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Address: Turnoff to Jardin Mariposas | off main road between Santa Elena and Monteverde, Santa Elena 60109, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2645 5869
6:30 am - 7:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Our family wakes up early at the warmth of the wooden stove, we gather to...

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 life and food to help us survive in an economy in which money has value, but we have the certain that it is not all !!!

We are a local family and our job is to share the life philosophy that we got as a heritage, communion with the great diversity in which we have the opportunity of walking up, working on the conservation of the forest and offering visitors the unforgettable experience of nature image, walking through our different trails you will encounter a transition forest a bridge between The Cloud Forest and the Dry Forest; with an abundance of endemic and fruit bearing trees in the area that make it suitable birds watching, wildlife observation and wide array flora that characterizes the area. You will be surprised by two beautiful waterfalls, panoramic views, coffee and banana plantations grown in harmony with the rich biodiversity of 48 hectares of protected area.

In our quest to conserve the forest we are part of the Biological Corridor Bellbird, planting and giving maintenance to about 1,000 trees per year, this association's project to reforest the corridor where they nest and eat these beautiful birds. Bellbird Association

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6/24 visit

We decided to take the less traveled path and chose this to hike by ourselves. We immediately saw a pack of coti's. We heard many birds but never saw them. We did see a large... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Stephanie F
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This park offers a number of different trails that lead to spectacular lookout points and beautiful waterfalls. In contrast to most other activities in Monteverde, very few tourists find their way here. While you have mass tourism in the other forest reserves, you can enjoy this one almost all by yourself. Still, it is very well kept and the trails... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So, I wish I had written about this when we went here in March, and not waited until now. We did the night tour with 3 other folks. I won't complain that we saw no wildlife (we didn't see any), as I know that can happen and it isn't the end of the world. But, our guide was bored from... More 

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this quiet private reserve. It was nice not to see anyone else the whole time we were walking! We did the longest trail and went to both waterfalls. It isn't easy walking - lots of hills and steps - but very enjoyable. Some really impressive view points as well. As the title suggests we saw so many... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to take the less traveled path and chose this to hike by ourselves. We immediately saw a pack of coti's. We heard many birds but never saw them. We did see a large group of toucans fly away as we were exiting the reserve. If you want less crowds and be one with nature this is your environment.

Thank Stephanie F
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

The friendly staff at the monteverde recommend this to us. The beauty of this place is it's off the beaten path and we almost had the place to ourselves. This meant we got to see a lot more of the wildlife. Beautifully cared for grounds. Lots of species of heleconias and bromeliads . Saw quite a few manakins and other... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

We went here as part of our tour for lunch. It is a family run place where we made our own Tortillas for our meal of chicken and rice, good fun. The family were very nice and made us feel welcome. After our meal we went on a forest tour, we didn't see much apart from some coatis in a... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

The sanctuary has some nice easy hiking trails with a tough climb down/up to the waterfalls. The blue trail follows the ridge line and has great views across the valley. Great bird watching as it is quieter than the the main forests. You won't see quetzals but there are heaps of other birds, butterflies and bugs to see.

Thank car0st
Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

We did a day walk and although I'm not usually interested in nature walks or botany of any sort I found this very educational. Frankly I was shocked to learn that this thick forrest was pastures at the time of my birth so I was amazed at how quickly a rain forrest can grow if left alone. Our guide showed... More 

Thank James C
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

Expensive night walk (over $68 for 3) . Gruff guide basically showed us trees in the dark. 2 sleeping birds and some insects. Not worth the money.

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

This is a family-run place. There are several trails here, and we took the longest (blue trail), which was about 2 hours at a leisurely pace (and included 2 waterfalls). We decided to do another trail there to look for toucans (the little green ones), which we did. We also saw a big group of coati, a couple agoutis, and... More 

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