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“Like Monteverde, but less people.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Curi Cancha Reserve

Curi Cancha Reserve
Ranked #1 of 56 things to do in Monteverde
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Eugene, Oregon
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Like Monteverde, but less people.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We went on a guided tour of Curi-Cancha with Adrian and it was one of the best tours we had during our whole month-long stay in Costa Rica. Because the reserve is less known than Monteverde, it is easier to spot wildlife since people don't scare it away. We were lucky enough to see a beautiful male quetzal perched on an avocado tree at the edge of a meadow. Adrian (our guide) said it was the first one the guides had seen in a month. Definitely bring a guide if you want to see anything in Curi-Cancha. The guides have a great system where if one guide finds anything cool, he signals the others by walkie-talkie so that everyone can see it. In addition to the quetzal, we saw a toucanette, a walking stick, parrots, a sloth, and hundreds of birds. Adrian also gave us tattoos using a native berry that used to be used for ink. Adrian was a GREAT guide. We had a blast.

Visited September 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“Great guided tour - saw a female quetzal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

A good, active hike through the cloud forest, which was a bird paradise. The guides communicate with each other to give each group the chane to see more spectaculr birds and animals.

Visited February 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“A tour through the forest with an experienced guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

We booked our through the Belmar Hotel. We were picked up at the hotel right on time and drive for 10 minuten to the entranche of the forest. Our guide was very experienced and spotted every bird. He also gave detailed guidance about the plants and trees during our trip. Unfortunately we did not spot any mamals (hardly surprising as most of these in the forest are nocturnal).
I definitely recommend this tour!

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Calgary, Canada
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176 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Bring a good guide!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

The Curi-Cancha Refugio is a truly unspoiled, uncrowded, and wonderful spot to visit. Both the day and night tours provided many of the highlights of my entire Costa Rica trip.

Visited January 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Very good guide!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This early morning tour was relaxed, personal and highly informative. Our guide was great. He was so personally interested that he made you interested.

Visited January 2013
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