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“This place had a authentic feel”

Curu National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Nicoya
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Privately owned, this refuge has excellent birding and wildlife watching.
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We did a very nice walking tour. Very pretty and lots of wildlife. We also did a Tortuga Island boat tour, that is a must.

Thank David0427
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

First, things we loved! The beach, the calmness of the water, the uniqueness of the VERY simple cabin, the location of the cabin, right in the woods, the wildlife around the cabin.....
We ordered a pre-paid meal which a local woman cooked for $10 US each. After the trail we came back to the restaurant and ate it alone. It was very very tasty, and plentiful. A variety of food - well worth the $10 and more!

Thing we didn't like: the fact that everywhere on TA it said there were "easy" walks - we took what we thought was an "easy" trail? Los Monos? Not so much. Over an hour, over roots and tree trunks, just brutal. I was so done when I finished. The other negative is there really was no-one to tell us where to go and what to try, and hardly anyone spoke ANY English. I realize that this is a locally-run place, and I really tried to make myself understood with what I had learned of spanish, but really, some people had absolutely NO English. If they had some, then we never would've taken that trail!
Otherwise though, the people are super friendly, lots of monkeys around, deer, howlers and cappucin monkeys, raccoons! Fun, and we would come back for sure!

Thank suzieqGRENADA
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

In order to warn other tourists and perhaps save lives, please read the following if you planed to chose the long hiking trail in the park of 5km / 2h to Playa Quesera:

We visited the National Park Curu ("Refugio National de Vida Silvestre Curu") yesterday and were attacked by a crowd of cows (50 plus) in the park on the way back from playa Quesera to Curu beach.

There is a gate on the half of the trail and the cows lay in front of it. It was the only way to pass, so that we had to move very slowly in the direction of the cows. The trail is very narrow at this part and the gate is a real bottle-neck. While we moved to the gate, the crowd of cows started to run after us, so that we ran for our lives... We had been lucky because we are good conditioned runners, but it was very close. We do not want to think about, what could happen, if the same situation occurs with the crowd of cows infront of the gate and you have children or eldery people with you.

For example in Germany and Austria there are several such deadly accidents with crowds of cows reported.

We also informed the park about the accident and hope that this experience will be taken serious.

Of course the rest of the park with the animals and beaches is very nice and has nothing to do with our evaluation.

Thank 0815-Alexander
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is an amazing place where you are going to be surrounded completely by nature. The sea is pretty calm. If you like to go away from the city and be completely alone I would recommend you here. You need to take a stove, cooler, plates and all tools to survive otherwise buying food there is a little bit expensive. A lot of trails to walk for hours, recommended for forest bathing.

1  Thank Mauricio A
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

We would have loved to camp in Costa Rica, but it wasn't possible. Staying in one of the rustic cabins in Curu was the next best thing. Maybe even better. We loved being lulled to sleep by waves on the beach and woken up by howler monkeys. We loved the birds singing and iguanas and coatis hanging around the cabin. During the four nights we spent there we even got used to the pitch darkness and early nights and waking up with sunrise. The fans in the bedrooms came very handy, too. One of the main highlights was the beach though, we often had it all to ourselves (and it's a long beach)! The waves are tame so it was perfect for our kids. Definitely the place to stay in the nature and let be transformed by it.

2  Thank mary b
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