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Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge

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| Arenal Volcano National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9526
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Amazing experience, the butterfly house is amazing and the night tour is the best.

The butterfly house has so much to look at you could spend all day there. The best time to go is at... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Simon S
Great night tour

We saw a lot of snakes, frogs spiders and more. Our guide was very good. Only thing to complain was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stef K
Bern, Switzerland
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Experience Arenal´s only wild frog sanctuary at night, when colorful tree frogs and other rainforest wildlife are most active and most easily observed. At least 28 frog species have made their home the ponds of Arenal Oasis. The Rojas Bonilla family carefully maintains native plants of Arenal, to create needed frog habitat in this private wildlife reserve of fresh spring water fed ponds; within a rainforest refuge connecting the rainforests of the Arenal Volcano and El Rio Burio. The night tour continues past the frog ponds along flat trails immersed in the noisy night rainforest. The guide will point out animals hiding from you. Support, enjoy and learn about the only wild frog sanctuary in the Arenal Volacano Area. Tours led by trained naturalist along flat rainforest trails start at 5:45pm at Arenal Oasis. Flashlights are provided and reservations are necessary. Included in the Tour: - Flashlights - Transportation Round Trip - Certified Naturalist Guide - Entrance Fee - Drinks What to Bring: - Camera - Closed Shoes - Long Pants - Raincoat - Confortable light Clothing - Big Smile
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“night walk” (33 reviews)
“night tour” (20 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
| Arenal Volcano National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos 21007, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9526
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The butterfly house has so much to look at you could spend all day there. The best time to go is at night and get a night tour, you will see lots of animals which never appear during the day. The guides are wonderful and...More

Thank Simon S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw a lot of snakes, frogs spiders and more. Our guide was very good. Only thing to complain was our group size of 9 people, which is too big. And on the beginning of the tour the trail was very full with other groups.

Thank Stef K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very enriching tour with our guide Brendan. The guide spotted 4 snakes & over 14 different night species. Truly worth discovering these amazing creatures so hard to spot. Brendan also provided some explanations on each and even helped take amazing pictures. When you stay at...More

Thank MagaliCPatriceR
Reviewed 8 December 2017

We had a great night tour, where we had the opportunity to see lots of frog/snake/insect species up close. Our guide was great and allowed us to take some great photos with our macro lense! My only recommendation would be to bring a good LED...More

1  Thank LouGoon
Reviewed 26 November 2017

We booked a night hike through our hotel (Volcano Lodge and Springs). The tour guide was really good at finding frogs! We were really impressed with the variety and number of frogs we got to see. We saw a glass frog, a strawberry dart frog,...More

1  Thank Corin F
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

We had an awesome time on this tour. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip. We booked it through our hotel and they provided transportation there and back. Our guide Jaime was the highlight of the tour. He went above and beyond to make...More

Thank Nimah J
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Yes, the refuge is quite small, the price of the tour is expensive for what it is (not atypical for tours in the Arenal area), and our guide could have been a bit better, but if you want to see an excellent sampling of the...More

2  Thank Steve1362
Reviewed 3 November 2017

This place is great. As other reviews have said there is so much nature in such a small space. Our guide was brilliant and very knowledgeable, he was also enthusiastic which really helped. We had a group size of 7, and we all helped with...More

1  Thank Shelley82_11
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Don’t miss out on this tour. Our guide Jaime and was incredible. He brought a level of passion and professionalism unparalleled to other tours. Not only did he point out ten varieties of frogs and other animals, but he educated us on the history of...More

Thank Emily S
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Torches and a bottle of water each were given out at the beginning. Our two guides were excellent, showing us how to direct the torchlights to get the best out of viewing insects and wildlife in the dark, it was clear that our main guide...More

1  Thank cherryblossom50
Jose Andres B, Propietario at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Hello, Thank you very much for your visit, we are glad to hear you have enjoyed the Night Walk in our Rainforest. Thank you also for sharing your experience. It was a pleasure to have you here.!

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7 February 2017|
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Response from MissT603 | Reviewed this property |
The trails would probably be very difficult in a wheelchair. They are pebbly gravel and some are very steep. I only did the night walk so not sure if there might be something more accessible.
12 January 2017|
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Response from rykben | Reviewed this property |
We booked all of our tours and activities through Pacific Tradewinds. I'm sure your hotel or other trips planning sites will be able to help you book.
8 November 2016|
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Response from Jose Andres B | Property representative |
Hi Lory , you book it anytime between now And one hour before tour starts.!
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