Arenal Eco Zoo, El Castillo

4.7
#3 of 14 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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  • August 29, 2017
    We visited the Arenal Ecozoo on our second day in Costa Rica and the information we gained from the knowledgeable and enthusiastic Carlos became our reference point as we explored the different habita...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    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 »
  • August 8, 2017
    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 »
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  • January 19, 2017
    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!
  • March 24, 2017
    Great place for kids. Our two young ones had fun holding the snakes, frogs, etc. The guide was very knowledgeable.
  • December 21, 2016
    People are great here. Very informative. However they charged us more than what their site said.
  • April 3, 2016
    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.
  • July 7, 2016
    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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