Curi Cancha Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve
4.5
07:00 - 15:00
Monday
07:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 15:00
Thursday
07:00 - 15:00
Friday
07:00 - 15:00
Saturday
07:00 - 15:00
Sunday
07:00 - 15:00
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Mainers-on-vacation
    Yarmouth, Maine70 contributions
    Nice visit to smaller reserve
    Reserve is smaller than other two in area but features nicely maintained trails and a diversity of flora and fauna. There is one large avocado tree that frequently serves as a perch for quetzals. We saw many hummingbirds clustered around some purple flowered bushes and spotted a Motmot right at the visitor’s center. In the canopy was a toucan. We didn’t see peccaries but could tell from the scent along the trail that they had recently passed through. We did not take the early morning bird tour nor the night walk but heard that both of those are also very good. At the turnoff for the reserve is the cheese factory that features a tasty ice cream shop and store for visitors.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 February 2023
  • Treacletart
    104 contributions
    Got to see the resplendent Quetzal
    Early morning birding tour and what birds we saw! Go early as by the time we were leaving (10am) the place was packed. But my husband checked off about 40 species of birds and was absolutely thrilled to see both the male and female Quetzals. Go with a guide, makes it so much easier. Highly recommend.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Maia
    6 contributions
    A birdwatcher's paradise!
    I went on an early morning birdwatching tour and it was worth every penny and then some! My tour guide was David Madrigal R and I couldn't recommend him enough. Thanks to his expertise we saw 52 different species, including a Northern Emerald Toucanet, and several types of hummingbird. He put up with all my questions and was extremely knowledgeable about everything avian and he also brought an extremely high quality scope through which we got excellent photos on our phones. There was a Resplendent Quetzal in the area that we couldn't quite see but he told us that it takes about twenty minutes for them to metabolize their food so she would most likely return to the avocado tree we were next to in if we could just be patient for a few more minutes. Like clockwork she appeared and we got excellent looks at one of the most beautiful birds I have ever seen! I would have walked right past if it weren't for David. The park was also a great alternative to the Cloud Forest as it wasn't nearly as busy, and my birding group was only five people which was just perfect.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 11 March 2023
  • familytravelers4
    8 contributions
    Great birding in Curi Concha with Three Brothers Guides
    We did a 7:30 AM tour of Curi Cancha with the Three Brothers Tour Guides. It is hands down the best place for birding and less crowded than Monteverde. Our guide, Elier was totally fantastic and I highly recommend Three Brothers. We saw 3 resplendent quetzals, male and female and Elier helped us get great photos through his telescope. We saw many birds on our list due to his sharp eyes and ears. We also learned about the plants and eco system as well as some of the history of the area and efforts to save the forests. Elier was patient, kind and wonderful person as well as a great tour guide. You can't go wrong with any of the Three Brothers guides - a family who grew up in the area and are university trained guides and naturalists.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 17 March 2023
  • Edyta H
    Lincoln, United Kingdom124 contributions
    Great place for bird lovers
    Me and husnand had a great morning birding tour with our guide Esteban, he is so passionate about the birds. He shared with us his knowledge and showed lots of birds including quetzals, hummingbirds, emerald toucanet, blue grey tanager and we saw tarantula and peccaries as well. Curi Cancha reserve is well maintained, with lots of paths and beautiful nature, staff at the reception very helpful. Reserve is not so crowded. Definetely we will go back one day.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 March 2023
  • Harold565
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom31 contributions
    Curi Cancha with Roy Porras
    My family and I (6 adults) had a wonderful time in Curi Cancha one sunny morning in March. The staff at Curi Cancha are very helpful and friendly. The landscape is varied but always attractive. Our guide, Roy Porras, was engaging, knowledgeable and charming. We would have missed so much without Roy's expert skills (and his great spotting scope!). I fully recommend Curi Cancha, particularly if you like birds, of which we saw many. But - unless you are already an experienced bird watcher - I also suggest you get a guide. Roy was humorous and friendly, a top professional who enhanced our wonder of the world around us.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 1 April 2023
  • Anne53
    Sacramento, California11 contributions
    Highlight of our trip
    We took a tour of this beautiful wildlife reserve spending about two hours with our guide Walter who was very knowledgeable and spoke impeccable English. Not only did we see numerous birds, we learned about the trees and fauna as well. Walter attached his phone to his telescope to take photos of the beautiful birds and emailed them to us listing each bird in the photo. This tour was the highlight of our two weeks in Costa Rica and if we were not leaving the area that day, we would have liked to spend more time as the reserve is large and we only scratched the surface. Would definitely go back again. Although you can visit the reserve on your own, having a tour guide like Walter is the only way to go.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 April 2023
  • SuperDave
    Brandon, Canada120 contributions
    Personalsed service
    Located 300 metres om a gravel road steep uphill from the paved highway, but the P&P Transportes shuttle driver refused - he kicked us out at the highway. Curi Cancha is a small-scale operation that provides personal attention but no onsite drink/food. Reservations required for guide service. Wide trails access various bio-sites for a variety of birds, a golf cart available at US$70@ day.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 April 2023
  • Jimmy R
    4 contributions
    Great spot for a night tour!
