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Arenal Kioro offers a fabulous place with a natural view of to the Arenal Volcano. The hotel has 27 acres of undulating land, surrounded by two streams (La Palma and Kioro) with crystalline waters that begin to flow in the Arenal Volcano National Park. It has two paths where plant species are identified. 3 kilometers away there is a property with private thermal springs for our customer's delight.
The conservation of the environment is our motivation.
The Arenal Kioro Hotel carried out environmental studies to cause the least impact possible during the construction and operation of the project.
The property has a sewage treatment plant, smart systems for energy saving, recycling program, its own springs, construction with reforested woods We hope to count on your support and to present this place for future generations.
Create in our customers unforgettable experiences, based on the natural beauty that surrounds us with first class services, in harmony with environmental sustainability policies.
- Category :Luxury Hotel
- Opening : December, 15th 2005
- Type of property : Mountain hotel and viewpoint
- Location : 10 minutes North West from La Fortuna
- Type of rooms : Suites
- Total number of rooms : 53
- Total hectares of property : 27 Acres
- Humid climate. Temperature : 16 to 24 degrees Celsius
- Rooms for disabled
- Transportation to any part of the country (with charge).
- Game room (ping-pong, pool, board games).
- Thermal waters with transportation service.
- International food restaurant, lobby bar.
- Temperate pool for adults and children.
- internet , private parking.
- conference facilities.
- currency exchange.
- bell boy service.
- laundry service.
- room service.
- mini gym.
- gift shop.
HOTEL KIORO CONTACT
- Ricardo Araya C. General Manager
- John Clark Operation Manager 1
- Roger Araya Operation Manager 2
CONTACT SAN JOSE
Ricardo Araya J. Sales & Marketing Manager
Veracity of the promotional materialThe suscribed one, Mr. Ricardo Araya Cubillo, in my quality of General Manager of the Hotel Kioro Suites & Spa, declares under faith of oath that all the information containet in this promotional material is strictly truthful. Given on March 17th Alajuela City, 2008 Hotel Arenal Kioro
- Sustainable Policies
The Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa Hotel commits to the following : To be able to guarantee the conservation and efficient use of resources. To love nature and to transmit that love and respect by means of the living experience to our guests, employees and community. To apply the 5 Rs as far as the use of the resources and handling of remainders: to recycle, to reuse, to repair, to reject and to reduce. To encourage saving water and energy. To give participation to the local communities so that they are expressed themselves and to encourage the use and development of micro companies at a local level. To be co-authors in making an effort in order to rescue the values and traditions of the community. To inform and sensitize both the guests and employees in regards of our sustainable policies. To protect our flora and fauna, for we are completely against extracting plants or wild animals. We scold commercializing flora and fauna species and we no not keep wild animals captive. To consume traditional, organic products preferably, in recyclable packings, of high quality and produced in our local community. We scold any type of sexual abuse, especially involving under age human beings, therefore, the fulfillment of the N° 7899 law, against Commercial Sexual Abuse towards under age people and following our internal Behavior Code, we shall cancel the contract we have with people or companies that somehow help, contribute, tolerate o promote Sexual Abuse against children and teenagers.
- Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa and ICT's Certificate for the Tourism Sustainability of ICT.
In Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa e make a bigger effort every day to be sustainable and work together to know the sustainability policies of the company. The CST is a certification and categorization program of tourism businesses according to how well their operation produces the least environmental, social impact and closer to a sustainable concept. CST is divided in four areas: Physical Biological environment.
Assess the interaction of the company and the natural environment. Service Area.
Evaluate internal processes of the company Socioeconomic environment
It assesses the economic impact that the operation of the company produces in the community and also the efforts of the company to provide an economic benefit and social development in the area. External Client
Rate how the company will motivate the customer to participate with them for sustainability. Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa loves nature and believes in the rescue of values and traditions of our town. We are very proud of the efforts we do. We invite you to participate with us and give us your suggestions and comments on the topic to become increasingly sustainable.
