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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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Night tour with a frog orchestra

We did a private tour of this place, and there was something special about seeing the frogs come... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
SunnytheTraveller
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Seattle, USA
Sloth tour

Fabulous morning in a small group watching Iguana’s, Sloths, Toucans and other birds. Way way... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Irving H
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Wooster, Ohio
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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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“night walk” (34 reviews)
“night tour” (23 reviews)
“frog tour” (10 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 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous morning in a small group watching Iguana’s, Sloths, Toucans and other birds. Way way better than we expected. Our female guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Amazing photos on the phone using the monocular. The trip included a fabulous breakfast with a choice of cooked...More

Thank Irving H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did not stay at this hotel during our time in La Fortuna but we did do a sloth tour through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge and it was very good! The tour guide was very fluent in English which was great and we got to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great tour with amazing staff. Hansel our guide was extremely knowledgeable. He didn't rush us and helped facilitate getting some amazing photo's. We saw over a dozen frog species, Bullet Ants, a Small Rainbow Boa and large Gecko, plus a bunch of...More

Thank Adrian M
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took the night tour -- sprayed up with bug spray which is recommended although the guide will then not let you pick up the frogs since the spray is harmful for them. Spotted a lot of wildlife -- many many types of frogs and...More

Thank Lisa M
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

We did the night time frog tour. Saw frogs, snakes, bugs and had everything explained by a wonderful, enthusiastic intern. Makes you really appreciate nature even more.

Thank Looking4Food
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Did the guided night hike with our wonderful guide, Brandon. Right as we arrived and got out of the car, a staff member was in the parking lot with binoculars to show us some toucans sitting in a nearby tree. We saw 12 species of...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Estavan was our guide and he enthusiastically shared his extensive knowledge of the biology of the plants and animals and how they are connected. It was fascinating. We saw the red eyed tree frog and the poison arrow frog. They are truly beautiful. Our guide...More

2  Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

If you want a decent chance to see a red eyed tree frog, a bunch of other frog species and perhaps a snake or two DO THIS WALK!! I took professional level pics of the red eyed frog and good pics of the 12 other...More

Thank Albert T
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

I only had coffee at the cafe and went on the night hike which was amazing! The guide was very knowledgeable and we saw lots of frogs.

Thank Birdie3
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Jason C
31 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
7 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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