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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of my favorite things I did in Costa Rica. It is off the radar from all the activities in La Fortuna, but the caving was so awesome. We drove ourselves and I warn it was a bumpy ride and we got a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TotallyTurtle
Reviewed January 8, 2019 via mobile

Wonderful visit with very good guide who made us feel safe. Was there with 4 and 6 years old. Nice facilities with showers, restaurant and swimming pool. Walking up an underground river in a cave is pretty cool. We saw bats, spiders and crickets. There...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JagHollywood
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

Amazing off the beaten path experience in the La Fortuna especially with those with adventure seeking teens and pre teens wanting to do something other than the usual zip lining and hikes!!! Kids absolutely LOVED winding their way through waist height water and squeezing in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Laila E
Reviewed December 3, 2018

I was hesitant to do this with my husband and 12-year old son, but it was one of the best things we did in Costa Rica. Wasn't claustrophobic at all - and had a blast. Felt like an adventurer (and I'm a 50 year old...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 19, 2018 via mobile

I’ve been to caves before where you walk and take photos of interesting formations. This is not that experience. At Venado Caves, you get to explore as if you were the first one going through the cave system. You will be walking through a stream...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank StormyMarin
Reviewed November 10, 2018

Visiting the Venado caves was great! Henry, our guide, was very knowledgeable and pointed out really interesting information through the tour. Definitely not for people who have claustrophobia, unfortunately for them because it is so exciting to go through the smaller tunnels and under the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Danyboy8
Reviewed October 16, 2018

A true adventure. Delve deep into old caves, see coral formations, stalagmites & stalagtites, bats, giant scorpion spiders, beautiful rock erosions formed over thousands of years. Wade through muddy water, twist and stretch to traverse narrow passages, experience true darkness, feel the chill air. An...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

One our favorite activities near La Fortuna! We took a tour through Eco Terra. Minor was our guide and he was great! It was a lot more strenuous than we imagined it would be. You crawl on your hands and knees through water, and squeeze...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank christybrasher
Reviewed September 25, 2018

We had a great experience at the Venado caves. Our guide Daniel made us feel completely at ease, even when we needed to squeeze through some pretty small gaps and climb up in the cave. We saw lots of bats, underground waterfalls and generally had...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Becky93E
Reviewed September 22, 2018

I went with my two kids and 25yr old nephew. I got such a great workout and yes, there were areas that were tough to get through/climb and I did it (I am not in shape so this was great)! My kids are fearless so...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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tszway345
July 3, 2018|
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Response from remcoo483 | Reviewed this property |
We went today with a 4 and 6 year old and it was perfect. The kids fiund it less scary then we did. Our guide was super helpfull with our youngest one. So it is a bit challenging, but it is so worth it! Super cool thing to do
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June 11, 2018|
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HI, it depends on the company you are going with and the location from where you are going- the prices you mention are about the same we paid. The driving distance was about an hour, so if you are in a group of 3-4 people it... More
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932JohnP
Huntington, NY
Rio Celeste and Venado Caves in one long day? (4 Replies)
If I start the morning early enough...can I do the Rio Celeste hike AND the Venado Caves tour in the afternoon? I know the two are off the same road and I'm hoping to maximize that day by doing both. Any info is much appreciated.
April 11, 2013|
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Er.....no. Not unless you are a Triathlete and start in the dark and finish in the dark. The entrance to the Tenorio National Park is about 2.5 hours from Arenal - maybe more if the road is not in good condition. You can't begin the hike after 2 pm. At a minimum, figure two hours for the hike. Keep in mind that sometimes the roads off the highway can be slow going - especially the one to the Tenorio National Park. I would read up on both these activities and do a detailed...More
Halle A
Durham
Venado caves--guide or no guide? (9 Replies)
I really want to go to the Venado Caves, and I've sent an inquiry to the e-mails on the official website (they're significantly less expensive than the others) but haven't heard back. I am reluctant to hire one of the pricier tour companies without knowing if we will gain anything with them that we wouldn't get out of the caves on our own. Does anyone have any experiences with either the "official" cave tours or any others who offer them? Or have you done the caves on your own and...More
October 23, 2014|
Response fromHalle A|
Update! I heard back from Fausto, and I am feeling that his reply is pretty sketchy. I asked what the best time of day would be to have fewer people in the tour/the caves, and this is his reply: "The tour costs $ 22 per person. The tour lasts 1 hour with 2 people. If you give me a good tip and purchase photos of the tour cost $ 20, I can take them private tour." The "if you give me a good tip" thing just gives me a bad feeling, and I wonder if this is a "you get what you pay for"...More
wnorm
Montreal
Tours after earthquake (1 Reply)
We will be in Costa Rica at the end of January. Does anyone know if tours to the following areas have been affected by the earthquake? Arenal Volcano, Venado Caves, Chato Hill, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, Celeste River, Penas Blancas River. Thank you.
January 10, 2009|
Response fromroadadvisor|
All the tours you mentioned are in full operation and no problems what so ever! roadadvisor@hotmail.com Just buckle up and enjoy the ride in PARADISE!