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Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge

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Address: | Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
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+506 2479 9526
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Experience Arenal´s only wild frog sanctuary at night, when colorful tree...

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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Fun Night Walk

Our guide Esteban was great! He was very informative and we had a great time talking to him. Awesome tree frogs and snakes. I would highly recommend this night walk. However... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
solarana
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Florida
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our guide Esteban was great! He was very informative and we had a great time talking to him. Awesome tree frogs and snakes. I would highly recommend this night walk. However, I would skip the restaurant for dinner - it was just average.

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Marietta, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Seriously this was a terrible experience but it didn't have to be. The main problem was there were WAY too many people leaving me feeling like a real sucker. We could hardly move through due to the number of groups going through at the same time- and people were rude leaving their own group to come to yours if you... More 

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Vineland, New Jersey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This refuge is carved out of former agricultural fields and provides a home to Howler Monkeys, Two Toed and Three Toed Sloths, Caiman, birds of all kinds, frogs, snakes, flowers, and butterflies. The path is easy to walk or travel via a motorized chair; however, there is one spot where roots cross the path and inhibit a motorized chair. Every... More 

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Frostburg, Maryland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guide Isaac was amazing. He was so informative and knowledgeable. We felt safe while going on this night walk and being so close to the wild amphibians of Costa Rica. I was so impressed with how many of mother nature's creatures we would have never seen without the help of Isaac. I highly suggest this tour while you're in... More 

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Thank senseofpeace
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Branden is a wonderful guide. We had a perfect evening, seeing eleven different types of frogs, snakes, lizards and other interesting creatures. If you want to see the most amazing frogs and have a good time: go on this trip. It's worth it and you will not regret it.

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Thank Dennis H
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Definitely need a guide for the night walk. Our guide,Angelo Bejarano was exceptional in his expertise in finding the various species of snakes, frogs, & insects specific to this area. Wonderful experience!

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Thank Louise J
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

We went here for a jungle night hike! It was pretty cool. It's pretty amazing how lively the jungle is at night. The tour is safe as you walk on a path with a guide. It was the only time we were able to see the neat frogs that are always in the photos. Definitely worth it!

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Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

We say and photographed the iconic red eyed, green and blue frog! This was very high on our want to see list. Also many other frogs, including a small yellow tree frog perched on a leaf. This in spite of being outside the wet season which is best for viewing wildlife. Our guide was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and chatty; a... More 

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

When visiting La Fortuna I was lucky to enjoy two wonderful wildlife watching walks arranged via Arenal Oasis. The morning walk was to watch birds of which we saw many varieties, some at close proximity at feeder stations and others in their natural surroundings. Our guide, Gustavo Rojas Madrigal was superb. He had great skill in spotting birds, giving us... More 

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Baden, Switzerland
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

We took a nigh tour at 17:45 and were not disappointed. We saw 11 different kind of frogs (incl. blue jeans (strawberry poison dart frog) and the famous red eyed tree frog that you find on lots of postcards and travel guides). You were able to see almost all the frogs very close up, so don't forget to take your... More 

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