The Arenal Volcano area of Costa Rica is full of wonder. Emily and I saw over 130 species of birds and I racked up almost 30 new species on my life list. The waterfalls were beautiful, the lush green rain forests brought many new wildlife encounters, and the volcano always loomed in the distance as a reminder of our exotic vacation. We spent most of our days hiking the trails around Arenal Observatory Lodge looking for birds and taking in the views. It was a great spring break and I highly recommend Arenal Observatory Lodge if you are interested in Costa Rica at its finest.