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Tour to the Venado Caverns in Arenal La Fortuna San Carlos

The Venado Caverns are safe and easily accessible so that just about anyone can enjoy touring them. They were first discovered by the Guatusos aborigines, who have lived in this region for many years. The caverns are located about 3 km east of the town of Venado and 45 minutes from La Fortuna.

For many years the Venado Caverns were under the sea and later emerged due to plate tectonic movement. Its tunnels and chambers are formed by limestone and decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and coral remains.

The duration of the tour inside the caverns is 1.5 hours. During this time we will travel through narrow passages that give way to larger chambers that house marine fossils, bats, spiders and crickets.

It is ideal for those who have an adventurous spirit since we will definitely get muddy walking and crawling through 4 caves that are extremely narrow; we will also see a river that crosses the caverns along with a waterfall.

per adult from




4 hours


Hotel pickup available


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No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Local taxes
    • Professional guide
    • Equipment
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Souvenir photos
  • Some history points about the Venado Caverns.

    The Vendado Caverns were formed approximately about 3 million years ago, they are located upon a tectonic plate fault. There are unique water currents, ecosystems and rock formations in the caves dating back hundreds of thousands of years. Even though the natives were aware of the caverns existence they were not formally explored until the 1960´s by a Mr. Robert Vergenes who was a French explorer. These caverns are home to different species like spiders, crabs, insects and fish, even though the tectonic movement provoked the rising of the caverns only 10 of the 450 are accesible.

    Inside the caverns.

    As you travel through the narrow pathways you will notice they are humid and dark which are not ideal for toddlers, disabled people or anyone who suffers from claustrofobia. Fast drying attire is essential considering the wet and humid environment along with the dripping water from the limestone and the river which runs through the caverns.

    Species within the caverns.

    A species that is suspected to have been living in the caverns for hundreds of years are bats, there are thousands of them hanging from the ceiling. You will also see spiders which have adapted to the the darkness and humid atmosphere. In addition, there are marine fossils that can be easily detected and you may also see some monochromatic fish and frogs.
  • Departure Point :
    We will pick up and drop off at the hotel in Arenal La Fortuna San Carlos
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Necessary attire: Pants, waterproof shoes, T-Shirt, change of clothes and towels
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Costa Rica Itinerary

Activity ID: V-36223P95

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