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Curi Cancha Reserve

300 Metros Este de la Fabrica de Quesos Monteverde, Costa Rica
+506 2645 6915
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Ranked #1 of 28 attractions in Monteverde
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: To protect of natural resources of the planet operating through an economically and environmentally sustainable business that preserves local forests... more » Owner description: To protect of natural resources of the planet operating through an economically and environmentally sustainable business that preserves local forests and biodiversity, benefits people of the area, and provides the highest quality experience for the visitor. Walk along beautiful natural trails with an experienced guide and see different species of birds and mammals. Learn about the amazing diversity of the cloud forest. « less
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Kangaroo Valley, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We spent 4-5 hours on each of 3 consecutive days exploring this reserve including hiring an excellent guide Cristian Chaves for one morning. The reserve has excellent trails covering a range of rainforest types and age classes. We saw a female Resplendent Quetzal and 2 other trogon species as well as 2 snake species. The hummingbird feeders were particularly enjoyable... More

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Houston, Texas
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I visited this reserve twice. The first day, I birded the trails, and the second day, I waited in the parking lot with the kids while my wife birded. Interestingly enough, I found only a few less species in the parking lot (21) than I did on the trails (27). Highlights for me were a female Quetzal and a Three-wattled... More

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Hurst, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We did a 1:30 afternoon tour with Rafael Vargas as our guide. I think he was the best guide we had of all our tours. He was amazing with his ability to mimic and identify bird calls. I mentioned a desire to see the Quetzel, and he delivered. He took us to an area normally off limits to visitors and... More

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Concord, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We loved our hike through the Curi-Cancha Reserve with our guide Marcos of Pasion Costa Rica. It was quiet, with nice trails, and lots of interesting flora and fauna. We saw caterpillars, a glasswing butterfly, a nearly perfectly camouflaged praying mantis, a quetzal, a bellbird, a red brocket deer, and many other birds and animals. We probably would have missed... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Well maintained trails and fabulous looks at birds and agoutis make Curi Canche a pleasant alternative to the Cloud Forest. Less choked with undergrowth, the Reserve is better, in some ways, for spotting birds.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

There was some unique trails , it was a different view of the rain forest since it was on the other side of the continental divide looking out towards Montaverde national forest. It was a quiet not crowded place. Our guide Jorge Lizano from the reserve was wonderful and knowledgeable and spoke English very well.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

I really believe our guide, Danilo, made the tour worthwhile. He knew about anything and everything, and it was fascinating hearing him replicate bird calls. We didn't see any ground-dwelling mammals, mostly just birds and a few bugs, but he gave us great information about everything whilst maintaining enthusiasm and making jokes throughout. We were very lucky to see a... More

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Pleasant Hill, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Definitely go with a Guide (available for hire). Moderate trails well-maintained. Especially good for bird watchers. Got lucky and saw a few Capuchin monkeys high in the treetops.

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Blairsville, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Our family/group of eight had the most enjoyable tour with Danilo. He was fun and extremely informative. He seemed as excited to enjoy the forest as we were. We were not sure of our plans so we went early on a Saturday morning. They called Danilo in and within 15 minutes he arrived and catered the tour to our time... More

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We recently did a night tour of the Curi Cancha cloud forest with Rafael and it was one of the highlights of our stay in Monteverde. We were the only ones in the reserve and Rafael was an extremely knowledgeable guide. We saw tarantulas, a sleeping quetzal, olingos, an armadillo, and even a hitchhiking frog! At one point, Rafael turned... More

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