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Address: La Fortuna San Carlos | Camino al Tanque, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
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+506 2479 7019
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Small private Natural Reserve that takes care of a secundary forest in...

Small private Natural Reserve that takes care of a secundary forest in natural reneration. iT counts with a 600mts trail along the park. Around the facility you will find sloths (2 and 3 toes) a pretty big diversity of birds (Aprox.170spp)Butterfly garden, where you breed close to 20 different species. The frogs are very common, but mostly at night, in the day the msot active one is the blue jeans frog.

It also has a small natural lake where Iguanas, Boat billed Herons and Caimans interact together.

Besides wildlife, the Ecocentro Danaus supports the Maleku's Indigenous by providing a small facility where they can teach and exhibit their art ( Buying their art is optional )

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Nature Walk at Ecological Park and Butterfly Garden Danaus
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Butterfly and Fauna Garden at Danaus Eco-Center

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Exactly what we came for!

It's a small place but it harbours a lot of fauna and flora. We got to see sloths (even a juvenile), birds, caymans, butterflies...If you have time for just one tour, this is the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mário C
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a small place but it harbours a lot of fauna and flora. We got to see sloths (even a juvenile), birds, caymans, butterflies...If you have time for just one tour, this is the one! Be sure to pay for the guide, well worth it, ours was amazing!

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Danaus was an interesting place! We went with our three children(ages 6, 7 and 10). We saw sloths, birds, iguanas, frogs, butterflies and caiman. The sloths were high up and well camouflaged, which became a little frustrating for my 6 year old to see. The binoculars were no help for her, either. My older two could spot things and then... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brought our seven year old to see some cool frogs and sloths. Saw one red frog. No sloths. Very unimpressive attraction and definitely not worth the $37 it cost to do it (7-800 meter walk through trees). We went to the Los Lagos hot springs, which was awesome, and saw more wildlife (butterflies; crocodiles; frogs; aunts nest/city). I do not... More 

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EcocentroDanaus, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Ecocentro Danaus, responded to this review

hello Blueremedy we apologize for unimpressive experience! we hope next time you ge to hired a guide and see more! unfortunally our animals arent in cages and that might have made the difference. kindly Elías More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful visit and were lucky to see tons of wildlife. The guide was very knowledgeable and experienced at finding wildlife. He took the time to make sure each of the four of us on the tour saw each thing and took photos for us through the binoculars. The walk was easy around beautiful grounds. We saw a... More 

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EcocentroDanaus, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Ecocentro Danaus, responded to this review

thanks a lot for visiting us and help us preserve our beauty. all our best Danaus Team More 

westchester
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really like the place and was fun time. to get in you pay for a tour ,or go on your own. going at nite is the best because you see the tree frogs. good lpace

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Portland, OR
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ended up there because I went in to la fortuna town from my hotel and had some time to kill before an afternoon tour. was recommended by a few tour companies as something you can do with no reservation/with limited time. I enjoyed myself, but am surprised at all of the high ratings. They had no guides available, so I... More 

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EcocentroDanaus, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Ecocentro Danaus, responded to this review

hello portland97227 we appreciated you visit as we do with every single visitor. we kindly reply to you to remind you and future visitors that guided tours are booked with a reservation in between. if you just show up the chances of catching the tour will be 0. once again, we are glad you have had a good time while... More 

Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although this is a fairly small eco centre, it has a wonderful atmosphere, from the butterfly gardens that house butterflies in all stages of growth, to the lake with the resident crocodiles, and the different varieties of monkey and reptiles. The guide was so knowledgeable and patient and helped us to take some amazing photographs. We were fortunate in that... More 

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Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small private nature reserve outside La Fortuna, but it is packed with interesting flora and fauna. Our guide, Elias, was superb. Maybe the best guide we had during our 11 days in Costa Rica.

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EcocentroDanaus, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Ecocentro Danaus, responded to this review

hello Traveler_18181 thanks a lot for visiting ecocentro danaus and helped us continue preserve more or humid tropical rainforest. hirig Elías as your guide increases awareness and knowleadge about our country. we hope you have had a great time with him. greetings Ecocentro danaus staff More 

El Paso, Texas USA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hands-down, the best place/tour to view animals in their natural habitat! My family (party of 5, 2 kids and Grandma) all enjoyed this tour immensely! We were fortunate to have booked Elias to be our Guide, as he did an incredible job of walking us through the park and finding each animal we wanted to see, especially with his telescope,... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

This little forested area has an amazing amount of wildlife. Just waiting for the walking tour to start we saw dozens of birds, reptiles, and small mammals. The main attraction are the sloths, which can be difficult to spot up in the tree-tops, but the knowledgeable and patient guides have telescopes to help you get a better view. The tour... More 

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