The Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park opened its doors and recreational facilities to the public during a rainy afternoon this Saturday. The inauguration of this aquatic-themed park comes at a time when both domestic and international tourism in Costa Rica are at all-time high levels and increasing significantly. This new water park is located in La Fortuna of the San Carlos canton, province of Alajuela.
According to a report by Juan Pablo Arias of business weekly El Financiero, construction of the park lasted four months from groundbreaking. The owner and developer are tying Kalambu Hot Springs to the nearby Nayara Hotel. Manager Freddy Obando explained that:
“We decided to invest in Kalambu Hot Springs because we already had the land plus the extra convenience of natural hot springs, which motivated us to develop a creative project to attract international visitors as well as domestic tourism.”
Aside from the traditional water slides and splash pools commonly associated with water parks, there are also natural hot springs, a restaurant that serves traditional dishes from Costa Rica along with special versions of fast-food recipes that are a bit healthier and tastier than their counterparts in the United States. An interactive playground that combines water cannons with mini slides and fun obstacles rounds out the amenities.
The park is built on a 2,000 square meter property that is under expansion. About 100 construction jobs have been generated in addition to the 50 staff members of Kalambu Hot Springs. La Fortuna is a region of Costa Rica that is naturally blessed with abundant water; this will ensure that this new park does not run into the difficulties of the giant wave pool and aquatic park that is being developed in Guanacaste.
It took 15 months to complete the water park, but the owners are keeping the investment costs a secret. Kalambu Hot Springs is just four kilometers away from the Arenal Volcano, one of the most iconic symbols associated with Costa Rica’s red-hot tourism industry.
As reported by The Costa Rica Star last year, the Arenal Volcano is once again displaying its famous phreatic (ground water) eruptions, smoke columns and other geologic events that are very popular among tourists who visit La Fortuna. Spending a fun-filled day with the family at Kalambu Hot Springs in the shadow of the imposing Arenal colossus will certainly attract plenty of visitors.