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“Night walk not great” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Ecological Sanctuary

Ecological Sanctuary
Turnoff to Jardin Mariposas | off main road between Santa Elena and Monteverde, Santa Elena 60109, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5869
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Ranked #10 of 19 things to do in Santa Elena
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Ecological Sanctuary Monteverde, we are a local family whose purpose is to conserve the forest and offer to our visitors an unforgettable opportunity to experience the magic of nature, walking through our different trails located in a transitional forest from the Cloud Forest to the Rainforest. Where you will be surprised with beautiful waterfalls, streams, coffee and banana plantation which harmonize with the rich biodiversity of the 48 hectare of protected area. 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.
Allison Park, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Night walk not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

We had several other wildlife hikes in CR that were great, so perhaps this one suffered somewhat by comparison. We didn't see much except for insects (its was quite windy that night) & didn't cover much distance. Our guide, Jonathan, did seem to be quite knowledgeable. After reading the other reviews & thinking back on our experience, I would recommend going here during the day. Obviously, we didn't see any views or waterfalls that others mentioned at night.

Visited July 2012
Thank Lorraine H
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great night walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

We had a great night walk with our guide Carlos. The 2 hour tour through the sanctuary had us seeing coati, toucanettes and a variety of hummingbirds and insects. As with most parks here a guide is essential as they are used to spotting the well camouflaged wildlife. While the walk was not a breeze, my 70 year old mother and 11 year old son had almost no issues .

Thank lewisusauk
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Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Canada
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Maybe with a guide....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

Nice section of the forest, although pretty much the same all over. We showed up at 10 in the morning, no guide available. We spotted one mamall by ourselves, but very few birds. Maybe a guide would have helped us, but it is certainly not a farm or anything close to a place with garanteed animals sighting, it's the forest, so prepare in consequence!!!

The paths are extremely well maintained and both the map and indications in the forest are perfect.

Visited February 2012
Thank Lebeauceronintrépide
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Farm tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011

Was greatly interested in organic farming so I took the Finca organic farm tour. The knowledge I got from this was more than I could handle. very informative and helpful.

Visited November 2011
Thank sonofkyuss
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Vail, Colorado
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Waterfall repel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

What a wild and fun adventure. Something you cannot do just anywhere, that is for sure. The guys were very sensitive to our being comfortable and for our safety.

Visited October 2011
Thank carolcottage
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