Arenal Natura Ecological Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Meet the animals at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, an educational animal park. Set against a backdrop of Arenal volcano jutting out from the lush forest, the park introduces visitors to the country's amphibious and reptilian residents. Take a tour of the grounds and learn about the natural diversity of Costa Rica and modern efforts to protect it. Head to the frog and snake gardens to see all the colorful creatures thriving there, and learn from your guide how to identify different varieties. The crocodile and caiman lake gives you the chance to get up close to these powerful animals, with the trained and experienced guides ensuring the safety of visitors of all ages. Put Arenal Natura Ecological Park and other La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions into our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder tool , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Went on a night tour in search of frogs and other wildlife. Chris was our guide and was very knowledgeable. He was good at finding animals. We saw some sloths, possum, rabbit, several frogs, etc.  more »
  • Our family of 4 (with kids 5 and 7) went to this nature park and were enchanted. Our guide Christian was a wealth of knowledge and so good making it fun for the kids. We saw many butterflies, frogs, c...  more »
  • The arrival at the Park is hell, a 4 or 5 km road unpaved that it becomes heavy. From the entrance there is a path that can easily be done in 2-3 hours which does not have much difficulty. The highest point has the remains of lava from the latest eruption, and along the way you can see some animals and lots of vegetation.
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  • We did the night tour and wow was it amazing. We wandered the ground searching for all sorts of things that go bump in the night and we certainly found them. Multiple varieties of frogs, bats and insects. Doing the tour at night when certain creatures are a lot more active really enhances the experience. The guides were knowledgeable friendly and genuinely interested in ecology. It's a bit pricey but I think it was worth the trip.
  • Wow, wow, and WOW! We loved our stay in Arenal. It was the most beautiful place I've ever been. With lush forest and a beautiful volcano I couldn't have picked a better place to honeymoon. We used Costa Rica Vacations to book our whole time in Costa Rica and it was just fantastic. Every driver we had, every tour guide, phenomenal.
  • The Staff is most helpfull and ther englisch id good
  • The night tour makes you realize how much you miss when you visit during the day.
  • Good price for a beutiful park with great easy walking trails. Well worth a visit.

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Options consist of hotels, guesthouses, and backpacker hostels, most of which sit near the town's main road--Route 142--and the bus station. You can expect a swimming pool and complimentary breakfast at most mid-range accommodations there. If you're feeling more adventurous, choose to stay at one of the spas or eco-resorts at the foot of the volcano, where you'll also enjoy onsite access to natural hot springs.
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