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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  • Having been put off going here because of other reviews, we weren't sure what to expect, but we had a great 5 hours exploring the whole of this park. It's true that it could be zipped round in 2 hours...  more »
  • We picked this tour on a free day because it was just up the road from Arenal Springs Resort & Spa. Resort took and picked us up in a golf cart. We were told $25 from resort staff, it was $23 at Natur...  more »
  • Santiago started out the tour with, "do you want to see a sloth?" Yes, we said , so we walked to the edge of the parking lot and their was a mom and baby! Huge crocodiles, beautiful butterflies in a l...  more »
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  • Natura Ecological Park wasn’t on our itinerary but a change in our schedule allowed us to spend a morning here. We really enjoyed our guided tour (it’s worth the cost to hire a guide as they are able to point out many of the animals that are nearly impossible to find) though the park. After the guided portion of the tour we were free to roam the trails on the property and enjoy the natural setting.
  • 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.
  • A really good nature reserve that is good to explore during the day but a wonderful place to visit at night. Our guide on the night tour, Carlos, was very well informed and enthusiastic about the reserve. This is well with a visit.
  • 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 :)
  • Breathtakingly beautiful. Definitely a site to see.
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