La Fortuna

Night Walk Around The Arenal Volcano

Badge of ExcellenceLa Fortuna, Costa Rica
Night Adventure Near Arenal Volcano National Park
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

    What's Included

    • Entrance to the El Silencio Viewpoint Trails
    • Transport service
    • Dinner
    • Bottled water

    Meeting and Pickup

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

    Meeting point

    • Mirador el Silencio
      F7MC+W37, 142, Provincia de Alajuela, San Carlos, Costa Rica

      For this activity we will meet at the reception of the Mirador El Silencio

    Pickup points

    Select a pickup point

    Start time

    05:30 PM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    Pickup details

    For the transportation service, you should check in advance if the hotel where you are staying applies the service. The pick-up time varies from one hotel to another, this is confirmed depending on the Hotel where they are staying.

    What To Expect

    Arenal Volcano (Pass By)

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not recommended for children under 5 years of age.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    Operated by Wildlife Tours Costa Rica

    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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Featured review
    Hajir_D
    We had an amazing time! Raul was a fantastic guide who educated us and entertained at the same time. Very knowledgeable and great sense of humor. Saw spider monkeys, a skunk, various birds, frogs, lizards, arachnids and of course the iconic red eyed frog. We saw two of them mating and Raul took amazing close-ups for us with each person’s phone. Would highly recommend this tour and the night walk experience as a whole!

