Starting at $120 per night

Overview

The Venado Caves is one of the coolest hidden gems for adventurers in Costa Rica. Imagine spelunking through a tropical limestone cavern system in Costa Rica!

The day starts off when you are picked up from your La Fortuna hotel. Transportation will be provided to the Venado Caves site in Venado. The drive takes about an hour and passes through rural off the beaten path villages that few are privileged to see.

When you arrive at the caves your guide will set you up with boots, helmet and flashlight. Then you will be on your way to discovering and exploring the fascinating cave system.

You can walk upright through most of the cave system, but there will be times where you will have to crawl a little or squeeze through tight passages. No need to worry as there is always another way around. As you pass through, you will be walking through a shallow stream, but this will not affect you as you will have your boots.

The cave is home to its own ecosystem with insects, frogs, fish, and four species of bats. It is estimated that the caves were formed over six million years ago, so there are fossils of marine life such as mollusks. In addition, there are beautiful rock formations including and the smoothed rock formations from old waterfalls.

Of course, a guide will accompany you the entire way. Your guide will show you points of interest, explain the natural history and answer any questions you may have.

After a couple hours exploring the cave you will be returned to your hotel. In total, including round trip transfers, this tour is expected to last around five hours, though this is subject to change. The tour includes transportation, guide, helmet, flashlight, snack, and entrance fee.

Highlights

  • Spelunking at the Venado Caves
  • See ancient rock formations including stalagmites and stalactites

What to Bring

  • Clothes That Can Get Wet And Dirty
  • Change Of Clothes
  • Camera
  • Sturdy Shoes Or Money To Rent Boots

Location and Availability

The Venado Caves is available from Arenal, Arenal Zone 2, and Arenal Zone 3

Tour Times

  • 7:45am
  • 12:45pm

Tour Type

  • Adventure

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Recommended Ages

10 and up

Location

Latitude: N 10°33'24.41". Longitude: W 85°14'58.3"

Reviews

  • Overall 91.2% (19 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 88.9%
  • Expectations: 90.5%
  • Guides: 91.1%
  • Logistics: 94.2%
  • Value: 90.0%

06/04/2017

A little too adventurous for me! I ended up quite bruised all over!

11/22/2016

Exciting! Our guide was patient and knowledgeable!

06/28/2015

Carlos was an excellent guide. He exceeded our expectations of this tour. He was polite and well informed of the trip from pick up through drop off. Highly recommend him.

03/31/2015

Really loved our tour guide, he was very informative and fun. he really knows his stuff