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Review of Ecocentro Danaus

Ecocentro Danaus
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$65.00*
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Butterfly and Fauna Garden at Danaus Eco-Center
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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 )
Reviewed November 20, 2011

Have to say we were quite unimpressed. You go to the main lodge for directions and a map. We followed a path and saw an Agouti but no frogs. The butterfly area was average with about 10 varieties but not much activity in there. The Indian display was supposed to be a talk but it is just a sale of artifacts. I did not like the heat and the mosquitoes, which is what you get out doors and not their fault. I wish I had seen some birds or a frog and I might have gotten more excited.

Thank LaurieSusan
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

Being from Kansas, USA, I have never been to a rainforest before. The animals, the trails, the lake, all were SO interesting. The butterfly tent was amazing. I saw a sloth! I asked our guide (who, by the way, accompanied us on his own time-we didn't hire him...) how to tell a 3-toed from a 2-toed sloth. He said to count the toes!! Actually it was about 20 feet up in a tree and all we could see was its back. (The 2 kinds are different colors). He was very informative, funny, and personable. I would go back in heartbeat. It beats Paris, Madrid, New York, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and every other place I have been. You gotta go!

1  Thank connie g
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

We went to Ecocento Denaus on our way out of Arenal. We hadn't seen a great deal of wildlife and hoped to see some of the things that we missed before we left the rainforest. The price was very reasonable $10 US per person for a guided tour.

Myron was our guide - he was an educated biologist volunteering his time at this once farmland/now rehabilitated rainforest conservation area. He was a wealth of knowledge. He spent over an hour with us and was incredible with our kids. It was a very interactive experience. He taught us how/where to look for different kinds of frogs, how to pick out different bird sounds, and many other things.

This was the best bargain we found in Arenal. It feels like our money was well spent because it helps support a conservation project that has become home to many displaced rainforest animals. We saw sloths, a Jesus Christ lizard, a Caiman, a variety of birds (up close), monkeys, and a beautiful assortment of butterflies.

It's only about 10 minutes out of town and well worth the drive. Our kids are 11 and 14 and are still talking about it a month later. Thanks again Myron - it was a joy to spend the afternoon with you!

One word of caution - bring your bug spray. There are quite a few mosquitos ( they didn't bother us once we applied our spray, but it would have been unpleasant if we didn't have it handy).

1  Thank krmama
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Reviewed June 21, 2011

We were looking for a non-commercial nature attraction near La Fortuna/Arenal. Locals seemed to know about this attraction, but the tour companies seemed to ignore it. That was a good sign. We easily found it and ended up spending at least 4 hours: first on a guided tour (worth the money!), and then touring on our own. Our guide, the manager, and the Maleku native who visited with us were all wonderful. We couldn't have asked for a more personalized experience. The wildlife, the plants, the trails, all were excellent, and finding them was easy thanks to the guided tour that we started with.

2  Thank djbpdx
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Reviewed March 31, 2011

We loved this tour! We took the guided evening tours, which you need a reservation for. We contacted the center and they set us up with a private guide and transportation. Our guide, Mayron Ulate, was amazing at finding so many animals and bugs and identifying all of the different plants. He could answer any question about any living thing in the preserve and his English was perfect (he is bilingual). We highly recommend that you go with Mayron! He picked us up early at 5 so we could see the sloths "active" (for sloths) before they went to sleep at sundown and he found about 7 different sloths, including a baby! We loved learning about this rainforest oasis for wildlife set amdist farmland and we're glad that our tourist dollars went to supporting them. There are no fences or cages (except a butterfly tent) and animals keep showing up to this little forest. We saw sloths, all kinds of frogs, lizards, birds, many types of butterflies, and many types of interesting bugs, in addition to many interesting varities of trees, plants, and flowers. We did not spot the caiman (a small crocodile that lives there) or any snakes (which I was happy about). It was amazing how alive the rainforest was at night! We saw many more animals here than we did on the rest of our trip combined! This was one of our favorite activities during our whole trip!

1  Thank camelgirl78
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