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“Quetzal's in the rain” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Curi Cancha Reserve

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
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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.
Manchester, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Quetzal's in the rain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I spent 4 hours in the Curi-Cancha with three friends, only one of the group knew one end of a Quetzal from another. BUT Raphael our marvellous guide introduced us to the terrain, the birds, the insects, the trees and plants and importantly explained the relationship between them all. We were enchanted and fascinated by the whole experience. All the guides carry telescopes which make viewing wild life and birds much easier for the inexperienced. The weather was pretty grim and waterproofs made the whole experience more comfortable. There was a $12 entrance fee and $20 per person for the tour guide, which was in line with the other prices we paid for similar trips, and good value. Do ensure that you book a guide in advance.

Visited November 2012
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Winchester, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
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“Curi-Cancha with Christian Chaves”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We visited the Curi-Cancha Wildlife Refuge in the Cloud Forest of Monteverde on 1st November. We took a taxi from our cabana in Santa Elena and met our guide Christian (Chris) Chaves at the parks entrance and would highly recommend him to anyone visiting the area. We were delighted to see so much flora and fauna within minutes of walking into the refuge.  We were greeted with a little Aquoti eating oranges right in front of us and within minutes of walking along the trail Christian spotted an Emerald Toucanet and centred it within his Scope so that we could see it so clearly.  Two minutes later we were looking at a colourful Orange-bellied Trogan in a tree nearby. When Christian asked us what we would like to see we responded (tongue in cheek I might add) that we would like to see a Resplendent Quetzal and sure enough five minutes later he spotted both a male and female.  What can you say it was just incredible and all we could have wished for.  Later we even got to see a huge Keel-billed Toucan and nearby a Bicolour Hawk and that was just some of the birds. We will not forget seeing a large male Coati high up in the tree canopy and we only spotted this because Christian heard it dropping food to the forest floor.  Lastly just before we arrived at the lovely Hummingbird gallery near the entrance we were indeed lucky to spot a Red Brocket Deer and managed to get a good photograph before it galloped off into the forest. Christian’s wide ranging knowledge not only of the wildlife but also the different eco systems was incredible and made our adventure into the Cloud Forest a delight - he even gave us a lift back to our Cabana which was most kind. If you come to Monteverde be sure to visit the Curi-Cancha Wildlife Refuge and contact Christian - crvipers@hotmail.com and have a great time.

Visited November 2012
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Epe, The Netherlands
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Beautiful place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We visited Curi Cancha with the most wonderful guide you can wish for, Javier from Cabins el Sol. Besides his extended knowledge we were extremely lucky the day we visited this beautiful place. First of all we spotted a side striped palm pitviper, which is not often seen. After that we saw 3 male bellbirds, which is rare or even never seen before. Also we spotted a colourful quetzal (it should not be here this time of year?!), many blue morphos, a lovely squirrel and many insects. The parc is not only stuffed with animals but it’s also a very nice place to just walk and enjoy.

Visited September 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Went here with Andreas with Forest Alive tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We booked with Forest Alive to do an all day tour. He started in Curi Cancha in the morning and spent 5 hours taking us around the reserve and showing us the different eco systems, plants galore and mostly birds.
According to Andy you can't go to this reserve without a guide and only a small number of guides are allowed to tour in the reserve. Because of this we didn't see anyone else in the 5 hours that we were there - which was quite nice. I would definitely recommend Forest Alive and Andy - he LOVES what he does and it shows.

Visited October 2012
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San Bernardino
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Deceptive prices”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I went on a tour with a friend with Melvin in June 2012. We were told one price on the phone, paid that price at the entrance, and when the tour was over Melvin asked for another $20/each! He and another employee were at the desk upon our arrival and we confirmed the price and NEITHER one of them mentioned anything about an additional charge until we were done with the tour and about to leave. I was also not impressed with the wildlife, half of the things we spotted I found before Melvin noticed. Would not recommend.

Visited June 2012
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