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“Night Hike”

Monteverde Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #22 of 70 things to do in Monteverde
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Monteverde Wildlife Refuge is committed to the preservation of our native flora and fauna. It features animal views, guided family walks, and guided sunset nocturnal toursSit under a shady tree and watch Quetzals, Bell Birds, Umbrella Birds, Snakes and a variety of other birds in their natural habitat.Monteverde Wildlife Refuge is a private sanctuary, staffed by nature lovers and is the newest Wildlife Refuge in Monteverde Costa Rica.
Reviewed August 31, 2013

I liked that the company will send a van to pick you up from your hotel. Once there, we got seperated from another group of friends and were told that we could not wait to be in the same group. They moved pretty fast and wanted to get people out on the trails before the darkness set in. Our guide was friendly enough, but not very talkative. He did give little bits of information here and there about the animals we saw, but didn't really talk in between sightings. It was really neat walking in the jungle at night. The noises were incredible to listen to. I wasn't sure what to expect. We did end up seeing a couple of insects (walking sticks, sleeping butterfly, praying mantis, beetle), 2 vipers, 3 toucans, an oilbird, bats, a quetzal, an agouti and a kinkajou. I wish we would have seen more and spent more time learning about the wildlife. I liked that we had flashlights to guide our path as needed, but I would have liked to be able to use it to scan for animals on my own. Overall, it was an interesting walk and gave us a chance to be in the jungle at night. It was pretty tiring, especially after a busy day of running around and sight seeing. I would definitely recommend the earlier trip over the later one.

Thank Shyla M M
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Not very expensive; flashlights supplied and hot coffee; saw woolly possum, keel bill toucan, spot shoulder frog, tarantula in its nest, oil bird, numerous insects, bats, kinajou...and a bright green pit viper.
Not bad in the rain. A good experience. Recommended.

Thank DocMum
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Guide Enar was amazing as we walked through the refuge. He did not miss a thing. Ask him how he reads spiders' eyes. Wear a raincoat just in case. They supply the flashlights.

Thank Beatond
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Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

We had a guide called Oscar who was incredibly knowledgeable and good with the kids
We saw sloths, lots of insects and birds asleep, bats and a tarantula
He explained everything and checked each time we were happy to move on
We had a clear dry night but he said it makes no difference if it rains
There was coffee and biscuits whe you waited for the tour to start - very civilised and they did not rush you
We walked for 2 1/2 hours

Thank Jordanleeindia
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

When we did the night tour it was raining the whole time, which meant it was hard to find many animals. However, our guide Laura, who spoke perfect English, knew how to make our tour very interesting anyhow. We saw some insects that would normally not really interest us, but Laura was like a walking encyclopedia and told us things that made the tour still a great experience. We did see two sloths of which one had a baby. It did however sometimes feel like you were in someones backyard instead of the jungle, because there are many groups walking in a relatively small piece of jungle. On the other hand, when one group finds something big, you can be there quickly to see it, which makes finding animals easier. I would definitely recommend this tour with this organisation, since the guides were so knowledgable and you have a big chance of finding animals!

Thank Liesbeth12345
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