Venado Caves
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  • julesd579
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible family caving experience!
    This was an incredible adventure and our family absolutely loved it. Mauricio was our guide and he was very passionate about the caves and all the creatures in it. He was very patient with our seven year old child and very encouraging to all five of us. We saw bats, huge spiders, scorpion spiders and crabs. We crawled, climbed and squeezed through small gaps (these are optional) opening into various chambers with interesting formations. They provide showers and soap afterwards too, so don’t worry about getting dirty. One of the highlights of our trip and incredibly good value!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Ken E
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique caving experience, some right crawls.
    Great experience, some very tight squeezes, and wet crawls, so unusual as cave tours go. Our guide was friendly, although English was not great, but the uniqueness of the experience more than overcame the language barrier. Suggest wearing pants, boots are not necessary if your shoes can get wet.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Dulce M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating! Best part of our trip
    Absolutely breath taking! Albert is a fantastic guide. Very patient with my 8 and 10 year old plus my claustrophobic husband. He made us feel safe and eased our journey so we stayed comfortable. We have been recommending this tour to other travelers we meet throughout our trip.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Carolyne B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome activity
    Venado Caves will certainly be a major highlight of our CR tour. We are a family of 5 with 3 teenagers and I never thought I’d have so much fun in a cave. Our guide, Mauricio, was very knowledgeable and we had a great time. He took the time to explain everything and made sure we were safe at all times. The « birth canal » was awesome!! Thanks for this wonderful and memorable experience :-)
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Longhorn2010
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do
    Exciting cave tour with some tight squeezes, climbing and crawling in water. The hardest parts are optional, and so this tour is suitable for most people. Wilder was a fantastic guide and kept us safe. If you have a car, book a tour with the cave owners directly and drive to the caves. The road is fine. This is a must do activity in Costa Rica!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Tikitiki212
    Wisconsin128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun for teens!
    My 13 and 14 year old boys LOVED this cave tour!! I feel like this is a hidden gem in the La Fortuna area. Many people don't seem to put this on their itinerary, but it was so, so cool and fun. A real highlight of our trip. We've been to caves all around the U.S., but this immersive and interactive experience is unlike any others we've done. Climbing and traipsing through the water, being taken into "hidden passageways", only the light of a headlamp.... just incredible fun. It's a nice change of pace too from the standard rainforest walks/ hikes in the area. My 72 year old parents did this as well, and the guide was amazing with them. He was patient and helped my mom safely navigate the caves. (My parents did bypass some of the more challenging sections and waited for us, but the guide was great with personalizing the tour to the different levels in our group.) Highly recommend for adventurous kids, pre-teens or teens!!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 October 2023
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Daria T
Madison, WI30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This tour was amazing. It's not a cave walk, it's spelunking--so be prepared to squeeze through tight spots, crawl on your hands and knees, do a little rock climbing, and in general get dirty. Also, if you've explored caves before, don't be fooled--this cave is NOT chilly. It's quite warm and humid inside, so dress appropriately. It was a really neat experience!
Written 23 January 2024
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Ewa G
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
It was fantastic experience. You will need proper clothing and shoes as you will get dirty and wet.
The cave is beautiful. Our guide was amazing and very patient with us. Thank you!!
Written 9 November 2023
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Tikitiki212
Wisconsin128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
My 13 and 14 year old boys LOVED this cave tour!! I feel like this is a hidden gem in the La Fortuna area. Many people don't seem to put this on their itinerary, but it was so, so cool and fun. A real highlight of our trip. We've been to caves all around the U.S., but this immersive and interactive experience is unlike any others we've done.

Climbing and traipsing through the water, being taken into "hidden passageways", only the light of a headlamp.... just incredible fun. It's a nice change of pace too from the standard rainforest walks/ hikes in the area.

My 72 year old parents did this as well, and the guide was amazing with them. He was patient and helped my mom safely navigate the caves. (My parents did bypass some of the more challenging sections and waited for us, but the guide was great with personalizing the tour to the different levels in our group.)

Highly recommend for adventurous kids, pre-teens or teens!!
Written 30 October 2023
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Longhorn2010
San Jose12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Exciting cave tour with some tight squeezes, climbing and crawling in water. The hardest parts are optional, and so this tour is suitable for most people. Wilder was a fantastic guide and kept us safe. If you have a car, book a tour with the cave owners directly and drive to the caves. The road is fine. This is a must do activity in Costa Rica!
Written 13 August 2023
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Carolyne B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Venado Caves will certainly be a major highlight of our CR tour. We are a family of 5 with 3 teenagers and I never thought I’d have so much fun in a cave. Our guide, Mauricio, was very knowledgeable and we had a great time. He took the time to explain everything and made sure we were safe at all times. The « birth canal » was awesome!! Thanks for this wonderful and memorable experience :-)
Written 8 August 2023
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Corbett
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I am an experienced caver, and still loved this tour. It offered lots of interesting options for crawling through wet tunnels are fitting through tiny holes, but the guide had alternatives for people that were not comfortable. I loved that this cave tour allowed each participant to adventure at their own comfort level. Our guide was great with the little kids, and things felt safe for the entire family. He also made sure to point things out to me and engage beyond the normal tour conversation. There are some truly spectacular formations in this cave and interesting wildlife.

Tips:
- Be sure to go in the morning. It tends to rain in the afternoon, and they will not allow tours when the water levels are high.
- Bring a complete change of clothes/shoes. There is a lot of guano, and you will need to shower well afterward.
- They will ask you to wear a mask in parts of the cave due to exposure in a bat habitat. I recommend you use one of their basic surgical masks instead of a fabric one. The mask also reminded me not to touch my face during the tour.
- The guide will offer photos, and while you can take your own (if you have a waterproof case for your phone) our guide did a great job of setting families up and lighting tough spots.
- There was gravel road for the last couple km of drive. Be careful depending on your vehicle.
- You will get wet (waist deep at points) and need to be able to crawl and climb in slippery conditions. Please know your own boundaries.
Written 1 July 2023
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Dulce M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Absolutely breath taking! Albert is a fantastic guide. Very patient with my 8 and 10 year old plus my claustrophobic husband. He made us feel safe and eased our journey so we stayed comfortable. We have been recommending this tour to other travelers we meet throughout our trip.
Written 25 June 2023
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Sam C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Really good. We arrived as a pair without having made a reservation and the team kindly arranged an impromptu tour with an excellent guide. We went into the caves, armed with helmet + headtorch provided and clothes that we didn’t mind getting very wet/ quite muddy + water shoes (would recommend to bring, they have boots if you don’t). Our guide spoke good English and was able to explain a lot about the history, geology (the stalagmites and tites) and most interestingly to us the zoology.

Inside the caves we saw spiders, cave crickets, catfish and several kinds of bat. The caves lead through narrow pinches, up through tunnels and through shallow waters. It was definitely an adventure, moderately physically exerting but I think they could cater for a variety of abilities/ shapes and sizes if needed. At the end there was some showers and changing facilities.

I would highly recommend, it was great fun and very authentic/ not dolled up for tourists. Thank you to the team there.
Written 1 May 2023
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Ken E
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Great experience, some very tight squeezes, and wet crawls, so unusual as cave tours go. Our guide was friendly, although English was not great, but the uniqueness of the experience more than overcame the language barrier. Suggest wearing pants, boots are not necessary if your shoes can get wet.
Written 23 April 2023
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Micheal
Oak Harbor, WA2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
The company canceled my date. They have not responded to any of my attempts to reach them. I have asked for a refund multiple times. Not one response
Written 13 April 2023
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