Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond

Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond

Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond
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David S
Oxted, UK5 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
US$20 each makes this a VERY expensive and underwhelming activity for a family of 5. I was so disappointed at what the activity offered for the price I assumed some of our entry fee must go towards frog conservation charities, but when I asked the question I was told this is not the case.

Not worth it and the biggest rip off of our entire 2 week Costa Rica holiday.
Written 19 August 2022
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Luvthebeach1797
Arizona4 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We absolutely loved this place. It cost $20 dollar and you can go in and see the frogs in the day light and come back at night to see them again with the same ticket. The frogs are not in the pond but in big covered glass containers. They give you a flash light to look for them. We spend about an hour each and we really enjoyed and had fun looking for them. Sebastian the owners son was really helpful and gave us some information about the frogs. We found saw really cool frogs. It might no be a luxurious place but definitely worth the money.
Written 10 June 2022
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oscarwinterenk
London, UK3 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We were led to believe the frogs were in a pond that can be viewed at our leisure for $12. On arrival we realised it was $20 and having a guide was compulsory, the frogs were also in tanks. We felt this was cruel to the frogs, overpriced and badly advertised. Furthermore I think the guide is used to giving tours to young children as his content and presentation was more appropriate to an infant.
Written 18 May 2022
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HaleyMB
Austin, TX89 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We didn’t go but as a naturalist I am sad to see frogs kept captive like this. The photos show people shining unfiltered light on the frogs which is very stressful for them. Red filters are a better choice. We have found a number of frogs in ponds/wetlands in Costa Rica. There’s no reason to torture the poor things.
Written 11 May 2022
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Greg
7 contributions
Apr 2022
This Frog Pong is an amazing find. Although I was initially wondering whether this experience was "worth it", I was thoroughly impressed and extremely grateful to have discovered this wonderful and interactive experience. Jose is an incredibly gifted naturalist and guide. He is very knowledgeable, hard working , and has a great sense of humor. For the night tours, each person is given their own flashlight and as a group you find the frogs in their spacious terrariums. It was incredibly fun to find these beautiful animals in settings that are natural. These animals are decedents of frogs from 25 years ago; it is now illegal to capture frogs in Costa Rica. There is no other place to see so many different frogs of the rainforest. This is NOT a zoo, where the frogs are clearly visible in a lighted cage, these frogs live in a lush terrarium for a week at a time ( they must be rotated because it is stressful to be "on show" ) They are extremely well cared for: providing this adventure is a labor of passion and commitment. The young girls who were with us were so proud to be one of the best at spotting them. Everyone's time is limited, and tours are offered during the day and at night (your ticket is good for two entries so you can go twice). Even the rain isn't a problem for this activity, the frogs love the rain! I thoroughly endorse investing the time to explore this unique activity. A big two thumbs up.
Written 9 May 2022
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Tom M
Marina, CA68 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
It was very difficult to see any frog, very reflective glass with ambient light. We were told there were lots to see but for $20 it was a $5 per frog.
Written 13 April 2022
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ktnc2015
High Point, NC69 contributions
Mar 2022
Sorry to see low reviews of a unique little experience that we enjoyed. The staff was nice, enthusiastic, and extremely willing to share their. knowledge. You are required to really follow a guide through the exhibit, and they seem to care about the frogs and take very good care of them. These various frog species could not have been spotted, nor enjoyed, as easily out in the rainforest. It is unlikely that anyone could have seen all these varieties if they were not in these special glass habitats. We learned that the specimens are changed out every few weeks so no frog is subject to a confined lifetime. You receive a flashlight day and night to help spot them, but we definitely suggest you return between 6-8 for a night visit because their colosr are more vibrant in the dark. The guided afternoon visit probably lasted an hour and a half, and we self toured for about 45 minutes in the evening. There is a separate butterfly, bug and spider exhibit to enjoy at your leisure before you enter the frog area.
Written 1 April 2022
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Gloria H
Santa Rosa, CA6 contributions
Mar 2022
In the entry hall, hundreds of dead, exotic insects from around the world displayed in artistic swirling patterns made it macabre. I was depressed right away. When we passed through the door to the ranario, I was confused as to why I was issued a flashlight but my "guide" invited me to use it to look for frogs in our first terrarium. After a few minutes of fruitless hunting, he quickly trained his flashlight on a green frog no bigger than a thumbnail crouched under a large leaf, hibernating or hiding for it's life I couldn't tell. This process of Where's Waldo was repeated at each of the 15 or so terrariums. Those poor creatures were blinded by every visitor and I had to stop participating in the tour. I couldn't wait to leave and I did not go back for a second nighttime hunt which was included in the price.
Also, there's no frog pond as promoted. There's no charm at all. I left upset.
Written 28 March 2022
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Laurecia E
Tucson, AZ15 contributions
Jan 2022
The frogs are really very hard to spot but so worth it! We went twice, once in the daytime to see the diurnal ones and then again after dark to see the nocturnal frogs. I actually liked the night better as we were able to see more of the little cuties! It really helped that there was another (small) group that was really good at spotting them and were willing to point them out to us. Our single entry fee was good for a 2nd entry that same night. If you plan to do this, be sure to ask for the reentry ticket at the front desk before you leave.
Written 27 January 2022
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karen
4 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
This place is sad and overpriced. There’s maybe a dozen enclosures and a frog or two in each. The conditions they live in are poor, not enough humidity for the ones who need it and boggy wet conditions for ones who are prone to infection and need a drier environment. Saw a dead or dying Costa Rican Green and Black Auratus poison dart frog. He was very thin and unhealthy, most likely wild caught and not properly introduced. I mentioned it to the desk and he didn’t seem to care. The entire tour takes 30 minutes and that’s including the time you spend struggling to find the frog in the enclosure, if there is one.
Written 23 January 2022
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