Arenal Eco Zoo, El Castillo

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#4 of 15 in Zoos & Aquariums in Costa Rica
Discover diverse Costa Rican ecosystems at Arenal Eco Zoo, which boasts one of the best collections of reptiles and amphibians on the island. Hold a python, let a butterfly land on your hand, and admire gigantic spiders and colorful frogs. Kind and extremely knowledgeable staff can guide you through the entire zoo and answer all your questions. Check out the native red-eyed tree frogs, which usually come out at night. Additional activities include day and night tours, ATV tours, horseback riding, and more. Grab some refreshments at the onsite restaurant, serving appetizing and fresh local foods. Put Arenal Eco Zoo on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our El Castillo attractions planning website .
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  • My partner and I went to visit the Eco Zoo on a whim and it was the best part of our trip! Julio was wonderful and took the time to answer all our questions, he was exceedingly knowledgeable about all...  more »
  • A relatively small but fascinating place that provides an overview of the reptile and amphibian world of Central America. We recommend a guided tour, because only then do you get told - the highly interesting links and details about the individual animal species and witnessed, as the one or the other snake is brought from its terrarium. Touching allowed! Our English-speaking guide had an incredible knowledge of detail and you felt his contagious love and enthusiasm for the animals. (Without guided tour the wealth of eco opens zoos only conditionally...) Breathtaking stories about the poison and Würgeschlangen included. After our visit we have migrated with even greater attention and kundigerem look through the nature of Costa Rica - alone to not accidentally stepping on a pit viper.
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  • We are stopped a little by chance for a drink (juice home excellent!) I'm not fan of reptile, but we did the tour with a great guide very teacher and reassuring. I recommend
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  • We payed 26$ US dollars each (we were 3) and the half of the spaces where there was supposed to be animals were empty! There was interesting facts about the snakes but still there was a lot of cages empty... The person who made us visit was not able to explain anything about what was showed to us. Usually I love those kind of exposure but at that moment I was disappointed. It seems like that place was good in the past but now it is dying. Don't waste your money and time. I only have two pictures (the most interesting.. I didn't find the one with the dead looking small crocodile)
  • Go! Its very educational and fun and I hate snakes. Our guide, Victor, was wonderful and patient. He will speak on what interests you. All the snakes and insects were active. Seems small upon arrival but plenty to see and learn once inside.
  • This place is a must-visit for anybody who is interested in the wildlife (especially the snakes) of Costa Rica. Victor and his family are warm and hospitable hosts. Victor and Carlos are very knowledgeable and will teach you a ton! The Ecozoo holds a ton of snake specimens, as well as other reptiles, many amphibians, and birds! Absolutely get the tour of their zoo. However, I recommend a night tour for people who want to see these creatures in the wild. Both Victor and Carlos have eagle eyes. They can spot animals that you would have walked on by without even noticing. Be prepared for a fairly long (2-3 hours) hike, but you won't regret it! If you're hungry, the family also keeps a restaurant on the premises. Get yourself some homemade Costa Rican typical food, dine on the patio abuzz with thirsty hummingbirds, and enjoy the breathtaking view of Arenal volcano!
  • Go here if you want a great experience with attentive and well-informed naturalists who are passionate about snakes, turtles, amphibians, insects, and the future of all living things. It is well worth the entrance fee.
  • This place was amazing! We stumbled upon this place and I was weary at first because I am not a fan of snakes but I held 3 different types of snakes. The tour guide was clearly passionate about all of the animals and made me feel extremely comfortable! I would highly recommend this place to everyone!
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