offer fresh fruit smoothies and blended alcoholic beverages as well.
located minutes from you homestay. California style burrito with Costa Rican flavor...Tico Bowl, chickens tacos great choices...actually everything is a good choice. Gluten,vegan and vegetarian options as well. Open 11am-9pm. closed tuesday.
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La Ventanita
La Fortuna - El Castillo
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located minutes from you homestay. California style burrito with Costa Rican flavor...Tico Bowl, chickens tacos great choices...actually everything is a good choice. Gluten,vegan and vegetarian options as well. Open 11am-9pm. closed tuesday.
Friendly service and good selection of international fare. very good ceviche.
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Fusion Grill Restaurante El Castillo Costa Rica.
La Fortuna - El Castillo
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Friendly service and good selection of international fare. very good ceviche.

Fortuna - in and around activities

Only 25 km (40 minute drive) from Castillo is the town of La Fortuna, where you'll find banks, post office, gas stations, dentists, lawyers, etc (it's common to purchase a land while on vacation) grocery stores, meat markets, 2nd hand clothes and more
In spite of being a touristy spot, well worth the visit! Have to be able to walk steps.
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La Fortuna Waterfall
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In spite of being a touristy spot, well worth the visit! Have to be able to walk steps.
great on a budget hot springs. Very family freindly. Hiking trails as well.
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Los Lagos
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great on a budget hot springs. Very family freindly. Hiking trails as well.
Serene, natural setting for hot springs. Limited amount for morning and afternoon allows for a relaxed atmosphere. Reservations recommended
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Ecotermales Fortuna
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Serene, natural setting for hot springs. Limited amount for morning and afternoon allows for a relaxed atmosphere. Reservations recommended
Zip line andventure alternative to Sky
Parque Arenal Mundo Aventura
La Fortuna - Catarata Río Fortuna
Zip line andventure alternative to Sky
Repelling excitement, among the activities La Roca Canyoning has to offer. Located next to Mystico Hanging Bridges.
La Roca Canyoning
Repelling excitement, among the activities La Roca Canyoning has to offer. Located next to Mystico Hanging Bridges.

Fortuna

These activities in Fortuna are within 40 minutes of your homestay. Los Lagos - great for families - really cool slide into thermal waters EcoTermales - natural setting. They only let a certain number of visitors in the morning and afternoon, creating a pleasant experience where you may be the only ones there. Tabacon - evening passes available free Tabacon - across from the entrance to Tabacon. You will see a yellow gate La Fortuna Waterfall - many steps there and return but worth it Senderos el Silencio
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La Fortuna
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These activities in Fortuna are within 40 minutes of your homestay. Los Lagos - great for families - really cool slide into thermal waters EcoTermales - natural setting. They only let a certain number of visitors in the morning and afternoon, creating a pleasant experience where you may be the only ones there. Tabacon - evening passes available free Tabacon - across from the entrance to Tabacon. You will see a yellow gate La Fortuna Waterfall - many steps there and return but worth it Senderos el Silencio
Indian food finally in Fortuna!! https://sunny-s-indian-restaurant.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral#gallery
Sunny´s Indian Restaurant
Indian food finally in Fortuna!! https://sunny-s-indian-restaurant.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral#gallery
great onsite roasted coffee. Excellent meal. Unique craft gifts/items/souvenirs for sale. https://redfrogcoffeeroaster.negocio.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral
Red Frog Coffee Roasters
great onsite roasted coffee. Excellent meal. Unique craft gifts/items/souvenirs for sale. https://redfrogcoffeeroaster.negocio.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral
Ask for the daily signature dish. Sometimes it's snapper, sometimes it's a great cut of beef, sometimes it's a see food soup. The couple that runs the place is George and Jackeline. Easily the best family run place in Fortuna.
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Restaurante Tierra Mía
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Ask for the daily signature dish. Sometimes it's snapper, sometimes it's a great cut of beef, sometimes it's a see food soup. The couple that runs the place is George and Jackeline. Easily the best family run place in Fortuna.
Farmers market - fridays 8am-4pm at the Feria. Just over the little bridge to San Ramon, on the left and before Super Rosvil grocer.
Biomercado
Avenida 327
Farmers market - fridays 8am-4pm at the Feria. Just over the little bridge to San Ramon, on the left and before Super Rosvil grocer.

Nuevo Arenal

A quaint Costa Rican town. ! hour drive from Castillo around the lake.
excellent pizza, gluten free options, super friendly staff
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Moya's Place
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excellent pizza, gluten free options, super friendly staff
Organic produce from local farmers and hand crafted IPA beers, kombuchas, yogurts (cow and goat), and more.
La Farmacia Organica
Organic produce from local farmers and hand crafted IPA beers, kombuchas, yogurts (cow and goat), and more.

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Keliavimas vietovėje

transportation options

not necessary to rent a car however this will give you most flexibility. If you have an extended stay, day or a few days rental of a car is as an option Walk within the village. Also, car services available to activities in Fortuna and on the way. Private shuttle availabe from either airport enables you to sit back and enjoy your travels. Interbus is the most widely used.
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book before you go??

We recommend contacting for current hours, safety protocols etc. within a few days of your visit.
Naudingos frazės

Typical Costa Rican phrases

Pura vida!
Ką įsidėti

To bring or not to bring....

that is the question. Travel lite and experience how little you an survive with. Light rain jacket, hiking shoes that have been worn (blisters are no fun), hat for sun and rain, sunscreen, travel umbrella, sweatpants/yoga pants/comfy pants for cooler mornings and evenings, light sweatshirt, socks (for hiking a cooler evenings), binoculars, swim suit...these are the basics. Pocket charger for phone and headlamp. Sometimes the electricity goes out. Your homestay will have a flashlight. Headlamp good for night walks. Your homestay has laundry services available. Please inquire.
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Children welcome!!

We welcome families...that is what Costa Rica is about.