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“Well worth the ride up the hill!!!”

Curi Cancha Reserve
Ranked #1 of 65 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.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Well worth the ride up the hill!!!”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

I echo the reviews of the previous visitors. We visited Curi Cancha on March 24th, driving from Potrero - an adventure in and of itself. Our guide, Rafael Elizondo was knowledgeable and patient, answering the myriad of questions we posed and waiting while our littlest traveler needed attention. I'm beginning to think the Quetzal that we observed is a long tie resident of the reserve, based on the numerous observations listed by other visitors. Sure enough, Rafael found our feathered friend perched on a tree where no one but a trained watcher would have spotted him. Rafael took pictures for us through his telephoto and spent all the time we wanted to watch this magnificent bird. Also spotted a red deer, lots of monkeys a toucanette and agoutis. The reserve is quiet and a great place for a hike in the forest. The trails are easy and the flora and fauna offer a variety of experiences in a relatively small area. Rafael's vast knowledge added so much to our visit - from the explanation of the fig tree's life cycle to the discussion of the millipede's defenses (cyanide!), he made our cloud forest trip one to remember. Best advice for anyone visiting Curi Cancha is to have an experienced guide - it is just a walk in the woods without one.

Visited March 2014
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“When I say run, run”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

Our wonderful guide, Raphael, told us a story about moving quickly when he calls, if you want to see what is around. We learned when he told us to move, to do so. As a result we saw so much in the first half hour, he kiddingly said, OK tour is over. I was overwhelmed by his knowledge of the local flora and fauna.

There is excellent communication among the guides, so if something major is spotted they use their cell phones to pass on the info. The reserve seems to limit the number of visitors so that we were never on top of another group unless we were all trying to see the quetzals or at the hummingbird feeding area.

The reserve was recommended to us by our hotel and we were not disappointed. Rumor has it that the number of visitors at the Cloud Forest Reserve is driving the animals out... Curi Cancha is adjacent to the reserve and getting the departing animals. Take this as you will, we were pleased with what we saw, a feeling of being away from crowds and a great fun way to learn.

PS...your pass is good for the whole day, so if you want to continue after your tour or return later in the day you can. Don't try to do this on your own unless you were a safari guide in a former life and can catch all the rustles in the bushes.

Visited March 2014
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Brisbane
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“Saw a Respendent Quetzal!”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

We were there in the afternoon, around 4pm-ish. The guides had gone home but the ticket seller phoned one, and he told her where he had last seen Quetzals. She circled it on the map, we went there and by some miracle found one!

Visited August 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Excellent hike”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

We were put in a small group of only 5 people and shown a huge variety of animals, plants and insects. Our guide showed us spider monkeys (a rare find), a quetzal, a local deer, a tucannette and more species that I cannot remember the names of! We had gone to Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve the day before and had not seen nearly as much wildlife - probably because there were too many people at that reserve. Curi Cancha did not have nearly as many people in each group and as a result I think we all saw a lot more animals. I want to stress how essential it is to hire a guide - if you don't have one you will likely see hardly any wildlife at all.

Visited March 2014
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“Beautiful hike!”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

We hired Danilo Brenes to be our guide in this area and he did an amazing job! It's a gorgeous area to hike in and we were able to see quetzals, monkeys and a variety of other birds. Don't miss the opportunity to hike in this beautiful area and, most of all, don't hesitate to hire Danilo Brenes. It will enhance the experience immensely!

Visited March 2014
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