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The Bat Jungle

Address: Frente Restaurante Tramonti en Monteverde, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve 5655, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506-2645-7701
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: # 85 live bats free-flying in our huge enclosure, designed to resemble the cloud forest at night# Guided tour by professional guides takes about 45 minutes# The tour is both informative, educational and entertaining, with a focus on biology and conservation# Cleverly designed interpretive exhibits, like our giant ears, huge bat heads, and bat skeleton.# You will see, at close range, 85 tropical fruit-eating and nectar-feeding bats from the Monteverde area# Our bats fly, eat, socialize, and even give birth before your eyes
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SF
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This was a really informative and interesting experience. We all know a little something about bats but NOT what we really need to know. Here you will learn about the significant and important role they play in our very lives. The folks that run this are very passionate and knowledgeable and want to spread the word on the importance of... More

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The staff here are so enthusiastic about their work and it shows. You will receive a great tour of this hidden gem. They will tell you all about the various bat species in Costa Rica with global comparisons. The are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I had no idea how important bats are to our planet until I visited The Bat... More

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I loved this place. I think they oversell the actual bat observation part, it's pretty cool and all but don't expect to see bats hunting down capybaras or anything similarly spectacular. But the talk on bats and all the various props and exhibits was absolutely brilliant and fascinating; I fancy myself as knowing more than most about them but I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This was our first tour in Monteverde. It was lead by a friendly guide who explained all the different bats to us and also showed us how relevant they are to the ecosystem. At the end of the tour he took us into a room where we are able to observe about 85 live bats behind a glass window. If... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We stumbled upon this tour accidentally and are so glad we did! It was so revealing and enlightening! Our guide (Belgian biologist naturalized in Costa Rica) was wonderful! We left with a newfound respect for these beautiful creatures who play a vital role in our ecosystems.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My family of 2 adults and a teen got a personal tour of the bat jungle - it pays to go in the off season! What an eye opener, we had no idea the important role that bats play in nature and how they really are key in nature's food production. Highly recommend this tour - informative and entertaining, a... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

In brief: You'll learn more about bats and appreciate their close link to people with a chance to explore the bat jungle behind glass with Vino as your guide. The pros: -Vino is extremely knowledgable about bats -You will learn about the value of bats to the environment (eat over 1000 mosquitos per hour), relation to people (share a common... More

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rklaval, Owner at The Bat Jungle, responded to this review

We thank mashatravels for her very thoughtful review of her tour at the Bat Jungle. Hopefully we can follow upon some of her suggestions in the future. More

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Our guide was very knowledgable and passionate about bats. We had never been to enclosure like this where you can watch so many bats flying at a time. It did seem a little small, and it was a fairly short tour, so it felt a bit pricey, but I'm happy to know that my money is going to fund something... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Some of the most passionate staff, which makes this a really good small museum. (The tours are very personable and very informative, it opened my eyes up to the declining species and how it will affect the world's population.)

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ny
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We did the unguided tour and after reading some bat info on the wall we saw the small bat area and left after 10 minutes. Not too special but perhaps the hour long formal tour is better

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rklaval, Owner at The Bat Jungle, responded to this review

Dear SBKSPAM, Sorry you did not take the tour. You would have enjoyed it, learned a lot, and not have been inclined to say "so-so". Our guided tour participants always leave enthusiastic comments - just read our Trip Advisor reviews. And we remind potential visitors that the "small bat area" he refers to is 17 meters long, designed to resemble... More

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