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Address: Turnoff to Jardin Mariposas | off main road between Santa Elena and Monteverde, Santa Elena 60109, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2645 5869
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Description: This 75-acre private wildlife preserve has more than 150 species of birds...
This 75-acre private wildlife preserve has more than 150 species of birds and 4 walking trails for scenic strolls through lush surroundings, 2 waterfalls, a impressive biodiversity.Since its a biological passway it offers an excellent opportunity to the visitors to see a big quantity of mammal and bird species of the zone.Ask for our conservation program.
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Quiet and great wildlife spotting

Fantastic smaller reserve, which was a lot quieter than Monteverde. Loads of wildlife and decent length trails. A great place to wander and feel like no one else is around.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Fantastic smaller reserve, which was a lot quieter than Monteverde. Loads of wildlife and decent length trails. A great place to wander and feel like no one else is around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile

We walked along the blue trail. There were a lot of animals visible from the trail, including toucans and a howler monkey. There was also a lot of interesting plant life and stunning views from the outlooks. Well worth the admission fee.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We spent an afternoon walking the trails. The forest is not really cloud forest as its much lower and drier as such it has different plants. We saw a good range of birds and a few animals and the views from the view points were truly stunning. We had read somewhere that we could swim in the waterfalls but the... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This private reserve is convenient if you are staying in Santa Elena. We had a very pleasant unguided two-hour walk. Offered flora and fauna similar to other venues.

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San Clemente, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We recently visited Monteverde at the end of January 2015 and stayed at the Monteverde Lodge & Gardens. We booked the Ecological Sanctuary Twilight Tour from the hotel for $25pp. Our guide, Donald, met us at the hotel lobby. We were the only ones who booked the tour that evening. Donald gave us each flashlights. He led us through the... More 

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Michigan City, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Good place to hang out with your friends or family. Lot of wildlife visible from the trails. Good experience

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Canada
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This was a wonderful experience. Ten years ago, the family that owns this 50ha parcel decided to convert it from a banana plantation to an private ecological reserve. They have a number of paths through the reserve - we took the longest blue path which you can do in about 2 hours (we enjoyed the hike and took 3 1/2... More 

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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

it's a very good place to bring your kids. the trail are nice, you can see family of racoons, monkeys and a lot of birds.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

the guide is part of the owner's family, and he's very excited about this place and knows quite a bit about all the wildlife here. he took us on a 2 hour walk at dusk through this place, gave us all flashlights, and pointed out lizards, spiders, and other animals. he knows where to find them and gave us long... More 

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Cincinnati
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My wife, son, and I took about a 2 hour private guided tour with Carlos through the Ecological Sanctuary located in close proximity to the Monteverde Lodge and Garden Hotel. We were able to see animals including raccoons, birds, and fireflies as the day transitioned into night. Carlos did a great job and worked very hard to show us the... More 

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