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Ecological Sanctuary

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Incredible coffee tour - best part of our trip!

We would strongly encourage all coffee lovers to do this tour with Christopher at the Ecological... read more

Reviewed December 17, 2018
findingnemo2018
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Excellent, authentic coffee tour

There are many coffee tours available in Costa Rica, but not too many feel authentic. We opted for... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Alicia H
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Our family wakes up early at the warmth of the wooden stove, we gather to plan the day around the flavor of handmade tortillas. We grew up at the shade of the great ficus and enjoys the songs of the free birds and the mischievous monkeys, cultivate...more
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Turnoff to Jardin Mariposas | off main road between Santa Elena and Monteverde, Santa Elena 60109, Costa Rica
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Reviewed December 17, 2018

We would strongly encourage all coffee lovers to do this tour with Christopher at the Ecological Sanctuary!! He does such an AMAZING job walking you through the history of coffee in Costa Rica and explaining his natural, organic process of creating coffee. His passion for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your comment and your support for our family business. Thanks to your visit we can continue conserving these 48 hectares of forest for our future generations. Familila Salazar

Reviewed December 11, 2018

There are many coffee tours available in Costa Rica, but not too many feel authentic. We opted for this coffee tour with Christopher because it seemed from the website that they really know coffee (and my husband is a bit of a coffee snob!) This...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2018

Thank you very much for your visit and your comment. Thanks to the payment of your entrance our family project can continue with these projects that help our economy and take care of the environment that surrounds us. Regrads, Familia Salazar

Reviewed October 23, 2018

Wow, what a magical place! Santuario Ecologico offers the perfect retreat, taking you away from busy everyday life and gently nudging you deep into nature. La Familia's passion for the environment and for growing delicious sustainable coffee plants is infused into everything they do. Christopher...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

Hello Hannah, We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay in our house and we appreciate your comments and suggestions. When you want to return, you are welcome. Thanks to your visit, you are helping to conserve these 48 hectares of forest! Regards, Familia...More

Reviewed October 7, 2018

Six months ago this morning, my wife and I were very fortunate to be walking the paths of the wondrous Santuario Ecologico. We were guided by Christopher, one of the brothers of the familia Salazar that stewards the beautiful sanctuary. Christopher informed us regarding the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2018

We are very pleased to read your comment. Ecological Sanctuary is the result of many years of work of our family. We are happy to share a little bit of what we are and what we do with our visitors. Thanks to your visit and...More

Reviewed September 27, 2018

We found the place easily on foot by following the road signs, and arrived to the sound of birds and a wild coatí playing outside. This is a neat project that not only provides hiking trails, but also works with community members doing clean up...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

Thank you very much for visiting our family project, the Ecological Sanctuary in Monteverde, we are very happy that you enjoyed the activities and nature that surrounds us. With the payment of your entrance you help to preserve these 48h of forest.

Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

During my time in Monteverde, I visited the sanctuary several times to walk the trails. The forest is great to wander through - during my visits, I saw a group of armadillos, capuchin monkeys, coatis, agutis, a tiger beetle, and various birds. The folks at...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2018

Thank you very much for visiting the Ecological Sanctuary and supporting the local economy, we are glad that you have enjoyed the experience of sharing with us. Greetings familia Salazar

Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

Amazing place to spend the morning and afternoon! There are a lot of cool spots to see on the property. My favourite place to visit was the waterfall! Also the wildlife is very diverse within the sanctuary. I saw coatis, armadillos, snakes, tiger beetles, birds,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2018

We are glad that you have enjoyed the tour through our trails, with the payment of your entrance you support the conservation of this forest. Thank you very much for visiting the Ecological Sanctuary and supporting the local economy. Greetings family Salazar

Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

We spent four nights at the sanctuary. The sanctuary has extensive and well groomed hiking trails with beautiful lookout points. During our stay, we took multiple hikes through the sanctuary at different times of day. I saw a family of coatis, multiple agoutis, hummingbirds, capuchin...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2018

We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. With the payment of your entrance you help us protect this forest.

Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

We spent an amazing few days here -both staying in the sanctuary as air bnb guests, but also taking advantage of the walking trails, night tours, and coffee available. We came away feeling that we had truly been somewhere special. Chris and his family are...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2018

Thank you very much for all your comments, we really appreciate. Were glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Regards, Familia Salazar

Reviewed May 1, 2018

I always try to support local enterprises when I travel and I was glad to have chosen this one. Meandering through 4 trail options that include ravines, coffee and banana plantations, and a neat resting area, it provides a diverse experience with a chance to...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2018

Thank you very much for your visit and for your comments, we are very happy that you have enjoyed the walk in to the trails. With the payment of your entrance fee you help us to mainten and protect these 48 hectares of forest. Im...More

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Response from MissDWilson | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. A word of advice, there are many companies that may provide that service but some may try to rip you off. Saying that I must tell you there are different ways to get up to Monteverde: 1. There are daily buses... More
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Monteverde transportation (7 Replies)
My wife and I hope to visit Monteverde in early April 2018, and we are considering lodging locations. We will not have a car. Can we arrange transportation while we are there from lodgings in the area to, for example, the Monteverde Reserve, the Ecological Sanctuary, Santa Elena, and the Monteverde Friends School? If so, I would be very grateful for any pertinent advice.
February 23, 2018|
Response frommlmdaisy|
Yes, it's very easy to get taxis. We always stay at Los Pinos and highly recommend it. You can do some walking, too, just not in the dark.