Curi Cancha Reserve

Curi Cancha Reserve, Monteverde: Hours, Address, Curi Cancha Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Curi Cancha Reserve
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Forests
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7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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.
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Tallahassee, FL1,073 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Curi- Cancha reserve is a very short drive from Santa Elena, 10 minutes at most. We were accompanied by our guide, Felix, (please see the image of his business card & give him a call. He’s terrific and you won’t regret it. ) who was chosen by Monteverde Lodge &Gardens, and he proved to be an excellent choice. He is personable and extremely knowledgeable, and one of the highlights of our Costa Rican trip was the time spent with him on the trails. We were picked up from our lodge and greeted by Felix and a driver. I don’t remember how much the entrance fees were because Felix handled that part of the visit as part of our private tour but I do remember that you must have your passport or license to present with your payment so make sure you bring ID. Book a private tour for the best experience. Visitation is limited so the trails aren’t crowded. We arrived at 7 and were able to walk for the first couple of hours without seeing many people at all. We did not see quetzals but also didn’t look for them as we had seen them previously in Panama and Costa Rica. We did see many beautiful colorful bird species to add to our bird list. Felix has a scope for viewing and will make sure you get some great pics. Make sure to bring your raincoat and have some long sleeves as you hit the trails in the morning. High winds were blowing during part of our visit. No insects bothered us here either. There is an area with some picnic tables and as a bonus, lots of birds flitting about in the nearby trees. Wonderful experience!
Written April 7, 2022
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Wellington, FL117 contributions
Mar 2021 • Friends
My sister and I have mobility issues but we love Costa Rica and it’s amazing nature . David provided us a wonderful tour in an electric Golfcart we were able to go on so many of the trails and we saw the elusive quetzal bird here ! In fact we saw one female and several males so beautiful 🤩 this place is un crowded and easily accessible I highly recommend you add this to your Monteverde area stops .waddle bill birds with their bell sounds really interesting....thank you David for a truly amazing day !
Written April 25, 2021
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Geoff B
5 contributions
Mar 2022
Booked thus trip through our hotel (monteverde country lodge) who recommended Curi Cancha above the other reserves in the area for ease of seeing wildlife. We were not disappointed. Our guide Victor was excellent and pictures raken through his telescope improved our memories of the location.

Great humming birds, common parquet, and great tinamou were particular favourites.
Written March 18, 2022
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Portland Oregon20 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
On this early morning tour, Cristian took a group of 7 on a 3 hour tour. He spotted a number of wild birds, including the quetzal, and thrilled us with making personalized slow motion videos of the exotic woodpeckers and hummingbirds we saw as well as telescopic images of all the birds to share with family and friends.
CuriCancha a bit more open and easier to see wildlife than in Monteverde Cloud Forest. Do both!
Written January 6, 2020
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Cory B
Puno, Peru7 contributions
Jul 2021
I was surprised at this place after seeing the glowing TA ratings. It's nice enough, but it's very obviously a previous coffee farm that the owners bought, and reworked into a nature reserve. It's very similar to the "nature hikes" that a lot of hotels have in the woods on their property. Some nice trails, some beautiful old trees, lots of birds chirping. Pleasant, but forgettable. It would have been nice to have some more educational exhibits, even about converting a farm into a reserve. As a single traveler, I was told I'd need to pay double to reserve a guide (instead of offering me to join another group?). One bonus, I didn't see a single other hiker while I was there, doing the whole loop took about 2-3 hours. If you go, definitely go to the very northern trails and down to the river, they were the most beautiful parts.
Written July 29, 2021
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Davis H
Seattle, WA21 contributions
Jun 2021
I would not really recommend Curi Cancha, at least not for birding. It's quite expensive to enter (US$20 per person) and you can see the same birds in free reserves nearby. I recommend the Crandell reserve, directly adjacent to Curi Cancha. I also found the COVID rules at Curi Cancha excessive.
Written June 11, 2021
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Fair Oaks, CA61 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
I had read about Curi Cancha and liked the fact that they limit the number of visitors to ensure that it never gets too crowded. It exceeded our expectations! There is a variety of habitats which means you see a very wide variety of birds (many more than in Monteverde Reserve, which, while it’s a beautiful cloud forest environment and definitely worth seeing, is very densely forested, which makes it hard to see wildlife). Our guide, David Madrigal Ramirez, went above and beyond to make sure that we saw lots of gorgeous birds, including male and female quetzals, Lesson’s motmots, many hummingbird species, owls, etc.) He was very enthusiastic about birds and sharing them with us, was a great teacher in terms of pointing out bird characteristics and behavior and encouraged us to linger as long as we wanted to observe. His English is also excellent. While the prices at Curi Cancha may be a little higher than some of the other places we visited in Costa Rica and guided tours we took, it was most definitely worth it to be in such beautiful habitat with limited visitors, and we really enjoyed having a private guide who could tailor our visit to our interests. We also liked the spirit of camaraderie between the guides. Highly recommend!!!
Written February 28, 2020
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Miami, FL255 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Doing a nighttime tour at the reserve was a great experience. Our guide was very informative and funny, which made the time fly by. We were able to see many animals and get great pictures through our tour guide’s telescope. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who has a free night and wants to learn more about the amazing wildlife.
Written March 4, 2022
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Overijse, Belgium310 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Why only 3 stars? Let us face it, 20 dollar (without a guide!) for a forest walk is a bit over the top. That is more than what we paid for the hanging bridges in Arenal (as seniors we pay 5 dollar less there) which is more interesting, needs maintenance for a complicated infrastructure, etc.
The only highlight was the place where the humjing birds are fed but you can get that for free in the colibri cafe at the entrance of the Monte Verde Reserve.
We went to Curi Cancha because it is less crowded. That part was true, but it is overpriced.
Be sure to have passport of all participants as they ask that for each individual. In all, reception at other reserves is quite a step higher in friendliness to tourists.
Written January 20, 2020
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Anna D
New York94 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Listen, you might be saying to yourself you don’t need a guide - price of admission to the park is enough for you already. I know, I was there too, but I decided with my husband to spring for the guided tour. After all, if you’ve come all the way to Costa Rica and its Cloud Forest are you really going to pay to wander around and miss half the good stuff?

We ended up lucking out and getting the very knowledgeable and talented guide Beto all to ourselves. Three hours of walking around and learning information on native plants, butterflies, birds, and mammals was truly a incredible experience. Plus, his wonderful scope which could be used to take photos with our phone! In addition, he had an app to show us photos and songs of birds we spotted as well as being very good at doing bird calls himself. He even showed us how to hold still enough to get hummingbirds to land on us! If that’s not worth the upgrade then I don’t know what could be.

All in all, don’t cheap out on this one. Treat yourself to a guide and ask for Beto!
Written February 1, 2020
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