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
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Departure658823
San Jose, CA22 contributions
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 Kingdom535 contributions
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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Emileah M
World6 contributions
May 2022
It was awesome, our tour guide Juan was great. Saw lots of cool frogs, spiders, insects, plants and learnt a lot from our guide. He was really knowledgable and answered all our questions. He also went above and beyond and gave me great recommendations for other experiences in La Fortuna and Monteverde. Thanks Juan and definitely recommend doing this tour!
Written 31 May 2022
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Rosie A
3 contributions
Mar 2022
Our guide was very informative and we saw various types of frogs and insects, but it is way too highly priced for what it is! A tour like this should be half the price of what it was. I have participated in a few tours around Costa Rica and this was by far the most expensive considering how long the tour was and what it consisted of. Also they had a few different groups out on tours at the same time. Sometimes other groups would catch up with us because we were finding animals and wanting to take our time looking at them. When the other tour groups caught up with ours, our tour guide would hurry us along, even though some people wanted to take a bit longer to study the animals. So it felt a bit rushed in parts.
Written 5 April 2022
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Corey H
Billings, MT12 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Did the night walk. Beautiful area. Saw so many different types of frogs especially the one my wife had been wanting to see, the blue jean frog. Two different types of vipers including the fer-de-lance.
Written 11 September 2021
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Inspiration314655
Salt Lake City, UT3 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We took the night walk tour. Our guide Edson was an engaging, very well educated guide with professional photographer capabilities which he used along with his scope light to take amazing photos for us with our phone. He also quickly, kindly and generously pulled multiple army ants off of us before we were bitten. Both of my teenagers were fascinated and engaged for hours. We saw SO many frogs as well as snakes, toucans, ants, and spiders. He kept us safe the entire time and we learned a great deal and had a lot of fun in the process. It was incredible to be seeing and experiencing some things we have only seen before on shows like Planet Earth. I love experiencing how the Ticos appreciate and protect the biodiversity of this country. My teens and I would highly recommend this tour!
Written 20 July 2021
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Craig H
13 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
If you are looking to see sloths in La Fortuna look no further than Arenal Oasis’s sloth tour! We saw fully 12 sloths of both the two-toed and three-toed species on our trip with our fantastic guide Edson. And for those of you that are thinking “I’m sure we’ll just see some sloths at some point during our trip”, just... no. They are so well camouflaged, there were points where I couldn’t see the sloths when Edson was pointing right at them. Luckily, Edson’s spotting scope was fantastic for taking photos with my iPhone and observing these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. We even saw two mothers with babies! AND Edson took us to see TOUCANS at the start of our tour. We saw two species of BONUS TOUCANS!! Again, if you want to see sloths in La Fortuna BOOK THIS TOUR! There was even a delicious breakfast included for afterwards, where we saw some amazing bird life just outside the restaurant. Highly, highly recommend this tour, it was a highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. Thank you Edson for your help!
Written 12 July 2021
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axasal
Anguilla235 contributions
May 2021
I wasn’t sure I wanted to go see frogs on a night walk but am so glad I went. This is indeed an oasis and magical. We had an excellent private guide (Jason from Desafio) who uncovered so many amazing frogs, a huge gecko, some snakes, and other critters. The oasis built by this family is beautiful with wandering paths, surprise ponds, and gorgeous foliage. It had rained the day we went but was clear at night, the perfect environment per our guide for frogs to lay their eggs. See the photos of the gorgeous red eyed tree frog couples; we saw several. Do a private tour rather than with a group if you can.
Written 16 June 2021
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Hello Friends What a pleasure to read these comments! It was a real pleasure to serve you, we are so grateful that you visited us, this really motivates us to continue giving the best possible service with dedication. Thank you for sharing your opinion and recommending us! We look forward to host you again. Good trip Friends
Written 30 June 2021
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Joel C
61 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We went for the night walk and it was an outstanding experience! The tour was only for my gf and I and another couple, so the guide was able to pay a lot of attention to us, answer questions and help us get the best pictures! His name was Gerald and he's very friendly and really passionate for his job. I absolutely recommend you to make some time for this your, it's a great activity that you won't regret.
Written 18 April 2021
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Hello Joel! Best regards from Arenal Oasis Ecolodge. Thank you very much for taking the time to give us your opinion. It was a pleasure to serve you. We are very happy to hear that our Night Walk was accordance with your expectations. Thank you for your valuable comment, we hope to see you again.
Written 30 June 2021
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Amanda G
6 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
This was a fun tour and our guide was great.
The pictures he took were amazing!!!!
My kids enjoyed it and learned alot from our guide, I believe his name was Oscar
Written 17 April 2021
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Thank you very much for selecting Arenal Oasis as part of your experience in Costa Rica. Thank you very much for your visit, thank you for taking the time to write us, we hope to see you again and thank you for letting us know how much you enjoyed. Continue enjoying Costa Rica!
Written 30 June 2021
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