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Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge

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Great Place in the Rainforest

Second time to visit this place.Each hike was different biggest the naturalist has his own area of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Monroe, Iowa
Wonderful setting

Very comfortable cabin right in the forest separated from the others by the trees. It felt like we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Shropshire, United Kingdom
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“night walk”(35 reviews)
“night tour”(24 reviews)
“frog tour”(12 reviews)
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...more
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 4 days ago

Second time to visit this place.Each hike was different biggest the naturalist has his own area of expertise to share. Wonderful snakes, frogs and insects. We even heard the largest owl in Costa Rico, but it remained hidden in the trees.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very comfortable cabin right in the forest separated from the others by the trees. It felt like we were on our own in the middle of nowhere! Private parking right outside the door was a bonus. The beds are comfortable, and it had the best...More

Thank Slidy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even if it rains, you should go on this tour. It's so intimate and informative. The guides all know their stuff inside out and were able to answer pretty much anything we asked. I wish I could have remembered every name they told us, wow!

Thank MDC115
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great stay for a quite night of sleep if you love nature. The rustic -yet- cool cabins, are settle into the woods. Restaurant has a pretty simple menu, but is tasty. It has bird feeders and beautiful birds. Friendly staff.

Thank DonGaTico
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Awesome place for breakfast while watching the birds up close. The night frog tour was great for capturing incredible photos.

Thank Deerfield040
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Last night we joined Gerald on a night walk! He was very friendly, knowledgable and funny! English was very good and clear, it was obvious he is very passionate about what he does! We saw a range of frogs, ants, spiders, cikadas and a snake....More

Thank Divinia C
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Did not think we’d see as many frogs, let alone, other animals. Loved the demo of how strong a leaf cutter ant is! Gerald was a great guide on both trips. Ramon’s ability to drive and still spot wildlife on the sloth tour was impressive!...More

Thank OhSusannaAustralia
Reviewed 26 July 2018

The wildlife refuge is something like a zoo but the spirit is to allow the animals to live as freely as they can. There is lots to see and the signs are helpful in understanding why some of the critters are there.

Thank tweedybird26
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

It was really worth the money. A walk in the park and thanks to the very friendly guide we saw a lot of animals you wouldn’t see if you would go on your own. The guide even made the pictures for us, which resulted in...More

Thank StevenH4604
Reviewed 22 July 2018

We had a night hike at the Arenal Oasis Eco Wildlife Refuge with Gerald. Wow! He was so well education and a great teacher, as well as being a fun man to spend a few hours with. We saw a ton of wildlife and had...More

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30 March 2018|
Response from LouGoon | Reviewed this property |
Hi, The Arenal Oasis website tells you the tour cost - sorry it won't let me paste the website link here! When we went (November) we didn't really get any mozzie bites but we did wear long trousers/coats etc for the night... More
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.