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“Nice, more guaranteed way to see wildlife”
Review of Ecocentro Danaus

Ecocentro Danaus
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Small private Natural Reserve that takes care of a secundary forest in natural reneration. iT counts with a 600mts trail along the park. Around the facility you will find sloths (2 and 3 toes) a pretty big diversity of birds (Aprox.170spp)Butterfly garden, where you breed close to 20 different species. The frogs are very common, but mostly at night, in the day the msot active one is the blue jeans frog. It also has a small natural lake where Iguanas, Boat billed Herons and Caimans interact together. Besides wildlife, the Ecocentro Danaus supports the Maleku's Indigenous by providing a small facility where they can teach and exhibit their art ( Buying their art is optional )
Worcester, Massachusetts
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“Nice, more guaranteed way to see wildlife”
Reviewed March 27, 2011

So we came here after a rainy morning at the hanging bridges which was very scenic but didn't have a whole lot of wildlife, I assume due to weather. This was considerably smaller but it did give us the chance to see many butterflies and tiny frogs up close as well as several birds and sloths in the trees. They also have a new building dedicated to Maleku culture with masks for sale and a short (~5 min) presentation about their language and culture by a native who was able to arrange a trip for us to the reservation the next day. The center was about a $5 taxi ride from downtown in the opposite direction from the volcano lodges so might be a little hard to get to but we thought it was worth the short visit. As we were leaving several kids adopted trees so I assume the admission fees go to their conservation efforts.

Visited March 2011
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“Small but nice”
Reviewed March 15, 2011

This is indeed a very small circuit but worth your while. It was made from reclaimed farmland not very long ago, so this is not primary rain forest and resembles at places a garden.
We saw frogs, a sloth, some herons and butterflies. Frogs and butterflies are raised in an enclosed environment which makes it more than easy to spot them.
There was no one else there when we visited (which is a good thing). Be aware that mosquitos are abundant and aggressive so pack your repellent.
A bitter taste is left however due to the entry fee of 10 US$. In the october 2010 version of the Lonely Planet the fee was 7US$ still... Unfortunately, this kind of overcharging is characteristic for Costa Rica as it seems.

Visited March 2011
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“A great way to see lots of wildlife in a small area”
Reviewed February 26, 2011

We visited Ecocenter Danaus while staying in La Fortuna - we hadn't seen much wildlife yet in CR so we visited the Ecocenter in hopes of getting some great photos & we did! It's a very small place, you can walk around it in a half hour easily but if you take your time & get the help from one of the guides you can help you spot animals, birds, frogs, etc. in that time period. The Ecocenter is a natural rainforest - there are no enclosed/caged animals, it's just a rainforest with a trail in it so everything is wild (except for the butterfly garden where they grow butterflies). We got some amazing shots of frogs, sloths, and birds. They even have a pond that has caymans living in it. Overall, a really neat little place that will give you some great photo ops of beautiful, natural wildlife. Definitely worth checking out!

Visited January 2011
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