where to stay:
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens: Shell out some serious but worthwhile bucks to stay at this luxurious, secluded sanctuary in the heart of a tropical forest. Nayara Hotel is a genuine sanctuary where nothing is too much trouble for the staff and there is an emphasis on pampering and relaxation. Each morning you will be able to walk out onto the patio of your private casita and survey the tropical beauty of Areal Volcano National Park. After enjoying a scrumptious breakfast on your patio, hop on over to the hotel's spa and natural, slope side hot springs for an indulgent treatment. One of the 50 private casitas at Nayara Hotel begins at $520/night when you book here http://www.nayarasprings.com/index.html
El Silencio del Campo: One of the more affordable options to choose from while taking in the beauty and nature of Areal Volcano is the Hotel El Silencio del Campo. The ultra peaceful grounds offer onsite hot springs, so that you do not need to leave, and a spa for guests as well. Each morning guests are served a delicious breakfast from only the freshest ingredients from the onsite farm. El Silencio del Campo's accommodations include clean, private chalets that sleep up to 5. The price of a chalet begins at $173 USD/night http://www.hotelsilenciodelcampo.com/eng/index.html
where to eat:
Chifa la Familia Feliz: Get a taste for the Peruvian-Chinese cuisine, also know as Chifa, when you dine in La Fortuna de San Carlos (just outside of the national park). Some say these delicious dishes are a steal, so be sure to wear some stretchy pants and order up! We recommend you try ordering the well-seasoned Corvina Seabass or the Lomo Saltado (a classic dish in Peru).