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“Great night hike, overrun front desk”

Monteverde Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #21 of 68 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 March 5, 2014

We had an excellent evening on the night hike and saw lots of animals. Our guide's English was excellent and he did a great job of sharing his enthusiasm for his work with us. Unfortunately, there was a big rush at the front desk as we arrived and only 1 person working to check everyone in, take payments, and answer multiple phones. It worked out ok, but a little more help at the front desk might be good in the future to make things go more smoothly.

Thank LovinLife1234
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

We took a tour from Central American Tours to Monteverde. It is a long 3-4 hour ride and is very bumpy on undeveloped roads. The bumpy ride is worth it but if you get car sick take medicine before going. Beatiful views of countryside and cloud forest. Saw jhummingbirds before beginning our walk in the cloud forest. Take a rain coat or jacket as it can be rainy and wet here. A one hour walk through forest over a series of hanging bridges was very cool. We saw wildlife such as howler monkeys. Our guide was informative and helpful. Afterwards we had a tour of butterfly garden which had a great collection of butterflies. Highly recommend tour even with bumpy ride.

Thank SharonB231
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

I'm so glad we made the effort to include this (Feb 8/14) in our visit of the area! Our guide through the reserve was very knowledgeable and respectful of the plants; mammals; insects and visitors! I learned a lot, and it is good to know such important work is being done there. Thank you for hosting us.

Thank Lynda M
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

We booked this tour before arriving in Santa Elena and had a quick early supper before being picked up at our hotel.
We saw more at night than a daytime trip to the cloud forest although not as clearly. We saw the two toes sloth that we missed in Manuel Antonio Park.

Thank Tim W
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

The night tour at the Monteverde Wildlife Refuge was the first thing I did in Monteverde. Literally, I went to this attraction within the hour of arriving in Santa Elena.

Our guide was quite knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in the area and did his best to find us some prime specimens - rather, I think most of the other guides relied quite a bit on his knowledge and frequently asked him for tips. Unfortunately, our group wasn't very lucky and only saw a few animals during our two-hour tour.

I also came here during high season and the number of visitors during our night tour group was enormous. The number of flashlights illuminating the refuge took away from any sense of isolated exploration, and probably scared away most of the animals into hiding.

1  Thank Stephanie T
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