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Arenal Eco Zoo

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Address: Calle Real el Castillo, s/n, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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+506 2479 1058
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Nice time for the family!!!

I was a little skeptical at first but we had a great time and our guide Chris really educated us on all of the the snakes and other creatures they had. The tour takes about an... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
razza121
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Dalton, Massachusetts

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Dalton, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was a little skeptical at first but we had a great time and our guide Chris really educated us on all of the the snakes and other creatures they had. The tour takes about an hour and is well worth taking if you are ever in the area.

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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were not sure what to expect, but when we finally got there (it is a bit of a drive from the La Fortuna area) we were pleasantly surprised. The zoo is a labor of love for Victor and his sons. They have so many snakes, frogs, lizards, etc. Among the reptiles and amphibians they have, you will see red... More 

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8 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After reading the reviews here we expected a splendid time in the zoo. Well - we had amazing moments, i.e. when we could get in touch with snakes or tarantulas. But all in all the area is quite small. What's great, is that there are guides explaining a lot about the animals in CR.

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Thank Zyssets
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with our 2 boys aged 9 and 6. This place is well off the beaten track and all the better for it . It was just us and another young family there . Our guide was very knowledgable and funny and quick ( always good with young kids ) and fed a live mouse to a snake and... More 

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chris is a guy who relly went for to teach us something we did not know. How to bahave toward snakes in general and to each individually. Which snake jums an how long, where it bits. We exercised how to find camouflaged snake on branch. We saw how the snake bits and eat the mouse.You can easy imagine what if... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here twice, paid $12 per person, both times the guide was great, a lot of information, very friendly, several species in the wild. Loved it!

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Thank Saray A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed the Reptiles and the various animals on show. The guide was really informative and even opened a few cages for a close but safe view.

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

A evening walk in nature was different, our guide had flashlights and was very adept in finding and showing us a variety of nesting birds an three toe sloth and baby, a few different species of frogs , including the red eyed frog. I would suggest the night walk only for something different , the day light experience would provide... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Stopped by for a visit after going to Sky Adventures for some ziplining. This was about 15 minutes further down the road. Basically, you pay an admission fee and a tour guide takes you through the exhibits to look at snakes, frogs, lizards, toads and insects. It takes about an hour and a half. They will let you hold some... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

We had a great morning here with a personal guided tour and introduction to all the snakes, reptiles, amphibians and spiders. My two year old was delighted to hold some baby snail eating snakes and my five year old loves finally meeting a red eyed tree frog. Lovely friendly staff, including Victor who collected us from our accommodation at Arenal... More 

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