Venado Caves
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  • julesd579
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible family caving experience!
    This was an incredible adventure and our family absolutely loved it. Mauricio was our guide and he was very passionate about the caves and all the creatures in it. He was very patient with our seven year old child and very encouraging to all five of us. We saw bats, huge spiders, scorpion spiders and crabs. We crawled, climbed and squeezed through small gaps (these are optional) opening into various chambers with interesting formations. They provide showers and soap afterwards too, so don’t worry about getting dirty. One of the highlights of our trip and incredibly good value!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 12, 2023
  • Ken E
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique caving experience, some right crawls.
    Great experience, some very tight squeezes, and wet crawls, so unusual as cave tours go. Our guide was friendly, although English was not great, but the uniqueness of the experience more than overcame the language barrier. Suggest wearing pants, boots are not necessary if your shoes can get wet.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 23, 2023
  • Dulce M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating! Best part of our trip
    Absolutely breath taking! Albert is a fantastic guide. Very patient with my 8 and 10 year old plus my claustrophobic husband. He made us feel safe and eased our journey so we stayed comfortable. We have been recommending this tour to other travelers we meet throughout our trip.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Carolyne B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome activity
    Venado Caves will certainly be a major highlight of our CR tour. We are a family of 5 with 3 teenagers and I never thought I’d have so much fun in a cave. Our guide, Mauricio, was very knowledgeable and we had a great time. He took the time to explain everything and made sure we were safe at all times. The « birth canal » was awesome!! Thanks for this wonderful and memorable experience :-)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Longhorn2010
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do
    Exciting cave tour with some tight squeezes, climbing and crawling in water. The hardest parts are optional, and so this tour is suitable for most people. Wilder was a fantastic guide and kept us safe. If you have a car, book a tour with the cave owners directly and drive to the caves. The road is fine. This is a must do activity in Costa Rica!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Tikitiki212
    Wisconsin128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun for teens!
    My 13 and 14 year old boys LOVED this cave tour!! I feel like this is a hidden gem in the La Fortuna area. Many people don't seem to put this on their itinerary, but it was so, so cool and fun. A real highlight of our trip. We've been to caves all around the U.S., but this immersive and interactive experience is unlike any others we've done. Climbing and traipsing through the water, being taken into "hidden passageways", only the light of a headlamp.... just incredible fun. It's a nice change of pace too from the standard rainforest walks/ hikes in the area. My 72 year old parents did this as well, and the guide was amazing with them. He was patient and helped my mom safely navigate the caves. (My parents did bypass some of the more challenging sections and waited for us, but the guide was great with personalizing the tour to the different levels in our group.) Highly recommend for adventurous kids, pre-teens or teens!!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 30, 2023
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Pamela L
Highlands Ranch, CO66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
When looking for a fun adventure in Costa Rica, this is a must-do. The cave is beautiful and very cool to spelunk though. The tight passages were surprisingly not claustrophic, as they were fairly short and our guide, Mauricio, would guide us through in very understandable English. In fact, he would often offer a wider passage if we were not comfortable with the more narrow. Beautiful formations. We were able to take our time and enjoy the cave and it's beauty. Wear water shoes, but though one gets wet, it is not muddy.
My husband is scared to death of spiders, but he was having so much fun that Mauricio convinced him to hold a very sweet cave spider. The cost was extremely reasonable and for only $10/person,, Mauricio snapped over 80 professional pictures for us.
This tour would be great for our grandchildren (ages 7 - 12) up to us (ages 61 and 63). Thank you, Mauricio. We will be back next year to do it again. Pura Vida!
Written February 15, 2022
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kostas m
Agia Paraskevi, Greece16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
I will start by saying that only 3/9 people finished the whole tour. And yes we’ve been in caves before. It could be beautiful, but if you don’t like dark, narrow places, don’t do it. We were walking in the water the whole time, we had to climb a slippery rock, watch our heads and try not to fall down , all at the same time. We saw some bats but nothing impressive there, except for a little waterfall.
It was much harder than we thought.
Written January 1, 2022
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_Wheres_Baldo
Copenhagen, Denmark108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
If you try to book this cave, either do it through a tour guide or contact them through WhatsApp. (Number is on their website). I tried to use their Contact Us function on the site and it didn't work. There are two email addresses listed on the site; I emailed them both with no response. I sent a WhatsApp message and had the tour booked in 30 minutes.

