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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  • Entered into the butterfly sanctuary, so many beautiful types to see, some landed on my friends and husband, then a short tour around saw crocs, and in behind glass because they are poisonous various ...  more »
  • I had bit of bad luck as it was raining heavily as I visited. I was actually almost alone the whole time without seeing anyone else, so it was little unreal visit. The park must be amazing during sunn...  more »
  • In this night walk led us Roy, excellent guide. The place is beautiful at night. You can see a variety of frogs even though that was a little dry weather, as well as a great diversity of insects, birds and small mammals like armadillos. Very nice experience.
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  • Very good guide! Managed to see a couple of frogs in the wild. A lot of frogs, snakes and lizards inside of terrariums, not the fun way to see them but you get to see them :)
  • 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.
  • Arenal national is a beautiful park to visit. This park does get a bit crowded in the morning so if you like less of a crowed go a tad later like 2 or so. I had a guide that i paid a bit extra for, but its very worth it having a guide. He carries a really nice telescope with him and he can take beautiful close up pictures through it on your phone too. They are also very knowledgable and know where animals live along the trail in the park so they spot them very quick and they can tell you about the animal. It is actually crazy how they can spot so many animals. I saw two eyelash vipors on this trail along with 2 family of monkies, a trantuala, so many exotic birds, some animals ive never heard of and a sleeping sloth sleeping high up into the canopy. This park has many swinging bridges. It helps you see what it feels like to be an animal (monkey for example) living high up in the canopy. I really enjoyed the hike. Although the trail is slightly hilly it is accommodating for people in wheelchairs.
  • A great way to pass an afternoon. You can see lots of butterflies and many amphibians
  • 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.
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