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Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge

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| Arenal Volcano National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9526
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Great experience

Last night we joined Gerald on a night walk! He was very friendly, knowledgable and funny! English... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Divinia C
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Brunswick, Australia
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Frog tour was so good we did the sloth tour the next day

Did not think we’d see as many frogs, let alone, other animals. Loved the demo of how strong a leaf... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
OhSusannaAustralia
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Experience Arenal´s only wild frog sanctuary at night, when colorful tree frogs and other rainforest wildlife are most active and most easily observed. At least 28 frog species have made their home the ponds of Arenal Oasis. The Rojas Bonilla family carefully maintains native plants of Arenal, to create needed frog habitat in this private wildlife reserve of fresh spring water fed ponds; within a rainforest refuge connecting the rainforests of the Arenal Volcano and El Rio Burio. The night tour continues past the frog ponds along flat trails immersed in the noisy night rainforest. The guide will point out animals hiding from you. Support, enjoy and learn about the only wild frog sanctuary in the Arenal Volacano Area. Tours led by trained naturalist along flat rainforest trails start at 5:45pm at Arenal Oasis. Flashlights are provided and reservations are necessary. Included in the Tour: - Flashlights - Transportation Round Trip - Certified Naturalist Guide - Entrance Fee - Drinks What to Bring: - Camera - Closed Shoes - Long Pants - Raincoat - Confortable light Clothing - Big Smile
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  • Average3%
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“night walk” (34 reviews)
“night tour” (24 reviews)
“frog tour” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| Arenal Volcano National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
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+506 2479 9526
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Last night we joined Gerald on a night walk! He was very friendly, knowledgable and funny! English was very good and clear, it was obvious he is very passionate about what he does! We saw a range of frogs, ants, spiders, cikadas and a snake....More

Thank Divinia C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did not think we’d see as many frogs, let alone, other animals. Loved the demo of how strong a leaf cutter ant is! Gerald was a great guide on both trips. Ramon’s ability to drive and still spot wildlife on the sloth tour was impressive!...More

Thank OhSusannaAustralia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The wildlife refuge is something like a zoo but the spirit is to allow the animals to live as freely as they can. There is lots to see and the signs are helpful in understanding why some of the critters are there.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was really worth the money. A walk in the park and thanks to the very friendly guide we saw a lot of animals you wouldn’t see if you would go on your own. The guide even made the pictures for us, which resulted in...More

Thank Steven H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a night hike at the Arenal Oasis Eco Wildlife Refuge with Gerald. Wow! He was so well education and a great teacher, as well as being a fun man to spend a few hours with. We saw a ton of wildlife and had...More

Thank Luv2GoTravel
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

I wish I could remember his name - Ormonde? Orwell? But he was great on our frog night tour arranged through Anywhere Costa Rica (thanks Yahaira!) We saw so many different things and he was patient and kind to my kids, who were rapt!

1  Thank sanantoniogirl
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

Juan gave us a fascinating tour of the evening animal life at this refuge. Beautiful creatures and plants. He was most informative and interesting. He was familiar enough with the area that we saw multiple species of insects, frogs, birds and snakes. A light drizzle...More

Thank Russell S
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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Even with heavy rains, our night hike was an amazing experience. Our guide Juan was very knowledgeable about plants and animals and we all learned so much. My husband is a biology teacher and was inspired by Juan’s ability to find creatures. We all enjoyed...More

Thank Karen S
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Reviewed 25 May 2018

I went on the Oasis Nith Frog Tour. We saw 16 different species of frogs and several other species of animals. The guide was very informed and was a joy to listen to.

Thank Craig W
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We did a private tour of this place, and there was something special about seeing the frogs come active at night. I just wish they could have more maps for information purposes.

Thank SunnytheTraveller
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Jason C
30 March 2018|
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Response from LouGoon | Reviewed this property |
Hi, The Arenal Oasis website tells you the tour cost - sorry it won't let me paste the website link here! When we went (November) we didn't really get any mozzie bites but we did wear long trousers/coats etc for the night... More
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wlapaintmaker
6 February 2017|
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Response from MissT603 | Reviewed this property |
The trails would probably be very difficult in a wheelchair. They are pebbly gravel and some are very steep. I only did the night walk so not sure if there might be something more accessible.
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