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 into our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This was a fun tour and overall very good. Our guide was knowledgeable and great at spotting elusive amphibians! My one piece of constructive feedback was that the guide was a bit too hands-on at time...  more »
  • We took the night tour in June - it is the rainy season, so not surprisingly there was a light rain. This actually made the frogs more active and they were out in numbers. Our guide was informative an...  more »
  • This nature trail was full of the plants and animals of the region. We even saw a sloth up in the trees.
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  • 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.
  • Good price for a beutiful park with great easy walking trails. Well worth a visit.
  • Night walk in Arenal Natura is an interesting concept. If you like frogs, snakes and birds and other nocturnal animals, you will have a good time. The crocodiles, caymans and other caged animals are an "additional" attractions. They will be adding an Orchid Park and a butterfly house shortly.
  • fantastic night walk, saw so many colourful frogs plus a possum, a snake and other reptiles, with a really enthusiastic guide. highly recommended!
  • Nice, but not a whole lot to see.