- Trails Regulation:
Use snickers or hiking shoes Do not make noise during the trip. Do not support yourself in any of the trees. Do not extract plants and animals. Don't litter. No food No feed animals Guide's Explanation for visitors or tourists attending to the path: Use snickers or hiking shoes The entry of people in sandals is not allow because they are slippery, besides they do not protect the foot in case of snakes, bugs etc, and we don't want any accidents. Do not make noise during the trip. If we want to take advantage of the trail to observe wildlife, we must go silent in order to not afraid animals. Do not support yourself in any of the trees. Do not touch or rely on any tree because they can have toxic substances, insects or poisonous animals that can threaten people's health. Do not extract plants and animals. As a company that strives for conservation of forests (wildlife) of Costa Rica. We do not accept the removal of any plant, animal, insect etc. Don't litter. As in rule # 5, which seeks conservation, we should not dispose garbage within the paths. No Food. Do not enter with food to the trails because this can create scents that attracts animals, and they may attack to get the food.
- TRAVEL TIPS FOR TOURISTS
To make your stay in Costa Rica the most enjoyable experience, take into account this personal traveling tips: 1. Take along a photocopy of your passport. Make sure a photograph of you is easily seen, your personal data and the date you entered the country may all be in it too. 2. Deposit your valuable belongings (money, passport, plane tickets and traveler's checks) in your hotel's safety box. 3. Keep a list of all the numbers and serial numbers of your personal documents. 4. If you stay in popular multiple use cabins, find out about the security of maintaining your valuables within your room. 5. It's best not to carry jewelry with you. 6. Avoid changing money on the street. Use banks or well known exchanging offices. Check in your hotel for recommendations on the subject. Try to take only the amount of money you are going to use during the day. 7. Don't leave unattended objects such as cameras and video cameras. Keep your wallet in an inconspicuous place. 8. Make sure you know the address where you are going. Tell the people at your hotel about your destination. 9. Used cabs whose identifications are exhibited on the door. The license plates must have red numbers and the cars must be red too. As boarding a cab see that the meters shows ceros, or negotiate with the cabby the price of your trip prior to start the trip. 10. When driving do not give rides to people you don't know. Try not to park in dark or deserted spots. Use parking lots. These places are legally responsible for your car and anything left in it. Tell the administrator about anything you want to leave in your car. 11. The emergency number is 911. They speak English. 12. Always find out whether the 13% sales tax is included in the goods price your are purchasing. In restaurants and bars additional 10% tax is charged. Tipping is optional there. 13. Light clothes are recommended, but may be wise to carry a sweater or jacket since nights tend to be cool. At sea level shorts are good enough. If you plan to walk in the forest, long sleeve shirts, jeans, boots and a hat are more appropriate. Be sure your clothes are made of cotton. Don't forget a mosquito repellent, sunglasses and suntan lotion or cream. During the rainy season ( May through November) a jacket and an umbrella are a must. 14. Telephones, faxes, cellular phones, Internet, as well as audiovisual equipment are always at hand 15. Most establishments work from Monday to Sunday and are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Some private places close at noon. Bars and other recreation businesses are open still late at night. Government offices open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Banks open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Some banks have offices that remain open until 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm. 16. To rent a car, a current driver's license is necessary, along with a credit card. The drivers must be over 21 years old and a deposit should be paid. You drive on the right side lane and the international signs are used on streets ands roads. 17. About electricity, there is 110 or 220 volts power all over the country. Check with the people in your place before connecting any electrical apparatus on to the line.
- Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge
CAÑO NEGRO NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE he refuge in the north of Alajuela province was created in 1984 over 10,171 hectares. It consists of a seasonal lake and surrounding marshland. Caño Negro Lake, which covers 800 ha and is three meters deep, is, in fact, a pool of the River Eric, which flows into Arenal Lake. In the dry season, between February and May, the lake almost completely disappears, being reduced to small pools, channels and the arm of the river itself. The area is included on the List of Wetlands of International Importance of the Ramsar Convention. There are five main habitats. The vegetation growing along the edges of the lagoon and along the channels is mainly herbaceous, such as gamalote grass (Paspafum fasciculatum) and dormitona (Mimosa pigra) dotted with small trees like the abundant ice cream bean (Inga edu/is), provision tree (Pachira aquatica) and