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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
Phone Number:
+506 2479 1058
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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I'm in love with the rainbow boa after this visit. Not only did we get to see a ton of cool reptiles, including many local breeds, but there were hummingbirds, frogs, butterflies... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Huma s

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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm in love with the rainbow boa after this visit. Not only did we get to see a ton of cool reptiles, including many local breeds, but there were hummingbirds, frogs, butterflies, etc. It was a very pleasant trip and great way to spend a couple of hours learning and hanging out with animals. Not only was the serpentarium a... More 

Thank Huma s
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Zoo was small but it was perfectly sized for you to get up close and personal with the animals behind a safe glass of course. Our guide was very knowledgable I highly recommend having one to tour the zoo. Not only did he tell us everything about each animal but he found them for us it they weren't easily... More 

Thank Sabrina C
Astoria, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you have the guts to go out in the jungle in the middle of the night, this is the absolute best way to do it! We did the Night Jungle Hike through Arenal Eco Zoo, and the experience was unbelievable. Our guide, Chris, was one of the best people we met on our stay in Costa Rica and made... More 

Thank AmandaIoco
Dalton, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank razza121
Pasadena, California
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11 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

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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Reviewed 6 April 2017 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.

Thank Zyssets
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7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 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 

Thank Rachel E
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 reviews
Reviewed 27 March 2017

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 

Thank BrinjeInHrast
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3 reviews
Reviewed 26 March 2017 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!

Thank Saray A
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 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.

Thank Maria R

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