Arenal Eco Zoo, El Castillo

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Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
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. With our world travel planner, El Castillo attractions like Arenal Eco Zoo can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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TripAdvisor
  • The owner and the staff are very knowledgeable and friendly, making this a delightful visit! And after you have visited the animals and made a lot of pistures - stop for a meal!  more »
  • 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 p...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Great place for kids. Our two young ones had fun holding the snakes, frogs, etc. The guide was very knowledgeable.
  • People are great here. Very informative. However they charged us more than what their site said.
  • The Zoo has many animals. Many of them have little to no space and open sores on their skin. Additionally my girlfriend and I paid for a private tour and 30 minutes into the tour they grouped in a large family of 6 who completely hijacked our tour. This led to a very disappointing experience and a waste of money. Go at your own risk.
  • This was excellent! Worth the trip Great guide victor Very knowledgeable Family owned and excellent with small children. What to see? Snakes, tree frogs, reptiles, crocs, turtles. No monkeys sloths or birds. Worth the drive from fortuna. The road is a bit rough and unpaved. No hay problema- Pura vida