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Ecological Sanctuary

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Turnoff to Jardin Mariposas | off main road between Santa Elena and Monteverde, Santa Elena 60109, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5869
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A truly special place

We spent an amazing few days here -both staying in the sanctuary as air bnb guests, but also taking... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jtiff001
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Great Hike Away from the Crowds

I always try to support local enterprises when I travel and I was glad to have chosen this one... read more

Reviewed May 1, 2018
Tara M
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New Hampshire
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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 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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Turnoff to Jardin Mariposas | off main road between Santa Elena and Monteverde, Santa Elena 60109, Costa Rica
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+506 2645 5869
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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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

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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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Reviewed April 16, 2018

Loved walking through their trails, it changes in elevation so you can see different plants/ animals in different places. Ran into some monkeys that were not at all happy to see me, but was such a great place to spend time.More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2018

Hi Sara, Thank you very much for your comment, we are very happy that you have enjoyed our trails and nature, with the payment of your entrance you help us to conserve these 48 hectares of forest. PS: Monkeys are friendly with people, but sometimes...More

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Reviewed April 14, 2018

We have visiited "Santuario Ecologico" during our trip through Costa Rica and were suprised, how beautiful this place is! We joined a guided tour with Chris (a member of the owner familiy) and he explained us a lot about the property, Costa Rica and the...More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2018

Thank you very much for your comment, we are very happy that you enjoyed our activities. We are a family business and we try to share with our visitors a little bit of our culture and nature. With the payment of your entrance, you help...More

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Reviewed April 11, 2018 via mobile

We loved our time here hiking through the Sanctuary. It’s family owned and not as busy as other reserves. We spotted so many creatures and had the best time hiking through this magical forest. The family who owns it are very kind and knowledgeable. When...More

Thank Ashley R
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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

Hi Ashley, thank you very much for your comment. keep in mind, with the payment of your entrance fee you help us to protect and conserve this beautiful forest with all the animals within it. Best Regards, Familia Salazar

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Reviewed April 2, 2018

spent a lovely morning here birding. the gardens are a bit all over the place but it is a great place. lots of wood peckers and raptors. the walking paths are in good shape and getting about was easy. you need a couple of hours...More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

Thank you for your comment, with your entrance you help us to conserve and protect this forest.

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Reviewed February 2, 2018

Best attention from guides of all the parks and reserves that we have visited in Costa Rica and that is saying a lot because the others were also very good. Christopher loves nature and his work as shown by his knowledge and commitment to communicating...More

Thank James W
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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2018
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Hola James, Muchas gracias por su visita y comentario realmente nos motiva a seguir adelante. El aporte que se hace...More

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Reviewed January 26, 2018 via mobile

This private area is managed by a family that offers overnight accommodation on airbnb. This place is very far from town. The bathroom and toilets are confined in a very small room, which is very dirty. They also offer meals for $ 10 per person,...More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2018

$10 for a baked loin stuffed with vegetables and bacon, covered with tomato sauce and cheese, accompanied by rice, salad and a natural drink. You also served more because at the time you thought it was very good. We are very sorry for not having...More

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Reviewed January 17, 2018 via mobile

If you don’t have time or energy for a 3-hour tour through the Monteverde Cloud Forest - which is amazing & important to do your first visit - this is a superb alternative for subsequent visits at an attractive price. You can buy a field...More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2018
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Nos alegra mucho que hayan disfrutado del Santuario Ecológico, muchas gracias por recomendarnos. Nos encanta compartir con nuestros visitantes de...More

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Reviewed January 5, 2018

You need to walk this sanctuary it is must see not only for the animals but also the scenery’, it is peaceful and beautiful

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SantuarioEcologico, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2018

We are super that glad you enjoy our property, with your entry you help us to the maintenance and conservation of this forest. Regards, Familia Salazar

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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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