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Monteverde Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Santa Elena, 60109, Costa Rica
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+506 2645 6996
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Monteverde Wildlife Refuge is committed to the preservation of our...

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.

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The tour started off on a terrible note. They told us to be ready at our hotel lobby at 7:30pm for the 8:00pm tour. I even rushed my bf while he was changing into more comfortable... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
El V
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I spent two days here with a birding book and a pair of binoculars. It was rainy out both days, but we still saw tons of birds! I hope that everyone who visits is as lucky as we were with sightings. The highlight of the trip was the resplendent quetzel, emerald toucanet, and the slate throated red... More 

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Thank Aaron M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful guide (Jesus), and we saw a sloth, a armadillo, tarantula, green snake, sleeping toucan, honeybadger, and many more Note - our daughter who does not like bugs, was not a fan of the hike. Highly recommend, as a must do activity while in Monteverde.

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Thank Rodney T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour started off on a terrible note. They told us to be ready at our hotel lobby at 7:30pm for the 8:00pm tour. I even rushed my bf while he was changing into more comfortable clothes since he had been in shorts all day. I am making a point to not be late. We're Asians, and I hate to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked our trip trough Monteverde Lodge and Garden (probably a bit more expensive) and they picked us up and dropped us off at the hotel. It is a short drive from Santa Elena, and it was only the two of us plus the guide, so it made it more special. We saw two different type of mammals (do not... More 

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Amite, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

A night tour is the best way to see wildlife in the Monteverde area. We have taken this tour twice now and found it to be excellent. The area covered is small, but there are a lot of animals roaming and resting there. We saw a sloth that was actually moving (relatively) rapidly from tree to tree, a kinkajou, two... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We visited December 1 and had a really great time with Carlos, who showed us Emerald toucans sleeping in a tree, tarantula, sleeping eagle, and two toed sloth, as well as other interesting animals.

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Thank Monicamermaid
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to see the Kinkajou but that's not all. By night wildlife changes their behavior, so I would say it's a must go. We had the chance to see many Green Palm Pit Viper in hunting position, tarantula, Kinkajous, many bitds and insects.

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La Quinta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Very interesting walking tour of the Cloud Forest. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and was able to show us coatis, birds, lizards, insects and lots of specialized flora. Cool and misty, great, well maintained trails.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

A good walk through the jungle in the evening. Chris, our tour guide, did a great job pointing out different wildlife including snakes and a Pikachu. Was a great start down in Costa Rica

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We'd done a couple of day time nature walks elsewhere in Costa Rica but this was by a long way the best. It was actually much easier to see things at night as it's pitch black apart from where the guide shines his (powerful and focused) torch. We saw a variety of birds, insects and snakes - some very close... More 

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