Get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in an authentic & raw Costa Rican experience. Essence Arenal is located in El Castillo, a small neighboring village to La Fortuna, directly on Lake Arenal a top the hills overlooking Arenal volcano. With 22 hectares of prime hilltop forested pristine land, with breathtaking views, we take pride in giving our guests an experience of a life time.

From Forest trails down to a majestic waterfall hidden in the rain forest, enjoying mystical Free Hot Springs, horseback riding and canopy tours, there’s a rich amount of nature activities to experience here at Essence Arenal. Welcome home friends!

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

22 hectares

Languages spoken

  • english
  • german
  • spanish

People on site

10 - 60

Dry season

Wet season

June to October

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping
  • private room
  • shared rooms

Vegetarian Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • restaurant on site


  • medium: voice calls (no video)

Ongoing classes

  • yoga

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