We met Alfonso today at the caves and I dressed as i had for previous cave explorations. His words to me were.."You're gonna get wet." So all electronics went back into the car, along with our backpack. But once we were in the cave, it was amazing. And Alfonso was right... we got wet. We walked through the river, crawled though the river at a few points, climbed over rocks.. it was awesome. It's an amazing experience to see the way the water has carved the caverns over time as well as the different wildlife that lives in the caves. At no point did I ever feel unsafe or overwhelmed. It was a great experience from start to finish.
Written February 15, 2022
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Fess S
Tucson, AZ364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I previously made a reservation via WhatsApp and arrived at 8:00. I was the only person and the cost was $28 or 17,000. I had the option to pay $20 or 12,000 for photos and decided to do it as I knew the pictures would be great even if I was spending a lot for just over an hour. However besides the cost- the adventure was great and the photos too. I wore my bathing suit and tivas and think it was the best choice. You will see the spiders and tarantulas and bats.
Written May 14, 2021
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BusAA
New York City, NY19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was probably our favorite activity in Costa Rica. The tour is a true adventure and will test your ability to squeeze and crawl around dark and wet places. But, Henry, our guide knew the ins and outs so well that we never truly felt unsafe. Expect to be completely wet so bring a change of clothes.
Don’t leave La Fortuna area without doing this activity!
Written December 31, 2019
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LSR88
Boca Raton, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
This was an amazing adventure. Our driver Fabrizio from Seven Tours was very nice and insightful. He made sure that we were safe and provided nice snacks and ice cold water for our trip. He gave us many recommendations for local restaurants and activities. Venado Caves is so beautiful. Our guide Augusto was fun and made this a wonderful journey. The caves are a must see. For a small fee we got the photo/video package which was well worth the price. This was challenging for my husband and I since we are in our late 40s but my teenagers had no problem.
Written June 25, 2021
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Jennifer J
Glassboro, NJ3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
It is not easy to find the caves. They are in an area where your wifi probably will not work so pay attention. We passed the road twice because there is only one sign telling you where to turn. I couldn't get in touch with anyone to tell them that we were running late, but we got there and the guides were standing in the parking lot waiting for us.They were extremely friendly. I feel like every guide I met on my trip to Costa Rica was so kind and friendly. They give you helmets and they offered boots to use if you needed them. Then we walk to the cave which is a fun but slippery little walk. The guides pointed out native fruits and picked up fossils from the ground. We went through the cave and my dad could not go all the way to the top because he has bad knees. My kids aged 8 and 10 loved it. I loved it. I wish it were a longer tour. We saw scorpion spiders and different species of bats. After the tour you are served soda or coffee (the coffee was very good) a jelly roll and fruit cake. It was fun. I'm glad I did it.
Written January 17, 2020
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Tikitiki212
Wisconsin128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
My 13 and 14 year old boys LOVED this cave tour!! I feel like this is a hidden gem in the La Fortuna area. Many people don't seem to put this on their itinerary, but it was so, so cool and fun. A real highlight of our trip. We've been to caves all around the U.S., but this immersive and interactive experience is unlike any others we've done.

Climbing and traipsing through the water, being taken into "hidden passageways", only the light of a headlamp.... just incredible fun. It's a nice change of pace too from the standard rainforest walks/ hikes in the area.

My 72 year old parents did this as well, and the guide was amazing with them. He was patient and helped my mom safely navigate the caves. (My parents did bypass some of the more challenging sections and waited for us, but the guide was great with personalizing the tour to the different levels in our group.)

Highly recommend for adventurous kids, pre-teens or teens!!
Written October 30, 2023
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Jack F
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
My wife and I enjoyed our extra long tour through all the of the tiny caves and holes 🕳 exploring with our very amazing guide Augusto!
We personally think this is a much better activity than zip lining. You can really take your time and take it all in. We got the photo package, pool and lunch. All amazing and Vegan friendly!
Written February 15, 2021
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nateemma
Philadelphia35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This was a good tour but it was problematic in the number of people on the tour (12). This could have been our fault as we did not make a reservation beforehand. You should check to see how many people are in your tour group. The issue was getting stuck crouching or kneeling in very tight and wet spaces while waiting for everyone to take pictures. There is bat guano down there and I wish I had worn a mask the whole time because of breathing in the particles. I came home very sick and it was not covid.

That said, our guide went above and beyond to manage the crowd. I don't think he thought we'd be down there that long. It is quite amazing to be in this cave. It is rigorous and you do need to be in decent shape to manage the rocky water, climb the ledges and crawl though very tight spaces.

One request - could we get all the pictures we paid for? We are missing many of the family photos that were taken.
Written August 12, 2022
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