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Venado Caves

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

From USD 80.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 to 5 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get deep inside Venado Caves at Arenal Volcano National Park, which are 15-20 million years old! This 1.5 hour tour of the caves takes you to an underground river where you’ll see stalactites, stalagmites, marine fossils, bats, spiders, and crickets! You’ll get wet and muddy when you explore, so keep that in mind!
  • The entire excursion is 4-5 hours
  • Transfers from your hotel are included
  • Snacks and bottled water are provided
  • Guide and Entry to Venado Caves are included

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Cold bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

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What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

Please please go for it, and do the ‘birthing canal’ it’s super exciting!
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Fun and memorable tour
Victoria_U, Jan 2023
We enjoyed tunneling through the cave to see the formations and learning about the natural history of the area
What an adventure!
Joseph_B, Dec 2022
So much fun, our boys loved it. Bats, tarantulas, spiders and crawling through tiny crevices in the caves. It’s challenging but an adventure our family will never forget. Thank you Elvis for helping us through the birth canal, kids are still surprised we made it! Thanks!
Spider caves
Chris_M, Apr 2022
The caves are big, and so are the spiders! Our guide spoke very little English although we had paid for one. Compared to all our other tours this was by far the worst due to the guide
Response from Host, June 2022
Chris, we will take care of the next trips, on the caves we need experts that know the area and that day was very bussy. Sorry for the misunderstood.
Crawling in the dark
Jonathan_S, Apr 2022
Our boys had a great time crawling through tight spaces into hidden rooms in the cave system. Not as much fun if you're claustrophobic, but you can bypass the tightest paths.
Awesome and great price
emoney, Mar 2020
This tour was awesome!! We were picked up in La Fortuna, about 45 minutes from the cave. The tour was about 2 hours long and was pretty intense and interesting. We saw a lot of cave creatures which was great. Highly recommend
Be reborn in Venado Caves!! Pura Vida!!
Rachelle_K, Mar 2020
Arturo was brilliant so friendly, fun and informative!! The cave guide Henry was superb, made our time in the caves so fun. Please please go for it, and do the ‘birthing canal’ it’s super exciting! Cannot thank the guides enough for their expertise. What an amazing experience.. PURA VIDA!! The best part of this tour is the group sizes. We had the caves to ourselves! So much better than the huge groups we saw coming in and out. Felt so lucky to be apart of this tour compared to the others!!
Häftig upplevelse - inget för fegisen!
LisaA, Mar 2020
En spännande och rolig aktivitet för den våghalsige. Är du mörkrädd, ogillar småkryp och har klaustrofobi är denna utflykt inget för dig! Du bör va relativt liten och smidig för att klara av dom trånga utrymmena som man ska klättra och slingra sig igenom. Var beredd på att bli blöt och smutsig. Vi gillade aktiviteten men tyckte priset var något dyrt mot den tid man fick spendera i grottan. I övrigt duktiga guider och en häftig upplevelse! Ta på dig oömma kläder som du inte är rädd om. Skor och hjälm med ficklampa får du låna på plats.