    We did a night tour with Pablo, and he was excellent! It was just the three of us in the reserve, and it was great feeling alone out in the heart of nature. He found us several creatures that we never would have been able to spot alone, including a pit viper and a scorpion he hunted down under a log so he could show us it's florescence under UV light. Would recommend the tour, and come with questions because he was clearly passionate and very knowledgeable about the local environment.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Heather H.
    36 contributions
    Great trails and hike
    Lovely reserve and hike. Really appreciated the wide trails and the ability to see birds/wildlife in both reforested and primary forest habitats. The hike up to the continental divide was shorter and easier than it is in some other regional areas and the view was great. Drive to the reserve and parking are both easy. We normally use a guide, but this was one place we felt comfortable hiking by ourselves (though the guides were available and are always excellent in Monteverde).
    Visited May 2023
    Written 13 May 2023
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MItravelwriter
Detroit, MI30 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
This wonderful private reserve is under the radar and not as crowded as the other parks. I highly suggest taking a natural history tour. Your guide will help you find wildlife and teach you so much about the jungle and its inhabitants. With our guide’s help, we saw spider monkeys, agouti, toucanettes, a hummingbird nest, a tarantula and microscopic orchids.
Written 16 February 2024
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Travelbugreviewer
new jersey74 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is my favorite reserve in the Monteverde area. Entrance is near Stella's Bakery. Lovely area to walk around. Very varied scenery in the reserve, forest, open fields, planted flower areas and woodland. The trails are well marked, some are flatter than others. Great place to see animals and birds. Early morning is great, but you see all sorts of things all day long. Love the tree tunnel and the flower gardens in the center were extremely pretty. Best if you go round with a guide as they have eagle eyes. (We went with Esteban on a previous trip and he was excellent and came highly recommended (10 / 10). There are toilets at the reserve, but no cafe, but you can leave the reserve and reenter on the same day. There are seats and tables for picnics. Opens at 7am and closes around 3pm. They'd just enlarged the parking lot in November. $40 for two.
Written 9 February 2024
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Greenlakereener
Vancouver, Canada642 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We were lucky enough to have Carlos as our guide and he really contributed to making our day here an amazing experience! He is so enthusiastic, is so determined to spot wildlife for you, he knows what to look for, and makes sure your walk through the forest is the best!

Even if you don’t spot much wildlife, it’s a beautiful place to walk. But we were incredibly lucky and we saw toucans, 3 peccaries, 15 coatis, hummingbirds, spider monkeys, a tarantula, motmots, crested guans, parrots and other colourful birds. It was a spectacular day!

If you are lucky enough to get Carlos as your guide, you’ll be guaranteed a wonderful experience! Wildlife viewing cannot be guaranteed, but the possibilities here are endless!
Written 8 February 2024
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Matthew A
Reading, PA111 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very nice trails and rainforest…close to Monteverde but apparently better bird viewing because there are open areas. We spent an entire day here from open to close and would’ve been happy spending 1-2 more days here. The birding was excellent! Beautiful place.
