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“Excellent Night walk, worth getting wet”

Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Experience Arenal´s only wild frog sanctuary at night, when colorful tree frogs and other rainforest wildlife are most active and most easily observed. At least 28 frog species have made their home the ponds of Arenal Oasis. The Rojas Bonilla family carefully maintains native plants of Arenal, to create needed frog habitat in this private wildlife reserve of fresh spring water fed ponds; within a rainforest refuge connecting the rainforests of the Arenal Volcano and El Rio Burio. The night tour continues past the frog ponds along flat trails immersed in the noisy night rainforest. The guide will point out animals hiding from you. Support, enjoy and learn about the only wild frog sanctuary in the Arenal Volacano Area. Tours led by trained naturalist along flat rainforest trails start at 5:45pm at Arenal Oasis. Flashlights are provided and reservations are necessary. Included in the Tour: - Flashlights - Transportation Round Trip - Certified Naturalist Guide - Entrance Fee - Drinks What to Bring: - Camera - Closed Shoes - Long Pants - Raincoat - Confortable light Clothing - Big Smile
Sydney
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent Night walk, worth getting wet”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

We did a nightwalk with Jason recently. It was one of those evenings with non stop down pour but it was a perfect evening for sighting so many frogs and snakes. Jason was a great guide whose very passionate about his work. We saw many different species of frogs, also saw many red eye frogs mating. We saw an eyelash snake as well as a cat eye snake that even Jason had never seen before. Cost of the walk was dearer than at other walks however it was well worth it and we would definately do it again.

Visited May 2014
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Nocturnal frog hunt”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

Inti was our guide.As per previous reviews we learned the history of the small reserve & current efforts to maintain it. Inti's passion & enthusiasm for this work fuelled our enjoyment of the experience. Despite minimal recent rains we saw a variety of frogs including the red eyed tree frog and smoky jungle frog down in the pond area, an orb spider, microbats and an eyelast pit viper.

Visited May 2014
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Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice night walk”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

We did an evening "frog walk" by making a reservation the day of and starting at 545. Our guide was an outside independent guide Oasis had hired apparently, he doesn't work for the refuge, but he was excellent. They provided water and flashlights. The property used to be a farm in a past generation and the current owners apparently dedicated it to a refuge.

What you see depends on a variety of factors, including how attentive your guide is and the general weather conditions such as how dry it is. We were here in April 2014, very hot and relatively dry, yet we still saw several frogs including a red eyed tree frog. We went open-minded and just enjoyed seeing whatever we could find. Managed to spot a variety of frogs, snakes, lizards, ants, stick bugs, crabs, tadpoles, eggs, birds, so many interesting insects. Our guide was responsive to questions and customized the tour to our interests. Well worth the time.

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Walk”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

This was a morning spent int he Wildlife Refuge looking at the lava flow that covered the old Arenal Village. Excellent memorial.

Visited April 2014
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“lots to do and see when it's dark.”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

lovely walk in the grounds (in the middle of the jungle with just a flashlight and your camera) very exciting.

Visited March 2014
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