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“Expensive but impressive” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Serpentario

Serpentario
Santa Elena on road to Monteverde, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
645-6002
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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London, United Kingdom
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“Expensive but impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

I must start by saying that this place is certainly not cheap. It cost us $12 each and we were done in about 30 minutes (you can spend more time there I am sure, but you can also certainly do it much quicker as well) - however saying that I am happy to give them 5 stars anyway! The enclosures were spotless and by any standard (especially compared to some other places in Cost Rica) they were of a great animal welfare standard. All the animals looked healthy and it is a great way to see the snakes of costa rica (which are easy to miss in the wild) in enclosures which mimic their natural settings very well!

Also I am a big fan of reptiles and they had the biggest fer-de-lance I have ever seen as well as my first bushmaster which was a MASSIVE treat!

If you like snakes and don't mind paying a little to see them it is WELL worth it! They could probably drum up some more money though if they put in a gift shop... We do like a good gift shop!

Visited November 2013
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“Worth a look”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

Interesting collection. A bit expensive ($11 pp in 2013) considering how long you're in there for, but worth the visit.

Visited November 2013
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Hamilton, Canada
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“Nice but expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Wasn't cheap but we did get to see snakes that we would not otherwise see. Does not take long to go around- perhaps 45 mins.
But it was raining and we could not do anything else that day.

Visited August 2013
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Santa Monica, California, United States
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“Excellent experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Our guide, Brandon, was personable, energetic and extremely knowledgeable and really made the trip worthwhile. I was fascinated the entire time.

Visited July 2013
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“Nice enough”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

The serpentarium has great range of species of snakes in the small area (around 20), 2 types poison dart frogs, lizards (the nifty looking varieties) and a small pond with turtles in them, along with some educational snakes in a jar type items. The animals appear to be well cared for, except some of the turtles seem to be listing to one side.
The exhibits are very nice. The information regarding the snakes, while very basic, is available. They are animals that are difficult to see in the wild, so for that it may be worthwhile. It's just that for $9US I'm not sure it's worth the cost.

Visited July 2013
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