Casa Delagua on Lake Arenal
Gallery, Book Swap & Coffee Shop


After another incredible visit to the Arenal Volcano...

Enjoying places like the Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, the Arenal Observatory Lodge - and even taking part in "calm water" rafting safari trip, sighting a variety of different animals, living along the Peñas Blancas River...

Next - it was on to Monteverde.

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Driving west out of La Fortuna (we rented a car, which was great - there's so much to see along the way), past the volcano, the dam, and eventually - along the northern bank of Lake Arenal...

Looking Out Over Lake Arenal
A View from the Car, Along the Northern Bank of Lake Arenal

It was exciting to be traveling this route once again - especially given some of the various places I'd visited before - ones I really couldn't wait, for my parents to experience, too.

My Mom with One of Mery's Coffee Specialities
Mom, with One of Mery's Coffee Specialties

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One such place...

A neat little house, located about an hour from La Fortuna - at the far western end of the lago ("lago" is Spanish for lake)...

Is Casa Delagua.

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A two-story, bistro-like restaurant - serving full breakfast, lunch and dinner - Costa Rican, Peruvian, and "fusion" cuisine...

There's also a coffee shop (be sure to try one of Mery's 23 delicious, hot and cold coffee beverages - and natural fruit smoothies as well)...

A Jaime Peligro (same as in Tamarindo and Quepos) book and CD store - the only one in the area, offering English titles - you can swap and trade books here too...

And an art gallery...

My Dad, Looking for Books
Dad Checking Out the Books, Right Next to Artwork by Juan Carlos Ruiz Soto

Beautiful works by Juan Carlos Ruiz Soto (his paintings, as seen inside Casa Delagua in the photo above) displayed in museums, public buildings...

And various private collections, around the world.

Art by Juan Carlos Ruiz Soto
Art by Juan Carlos Ruiz Soto

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Pulling up to the house, just a kilometer west, driving over the Piedras River - it was just as I'd remembered from before.

Secluded and peaceful, with beautiful views of the lake...

The perfect little stop, after a very scenic drive, from La Fortuna.

And yes, nature too.

While enjoying a meal and coffee, on the patio upstairs...

This is Casa Delagua
A Look at Casa Delagua, from the Lake

There's a chance to spot toucans and aracaris - two of the many different species of birds to be found, living around Lake Arenal.

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During our visit, we were talking with Joice Soto and Oliver Rojas - who with the help of Director, Frank Goodell - ensure everything's running smoothly at Casa Delagua.

Joice Sato, with Her Boyfriend, Oliver
Joice Sato and Oliver Rojas

Joice, sister to Juan Carlos (whose art could be seen on display)...

Had plenty of interesting things to share.

Serving secretary, for the new (as of 2012) Tenorio-Arenal Chamber of Tourism...

She was talking about the importance of sustainable tourism, and how progress was being made...

In areas such as the management and protection of natural resources, water resource management, environmental education, and others.

Cuatarte Logo
The Catuarte Initiative

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Well...

Along with a relaxing visit, with some very delicious eats and coffee - it was neat learning so much more about the area.

Be sure to chat with them, while there!

Actually, you can get in touch through their Facebook page, too - under the name Catuarte, a non-profit initiative in the Tenorio-Arenal area...

That both Joice and Oliver are involved with.

Any support you can lend - both with the Chamber of Tourism, and with Catuarte - I know they'd be very appreciative.

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Soon enough...

Looking to arrive at our next destination that evening - a cloud forest canopy tour, scheduled the following day - after just one last stop, along Lake Arenal (more on this one, another time)...

It was south once again, toward Tilarán, and then up into the mountains, to Monteverde.