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“Better for bird and wildlife watching than Monteverde” 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 43 things to do in Monteverde
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Davis, California
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“Better for bird and wildlife watching than Monteverde”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Curi Cancha has some open spaces, which makes bird and wildlife watching easier than Monteverde. there is also some nice primary forest there, with trails. Much less crowded than Monteverde park.

Visited July 2013
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“Melvin is the best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Our naturalist was Melvin, and let me tell you...you could tell his enthusiasm for the flora and fauna came straight from his heart. We were able to see several different birds, including close-ups of the bell-birds (they made a strange machine-like siren sound), the green-tailed lizard, a raccoon-like family, toucanettes, millipedes, and even a snake! We were surrounded by butterflies and hummingbirds at one point. The whole experience was breathtaking and one-of-a-kind. This wildlife refuge is definitely worth exploring with an experienced guide.

Visited June 2013
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“A great private reserve”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We're not great birders or nature lovers, so can't rate this on those criteria - but it is the most attractive reserve in Monteverde in my view, with great paths, marvellous view of the Continental Divide, and relatively few people. My wife also liked, along with Sta Elena (which she thinks much better than the over-visited & famous Mvde Cloud Forest Lodge). Curi-Cancha was a good find this year.

Visited July 2013
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florida
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“Beautiful forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We went on a private hike with a guide (Andres Alvarado of Forest Alive - outstanding guide - see separate review). The forest is beautiful - it is a "rain shadow forest," which is a slightly different ecosystem than the cloud forest. We saw lots of animals and birds, including 2 bell birds and tons of hummingbirds. There were no crowds so we felt like we had the forest to ourselves. We had a wonderful time!

Visited June 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Beautiful, scenic hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

My DH, 2 DD's and I hired a naturalist guide to take us around Monteverde. We'd been looking forward to visiting the Monteverde Reserve, but our guide recommended we go to Curi-Cancha instead. We weren't disappointed. The hike went through various plant zones and we saw wonderful bird life and even a Tayria!

Visited June 2013
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