Written 23 January 2024
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Ann T
Wilmslow, UK65 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
I went on a three hour nature walk this morning. . David was an excellent guide and we were a small group of 6. He had a new telephoto lens on a tripod which allowed us to see the birds up close and take photos. We were lucky enough to see a hummingbird in her nest and a toucan. After a tour I walked further enjoying the forest and seeing 6 white nosed coatis. A very good experience in a very quiet reserve.
Written 16 January 2024
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MarkO
Naperville, IL40 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We took a 3-hour afternoon tour with Jorge through the Reserve. He was very helpful and knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. We saw everything from micro orchids to large trees to hummingbirds to an agouti to a motmot. We learned a lot about the reserve itself, and learned that next time, to see more wildlife when it's more active, we should plan a morning tour. Overall, this was a very enjoyable visit and we will likely return.
Written 28 December 2023
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bugdoc1
Cumberland, MD113 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We saw surprisingly few birds, although we had an excellent guide, Jorge Alpinzar. Enjoyed seeing the different parts of the preserve and cloud forest. Jorge told us a lot about the plants there as well as the habitat, and showed us tiny orchids.
Written 27 December 2023
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Daniela M
2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Smaller than other reserves in the area, well maintained paths, however not a lot of wildlife was seen on our visit. The day we went was quiet so nice not to be amongst the crowds
Written 22 December 2023
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Siyan L
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Dec 2023 • Family
We had a great night tour the night before. Today we did the natural history tour and honestly it was very underwhelming. I understand plants and insects are important to talk about but our guide Jorge spent 90% of the time talking about that, and showing us stuff in his guide book. He didn’t spot any of the animals we wanted to see, and was more concentrated on conversing with the tourists than actively looking for animals. 30 min was spent at the beginning just introducing ourselves and talking about butterflies. We saw the same snake as the night before. Then another guide spotted a toucan and so we were finally able to see something interesting.
Written 16 December 2023
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Asanoth
581 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
Very expensive for what it is. I spent 5 hours in the reserve in the morning. It is pretty much a common dry mid altitude forest. Setting is pretty bland, especially compared to cloud forest reserves, which are fairly unique, very pictoresque and atmospheric and about the same price (whilst still quite expensive). I dare to say wildlife and bird viewing is rather limited. I met guided groups excited about keel-billed toucans, coatis and agutis... But those animals are common nearly anywhere in Costa Rica and you really do not need to pay 20 USD to see them (that is if you look). I saw a handful of small and mid sized bird species and lucked out on a green toucanet. I think you get same or better birdwatching if you just walk around villages. Guided tours of 3,5 hours are about the same price as a full day trip to Corcovado NP including a boat transfer, lunch and all else in a top biodiversity destination, to put things in context.
At least the trails are well maintained and there are toilets in the reserve.

I also went for a night tour. The guide David (freelance) just kept talking and talking very loud (no chance for mammals) was not really looking around much and led us by the sites he knew animals reside in only. When he, rarely, was not talking, he pretty much ran afront, loosing track of his group and leaving people behind. Showed us photos of same or different (related) species than we saw and explained fairly basic stuff about them. First 30 minutes of the tour we spend on a katydid, a group of treehoppers and a caterpillar. Apart from this, we saw a scorpion, single frog species, a sleeping toucan and two spider species. Luckily another guide found a B. lateralis viper. I believe we could have seen a lot more if our guide actually walked slow, was not shouting and looked around (or at least gave us time to look around). But like this it was 9 mostly invertebrate species in 2 hours. I saw more in Agulitas in first ~15 minutes.
Now, I write this as a person who took, many, many night walks in tropical areas, guided or unguided: This one was simply (one of?) the least fullilling. By far the worst from 3 night hikes I took in Costa Rica. However, most of other people in the group, many of them first time spotlighting, liked the tour, but they were also surprised about scorpion's UV luminescence or asked if aguti is the one with the tail. Of course, people have various interest in or knowledge of nature, so I simply put this here for context to know if the tour is for you. It was not for me.
Written 12 December 2023
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Curi Cancha Reserve admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost €30.63, while a popular guided tour starts around €29.70 per person.



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