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Refugio Herpetologico de Costa Rica

Address: Alto de las Palomas | Carretera Vieja Santa Ana, Santa Ana, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2282-4614
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Santa Ana
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Bogota, Colombia
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244 reviews 244 reviews
107 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Rodolfo, the owner is a quiet hard working hero to so many animals. At this place you will find animals that have been abused in one way or another, and they take care of them until they can be released into the wild; sadly enough a lot of them have no chance of survival . Some of the animals you... More 

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Eastern USA
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11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Well worth a trip to see a wide variety (birds, sloths, turtles, lizards, snakes, crocodiles, monkeys, big cats) of Costa Rican wildlife - not "zoo-exploited", but rescued from bad situations. Guided visit through exhibits is great for children or adults. Good photographic opportunities!

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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We visited Refugio Herpetologico when we had a spare afternoon, this is a small (though bigger than first thought) animal refuge. The staff are very enthusiastic about caring for the animals (It's a shame places like this have to exist). Definitely worth an hour or two.

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Decatur, Ga
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Loved the close access and education of the wild life. The tour guide educates you each exhibit. Great way to get pictures of local wildlife.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This refuge, located some 20 minutes from downtown San Jose, is the perfect example of what it means to care for wildlife. Although small, you get to see and experience first hand the beautiful native wildlife of Costa Rica. From snakes to gators to macaws to turtles to monkeys, this sanctuary is doing a wonderful job caring for abandoned or... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

It is surprising that most guides: books or online don't mention this place. Although it may not qualify as a "must see", the place is definitely worth a visit. The place is open from 9 am until 4:30 pm and the entry is free. Do drop in a contribution so that the good job can continue. The kids seemed to... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

They really do a labor of love. They take injured animals and help them to be safe and more comfortable. Many of them are strange animals but all of them have a faithful story they are trying to change. Hope there are more places like this one in CR.

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Yuma, Arizona
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Our flight had us into San Jose much earlier than we could check into the hotel. Since we were staying in Escazu, we decided to check out this place and it was pretty cool. They have a nice little cafe as well and lots of animals to check out. The animals a rescued from people who privately owned them and... More 

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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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128 reviews 128 reviews
15 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Clean well maintained and easy to spend a couple of hours seeing a variety of wildlife from Costa Rica.. Most are being rehabilitated from homes of past "owners of wildlife" who were caught with illegal ownership.

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London, United Kingdom
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303 reviews 303 reviews
191 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

If you can talk to the people here to get some of the back story about the place and the work they do. They work with rescued animals from illegal pets through to injured wild animals. the animals on display are the ones which need to stay here permanantly (such as the croc with his front feet missing). Off display... More 

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