the coral bean (Erythrina fusca). At the edges of the lagoon there is lots of marsh vegetation with abundant juncus (Juncus spp). In the permanently or semi-permanently flooded places, primary flooded forest grows, which features a great variety of tree species such as emery (Vochysia guatemalensis) cotonron (Luehea seemannii) and tamarind (Dialium guianense). Camibar forest also grows in flooded areas although it is Less rich in species the predominant ones being copaiba (Copaifera aromatica) and crabwood (Carapa guianensis). The marillales areas have very homogenous vegetation, including Santa Maria (Calophyllum brasiliense), mang tree (Pterocarpus officinalis) and royal palm (Attalea butyracea). Finally, the stands of raffia palm (Raphfa taedigera) also contain American oil palm (Elaeis oleifera) and coquillo palm (Astrocaryum alatum). The presence of varied and important birdlife was the reason the area was set up a wildlife refuge. Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), white ibis (Eudocirnus albus), northern jacana (Jacana spinosa), wood stork (Mycteria americana), black-bellied whistling duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) and the threatened jabiru (Jabiru myctemia) are a few of the species that occur in large numbers. In ornithological terms, it is worth noting that the nesting colony of neotropic cormorants (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) here the largest in Costa Rica, and the Nicaraguan grackle, (Quiscalus nicaraguensis), an endemic species of the basin of Lake Nicaragua, occurs here in the only permanent population in the country. Among the threatened mammals living here are Baird's tapir (Iapirus bairdii), jaguar (Panthers onca), puma (Felis concolor) and ocelot (Felis pardalis). The river and channels are home to fish such as tropical gar (Atractosteus tropicus), a living fossil, and a large population of caiman (Caiman crocodylus). PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Location: on the Los Guatusos Plain, in the north of Alajuela province, very near the border with Nicaragua. Access: two routes lead to this important wetland San José-Alajuela-Cañas-San Rafael-Upala-Caño Negro (252 km) and San José-Alajuela-Ciudad Quesada-Los Chiles-Caño Negro (201 km). Both roads are asphalted except for the final kilometers. There are bus services San Jose-Caño Negro and Los Chiles-Caño Negro. Services: in the refuge there is a wetland research center with laboratories and rooms. In Cano Negro it is possible to hire boats to travel along the river, the channels and the lagoon.
- Venado Caves
VENADO CAVES These caves are located 3km east of the village of Venado, about 30 minutes from La Fortuna traveling by car. The caverns were discovered in the year of 1962. This complex consists in 12 living rooms of different sizes. The halls are wide and low, occasionally subterranean rivers will have to be crossed. The place that can explore it's of approximately 2000 meters. The caves were discovered by natives Malekus; must of them were build out of limestone, stalactites and coral, also by the capricious rocky formations due to the erosion action of the subterranean river that crossed them.
- Arenal Volcano and Tenorio Volcano National Parks
ARENAL VOLCANO AND TENORIO VOLCANO NATIONAL PARKS Arenal Volcano National Park was set up in 1994 over 12,124 hectares of land and Tenorio Volcano National Park in 1995 on 12,871 hectares. Both of these more or less adjoining parks are part of the Arenal-Tilarán Conservation Area, and both have obvious examples of volcanic activity. The three most representative volcanic features of these two national parks are Arenal Volcano, an almost perfect 1,633-meter- high active cone, whose explosive eruptions and emissions of very viscous lava, mainly at nighttime, provide an extraordinary spectacle; Chato Volcano, south-east of Arenal Volcano, a truncated cone with an explosion crater in its upper part occupied by a lagoon with bluey green water, and Tenorio Volcano, at 1,916 m which exhibits a lot of geothermal and solfataric activity. Arenal is a very recently formed conical stratovolcano, which in 1968 started erupting again with a loud Plinian-type explosion that formed a crater in half of the cone. Tenorio consists of four volcanic cones, other domes and pyroclastic cones and two twin craters identified as Montezuma Volcano. It now has fumaroles on the north-east flank, 965 meters high in the place known as Las Quemadas. There are also thermal sites in the place known as La Casa and on the banks of the River Roble. At the foot of these parks that protect many drainage basins there is the large Arenal Lagoon where over 40% of all the electricity consumed in Costa Rica is generated. The two parks are covered in very moist premontane forest, which in the case of the slopes of Arenal have been much altered due to the and western sides of Tenorio still have extensive primary forests. Some of the most representative species in these forests are the yellow milk (Pouteria con gestifolia), wild atta (Sloanea fagihea), freijo (Cordia alliodora), which is very numerous and the stone (Coccoloba tuerckheimii). One botanical curiosity on Tenorio Volcano is the jícaro danto (Parmenteria valerii) whose fruits resemble large cucumbers and grow directly out of the trunk. On Chato Volcano there are lots of orchids. Over 3,450 plant species have been identified in both parks. Thirty five species of freshwater fish have been recorded, one, the olomina (Priapichtys annectens), being endemic. Among the 78 amphibian species the endemic and extinct golden toad of Monteverde (Bufo periglenes) is worth a special mention. There are 135 known species of reptiles, including the oropel snake (Bothrops schi agelii). The 453 bird species that have been recorded represent over 50% of the total birdlife in the country. They include the resplendent quetzal (Pharomachrus macinfo), three-waif fed bellbird (Procnias tricarunculata), sunbittern (Europygas helias), great green macaw (Are ambigua), bare- necked umbrellabird (Cephalopterus glabncollis) and coppery-headed
