The only thing better than walking through a gorgeous Costa Rican rainforest is walking through a rainforest with dinosaurs! At Dinoland Costa Rica, you get the best of both worlds. This awesome amusement park–tucked away at the base of the Poas Volcano–is the perfect getaway for children and adults alike.
I have to admit, I didn’t have super high expectations for this amusement park. But I was pleasantly surprised. With 25 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, it is literally an adventure at every turn. And they weren’t cheaply made either. They were high-quality statues that moved and made noises. I was just as entertained as my kids. Here’s five reasons why you should visit Dinoland during your next vacation to Costa Rica.
Dinoland Costa Rica at a glance
- Ages: All ages welcome
- Cost: $12 adults, $7 kids ages 4-7
- Duration: 2-3 hours
- Location: Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica
- Hours: Daily, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (reservations required on the weekends)
- Contact information: Reservations +50688870310, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/cataratarioagrio88870310/?ref=page_internal
- Recommended gear: Umbrella, good hiking shoes, lots of water, bug spray
Reason #1: It’s super affordable
While most of the excursions and tours for tourists in Costa Rica can cost anywhere from $30-$100 per person, Dinoland was a very affordable place to visit for our family of seven. It only cost us $12 for adults and $7 for the kids. This price included tour of the 25 dinosaurs, access to the Rio Agrio trail/waterfall and access to the Mirador lookout point.
Reason #2: It’s perfect for kids
It’s nice to visit a place that your kids absolutely love. Dinoland Costa Rica was one of those places. My boys felt like they were walking on the set of Jurassic Park. Around every bend along the trail was another amazing dinosaur that brought huge smiles to my kids’ faces. Plus, I loved it just as much as them.
Reason #3: It includes the Rio Agrio Waterfall
After completely the self-guided dinosaur tour, you can follow a river trail into a narrow rainforest canyon that leads to a gorgeous waterfall. The lush, green surroundings and beautiful scenery was like stepping into another world. Plus, the trail itself was only about a 1/2 mile so most people can walk it easily.
Reason #4: You can visit the celestial pools instead of dinosaurs
If dinosaurs aren’t your thing, you can pay $8.75 per person to see the Rio Agrio Waterfall, celestial pools and the rainbow wings viewpoint. The celestial pools have a bright, turquoise color that is spectacular in person.
Reason #5: There’s a delicious restaurant there too
After a fun day of hiking and exploring, you can stop by the restaurant located next to the parking lot and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican meal. It was pouring rain, so we got hot chocolate for each of our kids and they couldn’t have been happier. It was a great day.
I hope you have just as much fun visiting Dinoland Costa Rica as we did. Let me know how it goes in the comments below. Here’s a little video I put together of Dinoland for your viewing pleasure:
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