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“Danilo is the Best Guide!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Curi Cancha Reserve

Curi Cancha Reserve
Ranked #1 of 62 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.
Blairsville, GA
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Danilo is the Best Guide!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

Our family/group of eight had the most enjoyable tour with Danilo. He was fun and extremely informative. He seemed as excited to enjoy the forest as we were. We were not sure of our plans so we went early on a Saturday morning. They called Danilo in and within 15 minutes he arrived and catered the tour to our time limitations. It was a great experience and I would highly recommend a visit. Do not go without a guide though--we would have missed so much. Thanks for such a great day!

Visited June 2014
Thank Susan T
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Winchester, Virginia
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“Wonderful night tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

We recently did a night tour of the Curi Cancha cloud forest with Rafael and it was one of the highlights of our stay in Monteverde. We were the only ones in the reserve and Rafael was an extremely knowledgeable guide. We saw tarantulas, a sleeping quetzal, olingos, an armadillo, and even a hitchhiking frog! At one point, Rafael turned the flashlights off completely to help us truly experience the magic of the dark forest. It was a wonderful experience for every member of our family, including our 14 and 11 year old daughters! Highly recommended.

Visited June 2014
Thank Diane S
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New York City, New York
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“Great rainforest hike . . .”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had alot of fun here and definitely got our fill of rain forest exploration. It wasn't crowded at all and our small group only crossed 2 other groups the full 3-4 hours we were in the forest. Highly recommend. Just make sure you have a great guide - I assume that makes all the difference.

Visited June 2014
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Boca Raton, Florida
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32 reviews
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“Beautiful and less crowded than MCF”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

My family did a private tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest last year and it was great, but very crowded. We read good reviews about Curi Cancha and decided to give it a try - I'm very happy we did! We hired a private guide, Danilo, who was amaing! He was very knowledgeable, accommodating, and patient with our 6-year-old who asks a million questions. He ended up extending the length of the tour because we saw so many cool things. I would highly recommend Danilo and Curi Cancha!

Visited June 2014
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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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“This Should Be Your #1 Monteverde Wildlife Experience!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014

This beautiful reserve offers wonderful guides. Of the many 60+ things to do in Monteverde, we were on a strict budget and were more interested in seeing wildlife than paying through the nose for expensive 'thrill seeking' zip lines and bungies. We're from New Zealand and have enough of that there. We did a Night Tour elsewhere, but it didn't come close to Curi Cancha Reserve in the daytime.

Go with a guide, they live breath and feel the forest so can point out things you simply will not see.
We highly recommend Danilo, as our informative, fun and passionate guide, this place should be the #1 go to in Monteverde for those wildlife enthusiasts and bird watching fanatics. He could not only hear and mimic an unbelievable variety of bird calls.

We saw a large variety of hummingbirds in the garden, which was one of my most magical experiences to date. We saw a tarantula, a wide range of birds including two male black manakins singing (its rare to see two males together), a rare red deer, many agoutis (large rat animals).

Although not everyone is guaranteed to see a Toucan or the rare and wondrous Quetzal, we were most lucky to see the latter - one visitor said it was his 6th attempt in his five month stay in Costa Rica to see the beautiful, elusive bird.

This was by far the highlight as the two guides collaborated as to the location of the Quetzal. They were able to follow its call, track it as it moved up and down the cloud forest, and set up a telescope for up to ten visitors to see its beautiful plumage. The run through the forest for us was much more exhilirating than any zip line, and seeing the faces of both guides light up like children's in excitement, this was magical.

We were even able to film it through a telescope, as well as capture the manakins singing and many varieties of hummingbirds, which you can see on the link below in my vimeo page.


Many thanks and take home message - GO to Curi Cancha Reserve for wildlife, you will NOT regret it.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Ayla G
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