Arenal Eco Zoo, El Castillo

(4.5/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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....  more »
  • 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 a...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • A unique experience to see some reptiles you might not be able to find on your own, we learned a lot from our guide
  • Nicest and most friendly place to see some reptiles in Costa Rica, if you are interested in visiting a Serpentario and also want to be able to touch them, Arenal Eco Zoo is the place to go.
  • Snakes, spiders, turtles, crocodile, butterflies. Lots of "critters" in cages and tanks to look at. We had a tour from the owner's son and he was very knowledgeable in what they had in their facility. Not sure about the meals they were just OK. If you want a close up look with the local critters this is the place to see.