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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
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Ecological Sanctuary Monteverde, we are a local family whose purpose is to...

Ecological Sanctuary Monteverde, we are a local family whose purpose is to conserve the forest and offer to our visitors an unforgettable opportunity to experience the magic of nature, walking through our different trails located in a transitional forest from the Cloud Forest to the Rainforest. Where you will be surprised with beautiful waterfalls, streams, coffee and banana plantation which harmonize with the rich biodiversity of the 48 hectare of protected area. This 75-acre private wildlife preserve has more than 150 species of birds and 4 walking trails for scenic strolls through lush surroundings, 2 waterfalls, a impressive biodiversity.Since its a biological passway it offers an excellent opportunity to the visitors to see a big quantity of mammal and bird species of the zone.Ask for our conservation program.

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Quiet and great wildlife spotting

Fantastic smaller reserve, which was a lot quieter than Monteverde. Loads of wildlife and decent length trails. A great place to wander and feel like no one else is around.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Katie B
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here on our last day in Monteverde and unlike our prior activities we did not have a guide (so we can't compare the abundance of wildlife as a guide makes a huge difference). We still really enjoyed hiking for 2-3 hours in a beautiful setting. Was great that it wasn't crowded (we did not run into anyone else),... More 

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Thank Jason R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to some trails and enjoyed the spectacular view of the canyon and the Pacific Ocean. It was breathtaking. I loved how easy it was to trek.

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Thank AriCoto
Houston, Texas
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here because it was already after 6pm when Monteverde national park closes. This place stays open until sunset, at least we were there until sunset! I can't remember the cost, but definitely over $10 and not more than $20. We weren't able to pay with a credit card because their machine was broken. Somehow we managed to find... More 

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Thank C0meTravel
Winchester
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We did a walk with a guide in the early evening as the sun set. We actually saw very little wildlife and without a guide we would have seen nothing at all.

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Thank Graham W
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

We went there today in the late morning. It was nice to walk around. The trails are comfortable to walk. And u can see 2 Waterfalls. Unfortunatly we don't see a lot of animals. Just a few butterflys. But all in all it was ok.

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1 Thank Claudia H
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We spent the entire day walking trails here, doing some, taking a break for lunch, and returning to finish the rest of them. I think we had the place to ourselves. Peaceful, nice views, lovely waterfalls, variety of wildlife, at a much more affordable price.

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Thank Sarah A
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We stumbled upon this place while exploring the town and ended up on a stunning hour and a half hike. We saw incredible vistas and crossed paths with a band of coatimundi.

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Thank Will B
Farnham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Fantastic smaller reserve, which was a lot quieter than Monteverde. Loads of wildlife and decent length trails. A great place to wander and feel like no one else is around.

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Thank Katie B
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile

We walked along the blue trail. There were a lot of animals visible from the trail, including toucans and a howler monkey. There was also a lot of interesting plant life and stunning views from the outlooks. Well worth the admission fee.

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Thank Vmacdougal
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We spent an afternoon walking the trails. The forest is not really cloud forest as its much lower and drier as such it has different plants. We saw a good range of birds and a few animals and the views from the view points were truly stunning. We had read somewhere that we could swim in the waterfalls but the... More 

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