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Venado Caves

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Sarasota, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This place was much better than expected. The guide spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable. They give you the head light, waterproof boots and a surgical mask because of the large amount of bat poo in one area. We wore our water shoes and that worked out well. We just kept getting pebbles in the. Most of the... More

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Paris, France
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

We initially thought that the the tour would be a classic tour, visiting the caves while walking. This was completely different and so much better: you end up soaking wet as you crawl, swim and walk on all fours in the various tunnels which are pitch black except for the light coming from your torch light. The guide was very... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

After reading many tripadvisor reviews, I decided this would be a good change from the many rainforest activities in the area. We were looking for something different to do in the area, and I am so glad we chose this. I would follow the other recommendations and just go there on your own vs hiring a tour guide with a... More

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This was our first time caving and it was a really fun and exciting experience. Went with a guide- we are a pretty adventurous family and initially wanted to explore on our own, but the hotel staff talked us out of that idea. So glad they did! I would not have felt comfortable on my own, especially during rainy season... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My wife and kids have done cave tours all throughout the western U.S. and the Venado Caves surpassed all previous experiences. It is a hardy experience that requires you to get wet, crawl through tight spaces, climb some walls and swim your way out. I would recommend going with a guide as doing so will keep you safe. Lots of... More

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Staunton, Virginia
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is truly a hidden treasure in Costa rica! Bring swimming trunks and a shirt you dont mind getting dirty. They will provide boots and a hard hat with a light. If you go there WITHOUT a tour guide, it will be much cheaper. And the cave guide you get is VERY knowledgeable and have been touring the caves their... More

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Orlando, Florida
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120 reviews 120 reviews
38 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We did this tour, when our volcano hike was canceled. Arenal national park had closed the trails for the first time in 10 years due to heavy rain. So, the tour company asks us do you want to go caving? What else did we have to do? We put on the boots they loaned us, and upon coming to the... More

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Menton, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We just turned up and 20 mins later we were putting our boots and hats on. You get wet, squeeze through small holes in the dark, watch vampire bats above your head, but all in total security. No health and safety officer here, and thats what makes it great. Trip was really good, and we had a great 2 hours.... More

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San Francisco, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We did this excursion with Desafio Adventures (whom I highly recommend doing excursions with). It was a lot of fun and some of the holes that we had to squeeze through were pretty tight. There was even a huge waterfall inside the cave that we literally walked through! The only downside of our excursion was that it was pouring rain,... More

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Jackson Heights, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I went to the venado caves by following gps coordinates from a previous post. You do get down and dirty in the cave, but it is a different experience compared to the other activities. Our group chose to do the more adventurous route where you go through tight holes and some type of climbing inside the cave. It is a... More

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