    Reviews

    4.5
    73 reviews
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    We had a great time, the...
    Caitlyn_B, Apr 2024
    We had a great time, the pond area was the best but we were able to see other wildlife throughout the trail. It was mostly reptiles, amphibians and some insects for us.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hola Caitlyn, We're thrilled to hear you had such a fantastic time, especially enjoying the beauty of the pond area! Encountering reptiles, amphibians, and insects along the trail must have made for a truly memorable experience. Nature has a way of enchanting us with its diverse inhabitants, doesn't it? Sincerely WTCR team
    Stood still!
    Karl_H, Apr 2024
    We were meant to meet at 17:30 the guides were late. They split everyone into two groups The other group finished the whole trail As our group spent 50 minutes talking about frogs and we didn’t even walk half of it, then then when the other group passed us we followed them and got told that was the end. It said it was 2 hours 30minutes I was back at the hotel by 19:10 The guide was informative but I felt very rushed and wasn’t shown the whole trial I’m sure there’s better company’s out there for a night tour
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hola Karl_H! Thanks a lot for the review, it is very important for us to have your feedback. Yes, we always ask all of our customers to be at the meeting point at 5:30 pm or if the customer needs transportation service we schedule the pickup time. Most of the cases we arrive to the pickup places and some customers are not ready and that affects all of the operation of the tour that's why sometimes we don't get there at the exact time. About hike is scheduled to start between 5:45 and 6 pm due to the amount of sun light, also it is important to mention that the tour itself takes from 1:45 min to 2 hours, why it says 2:30 hours? This is because the pickups and dropoff. If you can provide us more information about the tour we will really appreciate if you can write us by email info@wildlifetourscostarica.com so we can double check what happened that day and who was your tour guide. Kind regards! Brandon Cruz
    Great experience
    Nick_H, Apr 2024
    Loved this tour. We saw plenty of snakes, spiders and frogs. Gabrielle was very knowledgeable and passionate about his subject
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hola Nick, I'm so glad to hear that you loved the tour! It sounds like you had a thrilling experience spotting snakes, spiders, and frogs. Having a guide like Gabrielle who is both knowledgeable and passionate about the subject must have made it even more enjoyable. It's always wonderful to learn from someone who truly loves what they do. Warm regards, From WTCR team.
    Excellent
    Claire_C, Apr 2024
    Great tour! The guides work hard to find the creatures of the night. We saw snakes, spiders, including a tarantula and many interesting species of frogs. The sounds of the forest at night are incredible. A must do tour!
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hola Claire, Sounds like an amazing tour! It's impressive how the guides put in the effort to uncover the wonders of the night. Spotting snakes, spiders, including a tarantula, and various fascinating species of frogs must have been quite an adventure. And I can only imagine how enchanting the sounds of the forest at night were. It definitely sounds like a tour that shouldn't be missed! Thanks for sharing your experience we are more than happy to know about it. Best regards, From WTCR team.
    Nice guide, not so many animals
    Ou_L, Apr 2024
    The night tour was about 2-hour hike in the Arenal volcano area. The guide was very nice and professional. There weren’t too many animals to be seen.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hola Ou_L, It sounds like you had a peaceful night exploring the Arenal volcano area on the 2-hour hike. Having a very nice and professional guide must have made the experience quite pleasant, even if the wildlife sightings were a bit limited. Sometimes, simply being immersed in nature's beauty can be its own reward. Nature is completely unpredictable, since animals are in their natural habitat is really hard to guarantee that you will see a lot of them, although our team does their best to give you the best of the experiences. Pura Vida, From WTCR team.
    Guide was great but please change your policy of allowing very young kids the group tour
    Eric_R, Apr 2024
    This was a little tough to review because my main displeasure with the night walk wasn't the tour itself but their policy of allowing young children to be on it. When we arrived at the meeting point we were told we would be split up into small groups of about 10 people each. Maybe it was pure luck or because I had my 9 and 12 year old kids with me but they paired us up with a couple who brought their ~1.5 year old (strapped in a carrier), ~5 year old and ~7 year old. Throughout the entire walk there was never a time that at least one of the kids wasn't yelling or complaining aloud which was distracting and made it difficult to hear the guide. The parents even admitted that they probably made a mistake in signing up for the walk. Maybe the company can restrict having really young kids join the group tour and push them to a private tour instead. The guide was highly knowledgeable and personable and if we didn't have the challenge stated above, I would have rated the walk a 4 out of 5 due to the limited number of things actually seen during the walk. Other notes: it gets very buggy from all the insects flying around. That may be a problem for some people and take away from their enjoyment.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hola Eric, Thank you for sharing your feedback about your experience on the night walk. It's understandable that having young children in the group, especially when they're constantly vocalizing, can be distracting and impact the overall enjoyment of the tour. Your suggestion to consider restricting really young children from joining the group tour and perhaps offering private tours for families with young kids is valid and could help improve the experience for everyone involved. I'm glad to hear that despite the challenges, the guide was highly knowledgeable and personable. Their expertise likely added value to the tour despite the distractions. Additionally, thank you for mentioning the issue with insects flying around. Your feedback provides valuable insights for improving future experiences. Sincerely, WTCR team.