emerald hummingbird (Elvira cupreiceps). One hundred and thirty one mammal species have been identified in both protected areas, including three of the most threatened species in Costa Rica: Baird's tapir (Tapirus bairdii), the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) and jaguar (Panthera onca). There are also pumas (Felis concolor), white-tail deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and three species of monkey: namely the mantled howler monkey (Alouafta palliata), white-faced capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus) and Central American spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi). PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Location: both volcanoes are part of the Cordillera de Guanacaste and are located in the provinces of Guanacaste and Alajuela. Arenal Volcano is on the eastern edge of Arenal Lagoon and Tenorio Volcano to the north-west of that lagoon. Access: access to Arenal Volcano National Park is via San Jose-Ciudad Quesada-Fortuna administration office (128 km) via an asphalted road. Access to Tenorio Volcano National Park is via the Pan-American Highway from San José to Cañas From there; take the road north to Upala. There are bus services and taxis San José-La Fortuna and Ciudad Quesada-La Fortuna. Servicios: la Administración del parque Volcán Arenal posee aparcamiento servicios y un centro de visitantes con auditorio. De el salen los senderos El Principal Las Heliconias, Las Coladas, Los Tucanes, La Catarata de La Fortuna y Los Miradores. La Administración del parque Volcán Tenorio se localiza en el Pilón de Bijagua. Service: the administration offices of Arenal Volcano park have a car park, toilets and a visitor center with an auditorium. The El Principal Las Heliconias, Las Coladas, Los Tucanes, La Catarata de a Fortuna and Los Miradores trails start from there. The Tenorio Volcano National Park offices are in Pilon de Bijagua. 1968's great explosion, Arenal Volcano After 500 years the Arenal left its latent state and awoke in July of 1968 to one of the most regrettable chapters of our recent history, as far as natural calamities.
Until 1968, the Arenal was considered to be a peaceful volcano. There is no evidence of activity during the colonial time or later years. It wasn't until the 30's, when an expeditionary group climbed to the top of the mountain and discovered fumaroles activity.
The Monday morning of July the 29th of 1968, the former called Hill of Arenal revealed all its volcanic nature and with a huge explosion in its west flank, ended abruptly with over a hundred human lives, at the same time that floated with ashes, gas and lava harvests', villages and farms. Huge amounts of hot stone, burning gases and tons of ashes ended with what was formerly known as a hill.
In the wets flank three craters were opened from the explosion: crater A with 1050 meters height, crater B with 1175 meters height and crater C with approximately 1460 meters height. Aside from these three craters that were opened during 1968, there was a crater D with 1633 meters height that already existed since before the eruptive period. One of these craters provoked an explosion of hot steams that destroyed 12 km2, destroying the villages of Pueblo Nuevo and Tabacón and causing the death of 87 people. In the last ten years this volcano has remain the most active in Costa Rica. But the tragedy however, helped to turn the area in one of the most visited places of the country, for both local and foreign visitors; the majestic sight of a volcano in constant activity that hasn't stopped being active for the past 30 years and the exuberant nature along with the flavor of a Costa Rican rural area that stills holds on to the old fashion features. Despite the natural invasion first, and second the visitors' invasion, the people from La Fortuna, Tabacón and other communities of the area managed to remember the people who fell on July 1968 sharing mass every year. The lava flows are very common in the Arenal Volcano. Other explosions made by the Volcano are: - 1975
- May 5th, 1998
- 2000 May 5th, 1998's eruption caused the breaking of one of the wall of the mountain and a big flow of hot stone and ashes that threaten nearby villages and some tourist's establishments such as Tabacón that at the moment had 200 people in it, among visitors and employees. Nowadays authorities are very alert due to the fact that this Volcano is one of the most dangerous and active in the country.
In the present the Arenal Volcano remains active all the time without representing any real danger to the visitors and giving the opportunity of enjoying the great scenic resources of the area, such as the Arenal Lagoon and the Arenal National Park; hot springs can also be access in the area.