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Address: El Castillo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 2479 1058
Today
08:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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My boyfriend and I came across this place while driving through the area and we are extremely glad we stopped in. This is a small, family operated business and a great learning... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Alexventures
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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I came across this place while driving through the area and we are extremely glad we stopped in. This is a small, family operated business and a great learning experience. It was $23 per person for a guided tour around the grounds. Our guide Victor (a biology student) was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about all the animals... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went here with 2 children and we all had a great time. Victor Quesada Jnr has his Masters in Biology; currently writing his thesis and is incredibly knowledgeable about all types of reptiles, insects, mammals, etc. You have the opportunity to get close to all sorts of snakes, butterflies, turtles, frogs, etc. in this very intimate... More 

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Sidney, Ohio
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146 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Primarily indoors. Well done and very educational. Great with the kids. Highly recommended. Allow a couple of hours

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Clearwater, Florida
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We had to visit the zoo under rain but this did not stop our guide Miguel from taking the time and explaining each animal in detail. He answered all questions of my 7 year old daughter who did not stop asking. We learned a lot about the special animals in Costa Rica such as frogs, snakes and crocodiles with all... More 

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Thank AliceClearwater
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

This place was pretty cool. We wanted something to pass an hour or so for a relaxing day. Steven had so much knowledge about the animals. We held a snake and learned a lot. I recommend going with the guide. You simply miss so much if you don't know what to look for and the interesting facts of the animals.... More 

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El Castillo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Did this tour with my family in September 2016, Our English Speaking Guide was very knowledgeable, the exhibits were amazing and it was fun to see things up close that you would not WANT to encounter in the wild!

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Thank PuravidaElCastillo
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

everything in el castillo is near by, and the zoo is right there walking distance from the hotel we stayed at. our guide was very knowledgeable and funny, he knows a lot about butterflies, snake and all the insects.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We are a family of four with small children. We visited this place today following a long hike. We arrived tired and not very excited (except from our son of 6). But then we were greeted by a guide called Victor. And he was great! Great with kids and with parents :) He made all the difference. We left the... More 

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United States
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19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

I'm not a huge reptile fan, compared to my interest in other flora and fauna. I was nonetheless informed and intrigued by this tour including a lot of information about Costa Rican snakes and frogs, and some handling opportunities.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

Definitely more of a local type zoo or Reserve. Which we like . Not sure what to call it. Did get to hold a python and saw lots of different snakes. The guide was great. Tells you all about the snakes. I don't think you have a choice of a guude or not but if so I would use the... More 

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