    Fantastic experience
    Verena_G, Apr 2024
    Our night walk was fantastic and our guide Brandon truly outstanding. We saw 4 different kinds of snakes, many different frogs, spiders, click beetles, cicadas and other animals. Brandon knew so many interesting facts about Costa Rica and the animals. Wonderful experience, would do again
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hola Verena, It sounds like you had an absolutely fantastic night walk experience with Brandon as your guide! Encountering four different kinds of snakes, along with various frogs, spiders, click beetles, cicadas, and other animals must have been incredibly exciting. Brandon's wealth of knowledge about Costa Rica and its wildlife likely added a fascinating layer to the experience. It's wonderful to hear that you had such a memorable and enriching time. I'm thrilled to hear that you had such a wonderful time and would be eager to do it again—it's experiences like these that create lasting memories. Warm regards, WTCR team.
    Fun night hike
    Christa_S, Apr 2024
    Loved walking around at night with our guide, Chris, and flashlights to work together and find what comes out at night. Saw all kinds of frogs, spiders, snakes, and insects. Kids thought it was fun finding the things camouflaged amongst the rainforest. Appreciated the transportation to and from. Would highly recommend.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hola Christa, Thanks a lot for your excellence review, we really appreciate it. It sounds like you had a fantastic time on your night walk with Chris as your guide! Working together with flashlights to discover the creatures of the night must have been an exciting adventure. Spotting various frogs, spiders, snakes, and insects, especially those cleverly camouflaged in the rainforest, must have been a thrill, especially for the kids. It's great to hear that you appreciated the transportation provided and that you would highly recommend the experience—it sounds like a memorable and enjoyable outing for the whole family! Best regards, WTCR team.
    Excellent night hike!
    Hajir_D, Mar 2024
    We had an amazing time! Raul was a fantastic guide who educated us and entertained at the same time. Very knowledgeable and great sense of humor. Saw spider monkeys, a skunk, various birds, frogs, lizards, arachnids and of course the iconic red eyed frog. We saw two of them mating and Raul took amazing close-ups for us with each person’s phone. Would highly recommend this tour and the night walk experience as a whole!
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hola Hajir, It sounds like you had an absolutely amazing time on your tour! Raul is an exceptional guide, providing both education and entertainment throughout the experience. It's wonderful to hear that he was not only knowledgeable but also had a great sense of humor. Spotting spider monkeys, a skunk, various birds, frogs, lizards, arachnids, and the iconic red-eyed frog must have been incredibly exciting. Witnessing the red-eyed frogs mating is rare and memorable moment, that made even more special by Raul's ability to capture amazing close-up photos for each person. Thank you for sharing your experience—I'm sure others would greatly benefit from such a fantastic tour and night walk experience! Pura Vida, Wildlife Tours Costa Rica!
    Best Bday Present
    Paula_R, Mar 2024
    As a couple of “locals” we really enjoyed this experience! Best decision ever, I chose this as a birthday present for my girlfriend and could not have picked better! We saw a bunch if animals and our tour guide Kai was full of fun facts!
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hola Paula, We are so happy to know about it! It's fantastic to hear that you, as locals, had such a great time! It's wonderful to hear that you and your girlfriend enjoyed the experience. It's always a great feeling when a special occasion gift turns out to be such a hit. Seeing a variety of animals and learning fun facts from your tour guide Kai must have made the experience even more memorable. Thanks for sharing your positive experience—it's great to hear about such enjoyable outings! Pura vida from WTCR team!
    Night life in the rainforest
    Amanda_D, Mar 2024
    Our guide Brandon was very knowledgeable on the animals in the area. He was a great guide! We were able to see lots of frogs, a few spiders, a couple headlamp beetles, and a snake and scorpion. The hike was more difficult as it was raining and the steps were uneven and slick. This tour was the least favorite for my kids (ages 7 & 11) due to the darkness. We all had flashlights but it was dark in the rainforest. I would recommend this tour but be aware it is dark and difficult if it is raining.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hola Amanda, It's great to hear that Brandon's knowledge of the local wildlife made for an informative and enjoyable tour! Despite the challenges posed by the rain, it sounds like you encountered quite a variety of creatures, from frogs to spiders, beetles, a snake, and even a scorpion. However, I understand that the darkness of the rainforest, especially during rainy conditions, may have made the hike more challenging for your kids. Your recommendation to be prepared for darkness and difficult terrain, especially during rain, is valuable for others considering the tour. Thank you for sharing your experience and insights! Many thanks for visit us! WTCR team.
    Brandon was amazing! One of the highlights of our Costa Rica trip!
    Emma_B, Mar 2024
    This tour was one of the highlights of our entire Costa Rica trip! Brandon, our guide, was super knowledgeable and helpful. We traveled with my two kids (ages 8 and 5) and he went out of his way to make sure they were included in the info shared and that we could find most of the animals they were looking for. We saw snakes, a sloth, spiders, and several different species of frogs and toads. The red eyed tree frogs were the best! Thank you so much, Brandon, for being so good to our family and to my kids!
