Driving time from San Jose: 5 hours
San Jose- Alajuela- Poas Volcano- Varablanca- Cariblanco- San Miguel- Aguas Zarcas- Muelle- La Fortuna.
Take the Panamerican Highway # 1 north towards the airport. Once you have passed the Toll booth and the first street light take the exit to Alajuela just in front of the Airport and continue that road through Alajuela downtown. Once passing the town of Alajuela you will start to climb the mountains and see the coffee plantations that will lead you to the Poas Volcano. Before you reach the Volcano you will find a sign to Varablanca. Turn right and continue straight ahead until the next stop sign where you turn left to Cariblanco and San Miguel. Before reaching San Miguel follow the sign to Aguas Zarcas, Muelle, Tanque and into La Fortuna. After La Fortuna follow the signs to Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens as if continue to the dam. Take a dirt road for 500 meters on your right at the entrance of Volcano Lodge also on your right.