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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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great experience for kids

We went here on a rainy afternoon while staying at the nearby Arenal Observatory and Lodge. From the outside this place does not look like much and as the entrance price is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 January 2017
Andrew B
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London, United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

We went here on a rainy afternoon while staying at the nearby Arenal Observatory and Lodge. From the outside this place does not look like much and as the entrance price is relatively high we were not 100% convinced from the start. However, as soon as our tour got underway and we noticed how knowledgeable and friendly our guide was... More 

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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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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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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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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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