Insider Scoop: Karol Chareza’s Costa Rica Adventure

Insider Scoop: Karol Chareza’s Costa Rica Adventure

Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Iris Sinilong

Costa Rica is an eco-traveller’s dream. Travel expert, Karol Chareza recently had the opportunity to explore the impressive Costa Rican landscape. We have the highlights!

Karol: I have many clients ask me about off the beaten path accommodations en route to national parks. Hotel Puerto San Luis is a great option. It’s fairly close to the Arenal National Park & Arenal Volcano.

On the lake, you’ll find plenty of watersports. It is a great spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing! Note that in the area there are small reptiles known as Caimans that are often mistaken as crocodiles. Not to worry as they are very harmless to humans.

costa rica ride

This was my ride in Costa Rica! Driving in Costa Rica requires a Canadian provincial driver’s license. It is also highly recommended that you take your Canadian passport with you (just in case). Unlike other countries down south, car insurance is available for purchase here.

I’ve driven in St Lucia, Poland, Cuba, Jamaica and many others and can’t tell you how comfortable driving was in Costa Rica in comparison. Keep in mind that night driving is not for the faint-hearted, especially when trying to traverse your way through national parks!


If you’re passing somewhere in the middle of nowhere and see a tour bus at the side of the road… STOP! They obviously know something you don’t so stop and see what they’re all looking at. We did and we found this little guy!

Le Bistro Restaurante

For some good food en route to the Arenal National Park & Volcano, make sure to drop by Le Bistro Restaurante.

hotel la mansion inn arenal 2

On our Costa Rica adventure, we also got the opportunity to stay at Hotel La Mansion Inn Arenal, which is a quaint cottage style property located between La Fortuna and Nuevo Arenal. It is a great starting point for travellers wishing to visit surrounding Arenal attractions such as the Arenal Volcano,  Mystic Arenal Lake, Monte Verde, and La Fortuna waterfall.

When hiking the trails in the National Park and around the Arenal Volcano, make sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes and carry a hiking stick for stability. It can get challenging especially on the trail up to the volcano viewpoint. Also keep in mind that some of the rails are missing and the volcanic rocks can be unsteady so be careful.

Why Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is home to the Arenal Volcano, which is one of 10 most active volcanoes in Central & South America. From my first visit to Mt. Etna, an active volcano in Italy to sailing by the Stromboli volcano while it was erupting, I’ve come to the realization that wherever there is a volcano, I’m heading there!

To learn more about different adventure destinations, contact Karol Chareza at 1-800-665-4981 ext. 7320.

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