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Venado Caves Underground Experience from La Fortuna

San Carlos, Costa Rica

From USD 79.00

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


Slip beneath the ground on a 4-hour tour through the Venado caves from La Fortuna, and follow underground trails into a series of remarkable grottoes and chambers. Gear up and follow your flashlight along an ancient seabed as you explore the caves with your guide. Get wet and get dirty on your way to fantastic rock formations and bristling stalactites and stalagmites, visit a bat colony that thrives in the cool, dark cave system, then return to the surface to enjoy a snack of tropical fruits.
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Exploration equipment (lanterns, flashlights, mask, helmet, rubber boots)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan with Wi-Fi
  • Towels
  • Photo package
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Casa Luna Hotel & Spa
    Diag. 301, Provincia de Alajuela, San Carlos, Costa Rica

    You must contact Ecoterra Costa Rica at least 24 hours before your activity date to confirm your reservation and arrange transportation. 24798333 or WhatsApp: 83935484

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

You must contact Ecoterra Costa Rica at least 24 hours before your activity date to confirm your reservation and arrange transportation.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 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 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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54 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Not my first cave tour,...
Debbie_P, Jan 2023
Not my first cave tour, but it was my first cave adventure and I enjoyed the experience and would do it again.
Margarita_B, Dec 2022
Brilliant fun! Kids loved it and the guide was amazing! Super friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend
Memorable experience
Alisa_R, Nov 2022
Venado Caves was one of the best excursions my family and I did in LaFortuna. Aaron was such a fun and knowledgeable guides we had and made our experience very memorable. And we have such great pictures to remember the caves by.
Forgotten, cave, fun
Goretti_M, Sept 2022
We woke up bright and early. Spoke to a someone from the tour on Sunday regarding pick up destination. They forgot to pick us up at location, then when I called regarding pick up the customer rep had poor service. The tour guide driver also was a bit moody and tour guide didn’t seem too happy either. However the cave was amazing. At the end, we all tried to make the best of it
Great tour. Guide was...
Caitriona_G, Aug 2022
Great tour. Guide was excellent, he even stopped on the road to show us a sloth. He made the caves both fun and interesting for my 4 kids aged 8 to 13. Very wet and mucky but great fun.
Great time for the family
AnaR, July 2022
Great guide, informative tour, covered all the main spots on the freedom trail. Guide made sure we were in the shade during the stops and added lots of comedic elements.
Very cool experience
Brie_Z, June 2022
Our tour got moved to the AM due to rain and i was very pleased with the communication! Minor was an amazing guide. He gave so much fascinating information about the caves and Costa Rica mixed with humor. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our tour with him and wish he was our guide for all of our tours! The cave tour was cool, kinda nervewracking at times, but Minor helped keep my anxiety in check! Overall a very cool experience that I'd recommend!
Brilliant and fun afternoon
Daniel_H, Feb 2022
We had a brilliant afternoon visiting the caves. They were fascinating and our guide Antonio was very knowledgeable and made the tour really fun. We saw howler monkeys on the journey and several creatures in the caves including hundreds of bats. Would definitely recommend if you want to do something a bit different.
Explore it!!
Anonymous, Dec 2021
This was an exploration we will never forget ..The walk thru the inner waterfall especially amazing..what an awesome experience 👍
Best part of our trip
Maxine_M, Oct 2021
We had an amazing time with Edson! Took it really slow and we were lucky enough to see some wildlife even before cave. Keep billed toucans and wild turkey. In the cave we had an amazing show of fruit and vampire bats! Some cave crickets, spiders and even a snake! We also had a leaf frog that was clearly lost. We were very fortunate with wildlife. Even with no creatures the caves themselves had amazing structures and fossils. The birthing canal and flooded tunnel were adrenaline boosters for sure. And the history of the papaya and brain corals were spectacular. So glad Edson was there to show us the way because I was quite lost down there. On our way back up the hill we were blessed with howler monkeys and more toucans. Now they said food was provided but more like snacks provided we got some excellent fresh fruit but definitely bring something for after if you get hungry quickly. They also provide you shower which is quite necessary after trekking around this cave. The best adventure we did in Fortuna.
Amazing tour and guide
Kamryn_S, Sept 2021
The caves were amazing! And our guide was knowledgeable and tailored the tour to our physical limits and what we wanted to do. The tour size was small and personal.
