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Refugio Herpetologico de Costa Rica

Alto de las Palomas, Santa Ana, Costa Rica
2282-4614
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Santa Ana
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Bournemouth
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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
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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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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
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7 attraction reviews
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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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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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126 reviews 126 reviews
15 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

This is an animal refuge - not a zoo. Our tour guide was a volunteer and she seemed to care a lot about the animals and the goal of the refuge. We saw birds, snakes, monkeys, crocodiles, and turtles at the zoo. It's good for a couple of hours.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

I hope this is the park we visited, the one located on the road driving up the hill between Santa Ana and Escansu we were told. This is a small nature park with a very beautiful setting , animals well taken care of, friendly staff, lots of kids. There are crocodiles, fish, monkeys, lots of snakes, iguanas, macaws, trails and... More 

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