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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  • August 8, 2017
    We took the guided tour and were able to see crocodiles, cayman, frogs, snakes and more. It was worth the money to learn more about each of the animals. We also took a little time to explore on our ow...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    We went on the Night Hike. Excellent naturalist, Miguel, led the hike which is about two hours. They provide flashlights. Make sure to wear closed-toed shoes and pants to fight off the bugs. We saw lo...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    We had a guided tour within the complex. The tour lasts 2 h to 3 h and allowed us to discover crocodiles, frogs, snakes and butterflies that inhabit Costa Rica. The guide, very friendly, did not hesitate to wet the shirt for us we order frogs in the area and taking pictures for us free of charge. As a bonus we had the chance to see a sloth! I recommend this tour to everyone stays in the vicinity
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  • June 14, 2017
    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.
  • May 7, 2017
    Good price for a beutiful park with great easy walking trails. Well worth a visit.
  • January 6, 2017
    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.
  • June 5, 2016
    fantastic night walk, saw so many colourful frogs plus a possum, a snake and other reptiles, with a really enthusiastic guide. highly recommended!
  • March 11, 2017
    Nice, but not a whole lot to see.

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