Arenal Eco Zoo, El Castillo

4.7
#3 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Costa Rica
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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  • If you have any interest in snakes, frogs, lizards, or bugs, this is the place for you. Friendly Victor runs the place and is the supreme herpetologist who's enthusiasm for his critters is unmistakabl...  more »
  • We decided to go to the Eco Zoo because my daughter loves snakes. Our tour guide Carlos was very knowledgeable,friendly, and enthusiastic. We had a great time holding some of the reptiles. We went the...  more »
  • Very nice colencion of butterflies and amphibians, the very good Gui very knowledgeable, to be a place very cuncurrido by both tourist, the instalment of this entry very well thank you for everything
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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

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