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Hola Emma, What a delightful experience! It's wonderful to hear that Brandon made your tour one of the highlights of your trip. His knowledge and attentiveness to your children's excitement must have made the adventure even more enjoyable. Spotting such a diverse range of wildlife, including the iconic red-eyed tree frogs, sounds absolutely enchanting. Brandon's dedication to ensuring your family had a fantastic time is truly commendable. Thank you for sharing your positive experience! Warm regards, WTCR team.
    Still Nice on a Rainy Evening
    Frances_T, Mar 2024
    The pickup and drop off from and to the hotel was seemless and the guide was very nice. Unfortunately, it was raining the evening of the tour, so we didn't see a lot of animals. The red eyed tree frog was the highlight of the evening!
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Hola Frances, I'm delighted to hear that the pickup and drop-off process was seamless for your tour, and it's wonderful that you had a nice guide accompanying you. While the rain may have limited animal sightings, I'm glad to hear that the red-eyed tree frog managed to steal the spotlight and become the highlight of the evening! Nature can be unpredictable, but it sounds like you made the most of the experience and enjoyed a memorable encounter with that fascinating creature. Despite the weather, your positive outlook adds a special touch to your adventure! 🌧️🐸✨ Sincerely WTCR team.
    Amazing evening and wildlife
    Toni_R, Mar 2024
    An amazing amount of wildlife that we would never of seen without a guide. Our guide Didiar (hope I’ve spelt that correctly) was very knowledge. We saw several snakes, frogs and a tarantula. It was an amazing evening.
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    It's fantastic to hear about your remarkable wildlife experience with Didier as your guide! Your keen observation of snakes, frogs, and even a tarantula adds an exciting dimension to your evening. Having a knowledgeable guide like Didier undoubtedly enhanced your wildlife encounter, making it possible for you to witness and appreciate the diverse and often elusive creatures of the area. It sounds like an unforgettable and enriching evening filled with the wonders of nature. Kudos to Didier for contributing to such a fantastic wildlife adventure! ¡Pura vida! From WTCR team.
    The guides were...
    Maura_Q, Feb 2024
    The guides were knowledgeable and patient, especially with my 3y/o. We were able to see frogs, snakes, colorful insects.
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Hello Maura, You have left a smile on our entire team's faces with your kind words. Thank you very much for sharing this with us. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to serve you and are so glad to know that your kids have enjoyed our tour. Your friends from Wildlife Tours Costa Rica.
    Raul was a great guide-...
    Kim_C, Feb 2024
    Raul was a great guide- very smart and we were able to see quite a few animals. Would highly recommend
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Hola, We just wanted to thank you for taking the time to write this review of our night hike. We are a small, local, family-owned business here at Wildlife Tours Costa Rica, and every comment like this helps us a lot! Thank you for your kind words towards Raúl. We are very grateful for customers like you. From the Wildlife Tours Costa Rica team.
    Best night walk ever!
    Timothy_P, Feb 2024
    So thankful to have had such a knowledgable guide! The jungle is full of creepy crawlies that most definitely take a trained eye to see! We carefully toured a well-defined trail in the dark of night. Came across a Fer-de-lance, lots of frogs, and a few giant spiders! The guide is safe, careful, and respectful to nature. He also assisted in taking some amazing pictures of these creatures! Highly recommend, unless you're afraid of the dark ;)
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Dear Timothy, Always amazing to hear that we have been successful in our goal of providing our customers with the best experience possible. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you. From WTCR team.
    Saw quite a few critters
    Laura_T, Feb 2024
    We went on a rainy day. It wasn't a complete downpour but we did get fairly wet. Definitely pack the raincoat and a smaller umbrella (it's better for squeezing along the path). At the beginning we didn't see a whole lot of animals, so our guide told us about a lot of the trees and vegetation. We saw a glass frog, red-eyed tree frog, Fer de lance, an eyelash viper, lots of spiders, a bullfrog and other type of frog.
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Hello Laura, Actually frogs love the rainy days, which is great because we are in the rain forest. Our team enjoys doing what they do because of customers like you. Your review has made our day. Thank you so much!
    Frogs, fireflies, and kinkajous, oh my!
    Cambrie_J, Feb 2024
    A must-do experience! The tour started with a walk around an outdoor area that had manmade ponds to attract lots of amphibians — we saw the red-eyed tree frog, glass frogs, toads, and lots of tadpoles and frog eggs. The open fields bordering the edge of the rainforest were also full of fireflies! A treat for us Pacific Northwesterners! The following hike was easy and we passed a couple of other tour groups, one of which had spotted an eyelash pit viper and pointed it out to us. At one point, I spotted eyes high up in the canopy — the guide focused his more powerful flashlight on them and we were treated to a playful show by some kinkajous! Our guide said he'd never seen them before. So definitely look up every so often and you might see something special. :)
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Dear guest, We have built Wildlife Tours to provide the best possible service to every customer that walks through our door. We cannot thank you enough for the time you have taken to share your comment with us and remind us why we do what we do. Sincerely WTCR team.
    Tour guide was very...
    Aaron_T, Jan 2024
    Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend. Saw lots of animals. About a 1.5 hour hike.
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Hello Aaron, Thank you very much for sending us this review. It has been a complete pleasure serving you and we hope you return soon. Sincerely WTCR Team.

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