Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge

Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge

Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge
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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
Duration: 2-3 hours
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annika_lucky13
Salamanca, NY439 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had another great stay at Arenal Oasis. Our cabin was comfortable and we loved the jungle setting. We had lunch and dinner at the restaurant and walked around the garden. All our food was excellent. We saw some great wildlife right on the property. The staff was always friendly and helpful.

We did the Night Walk and saw a lot of nocturnal species. We would highly recommend this tour.

We had a great visit and will definitely be returning in the future.
Written 16 February 2024
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Christine R
Monument, CO46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We went on the birding tour at the refuge. It was fabulous. We had about 17 species spotted before the tour but that amount doubled in the time we had with Aaron, our guide. He was very knowledgeable and knew where to look and could quickly identify our feathered friends. We also saw a sloth and some howler monkeys. A tasty breakfast is included in the tour. Yes, you have to get up early, but it’s birding after all. Well worth it.
Written 23 January 2024
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mastaple
Limerick, Ireland193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
so many sloth in the area around La Fortuna. guides were experienced and found sloths in the area and got us into position for pictures at every stop. Also saw howler monkey and lots of frogs
Written 20 July 2023
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MissPerkyAK
Palmer,AK122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This hotel is a nature lover's dream. The nature trail makes it feel like you are in the middle of the rain forest and the gardens are well maintained. There is a juvenile sloth that is currently hanging out on the property, and many bluejean frogs and toads can be found depending on the time of day. You can see Arenal volcano on a clear day in their garden it would make a beautiful spot for weddings.
The staff are very kind and helpful.
We ate breakfast and dinner at the restaurant and were pleased.
They offer a variety of tours and are very accommodating.
The wifi was usable.
The rooms were always clean. The beds were comfortable.
Cons: These are very much rustic cabins as in no insulation. Bugs get everywhere despite the bug nets on the windows. The fans for the rooms only pushed the hot air round. It was cooler outside than in the rooms. If the hotel bought stand up fans or portable fans for the bedrooms so it wasn't so miserable to sleep I could have given them 5 stars. I knew what I was getting into with the bugs, but this gringa no puede aguantar tanto calor.
Written 9 June 2023
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Salaamus
Turlock, CA155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Night tour though the jungle was great, we seen lots of different frogs, spiders a tarantula, and to top it all off we seeing a huge ant eater, walking on path then darting up a high tree. Guild was great much knowledge of the rain forest. Night time is a whole different ecosystem. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
Written 8 June 2023
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avid_traveler_2007
Mountain View, CA135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Did two tours here, one night hike to spot frogs, insects, and reptiles, and one early morning bird watching with delicious breakfast. Both tours were excellent and we learned so much from our friendly and informative guides.
Written 24 February 2023
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ADS20092009
New Mills, UK84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Brilliant frog tour with an incredibly knowledgeable guide. We saw maybe 12 different types of frogs and our young children (7&8) absolutely loved it! Just make sure you are covered and have bug spray on as there are all the mozzies.
Written 20 February 2023
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Susan C
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Lot of frogs to view. Our guide was very informative, friendly and amazing at spotting the critters.(Luis) Path was a very easy stroll with not that much elevation. A disappointment was how many other people were on the same trail- it was quite a mass of humanity for Wednesday night. Sometimes surprising to see any animals at all due to the high traffic volume and having to move along or out of the way for other groups to pass.
Written 16 January 2023
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Departure658823
San Jose, CA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Our hotel helped us book this the same day and we were very happy they made the recommendation! Our guide Juan was informative and helped us take great pics of the vipers, frogs, toads, spiders and cicadas. They provided flashlights and a bottle of water too. I was still in shorts from the day so wished I had come in pants. Insect repellent and closed toed shoes also recommended.
Written 7 October 2022
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chaletaria
London, United Kingdom545 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Although the frogs (bats, snakes, etc) are all wild, they are protected in this well set out sanctuary. The area feels very natural with a selection of pools, and I got the impression most visitors saw some of the most iconic frogs of Costa Rica; we certainly saw Red-eyed Tree frogs, Glass Frogs, Rain frogs and even watched a Fer-de-Lance capture a bullfrog. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful (ask if she/he will take photos using their scope + your phone for amazing pictures). Obviously this is a night tour, so dress accordingly. Transport to/ from the hotel was provided.
Written 9 June 2022
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