Incredible splunking tour!
elysia_c, Aug 2021
My fiance and I were a bit nervous starting the trip, as there was a huge down pour the night before and we had to be evacuated from PA Fortuna waterfall. Anthony our guide immediatly put our worries to rest and let us know that he was experienced and all precautions had been met to go to the caves. The drive to the caves was a lot of fun. My fiance and I ended up getting a private tour and Anthony made sure we didn't miss a thing. This trip through the caves, following an underground river to a spectacular underground waterfall is not one to miss. Crawling around, exploring cavern to cavern, climbing ladders and even a little rock climbing, kept us pumped. The bats flying around was a very cool, yet a little spooky experience. Anthony was very knowledgeable about the geology of the cave and we learned a lot about the history of how Costa Rica became the way it is today. On the tour we were lucky to see a poison dart frog and even a sloth! I forgot my jacket in the van post tour and they returned it to my hotel later that evening. What an incredible experience!
Interesting and exciting
Lisa_V, July 2021
We loved this! Very cool and interesting. Our guide Augusto was knowledgeable, funny, and overall great! 5/5 for sure!
Great guide! Newfound respect for nature!
Joyce_L, Apr 2021
We had an extraordinary experience with Minor, our guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna but also fully committed to conservation, which we deeply appreciated. We felt that his approach was all about respecting nature and taking only photos and leaving only footprints. It was non-exploitative and fully educational. Because of the pandemic, we were the only ones on the tour, so we in essence received a private tour for our family of 3. Very COVID safe. We gained a new respect for the environment. Minor was also warm, personable and conscientious. Definitely one of the highlights of our Costa Rica trip and highly, highly recommended to families!
Absolutely fantastic experience!
Jacqueline_K, Jan 2021
This tour is absolutely worth it! This is my second time to Costa Rica and I’m so glad I booked this tour. The guide was funny, knowledgeable and very much knew what he was doing. He was engaging and played some pranks on my boyfriend so I was happy! Lol! The caves were incredible. The small crevices to crawl through were cool. I’ve explored many caves and I’ll say this was completely worth it for both of us. It was very wet but that made it all the more fun.
Great Guides, No GoPro promised package
Michele J, Sept 2019
The driver Miguel and guide Victor were professional and kind. I chose this particular tour ($20/person more than others offered) due to the advertised GoPro picture and video package. It would have allowed us to capture our adventure without worrying about carrying my phone. The intense rain made the cave a small river with sand and muddy surfaces. Though a great adventure, we unfortunately were unable to capture the memories. I have emailed the tour director EcoTerra as the guide and driver recommended (same email they confirmed my hotel information with), and have not yet heard back. I am hoping they make this right by refunding my 60$ extra I paid for pictures/video and the promised hiking boots that we never received
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Hello Michelle, greetings from Ecoterra Expeditions! We hope you are doing well. First, we would like to apologize for this inconvenience, normally our tour guide takes photos all along the tour with a waterproof camera that we provide; however, it seems that they did not carry the camera with them that particular day. Either way, we are very sorry that this happened, we will be happy to refund the cost of the pictures. Please contact Trip Advisor Customer Service (Viator) so they can guide you through this process. Any additional request, do not hesitate to contact us (, we will be happy to assist you.
Be prepared to be physically and mentally challenged
Companion435433, May 2019
This is for those that like a challenge or like to challenge their fears. I had to face my closterphobia with the tunnels, some with very small openings. Also if you have squeezy around spiders, you will have to be brave. You will get wet, muddy and aphysical workout. I am a 45 YO old woman who struggles with weight, but made it. My 9 YO handled it like a champ.
The cave is very beautiful and is...
Yichu_J, Mar 2017
The cave is very beautiful and is definitely an exotic experience. Even though the website says the tour is 4 hour long, the actual cave exploration is only a little over an hour. The transportation takes like two and a half hours. We wished to stay in the cave longer. The tour felt very rushed towards the end.
Tour of the caves was amazing. We...
colleen b, Nov 2016
Tour of the caves was amazing. We couldn't take our Camera because of the moisture and we didn't have a water proof camera. THE guide Brandon said he would email the pics that night that he took so we didnt need tonworry, but it's been 4 nights and no email. I called and left a message but nope! Sad
Great experience! The tour guide...
Mark C, Aug 2015
Great experience! The tour guide Mirllana or Miryana was wonderful very knowledgeable.