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Monteverde Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Santa Elena, 60109, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 2645 6996
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Spotted a kinkajou in the night tour

We did a night walk starting at ~ 18:00. The whole walk was a wonderful experience and we learned a lot of interesting facts about the different animals we saw and the forest... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2017
Raymond B
Baden, Switzerland
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Watford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went on this Night Walk, I had such an amazing time, saw lots of animals (tarantulas, vipers etc.) took lots of pictures. The tour guide was great, gave us torches and he was telling everything about the animals. Highly recommend it

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We went on a night hike that began at 6:00. We saw lots of animals including two pit vipers. Michael Leiton, our tour guide from Nature tracks, was amazing at spotting animals in the dark. Great adventure for the family at a decent price.

Thank Linda H
Toronto, Canada
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Our hotel recommended this night tour to my friend and I and it was very good! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We were able to see a lot of birds and creatures. We saw multiple sleeping birds, two snakes, a tarantula, ants, and a kinkajou.

Thank debw1306
Baden, Switzerland
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We did a night walk starting at ~ 18:00. The whole walk was a wonderful experience and we learned a lot of interesting facts about the different animals we saw and the forest itself. Our highlights: We spotted a Kinkajou, two (green?) vipers (a baby and an adult), a scorpion (in the waiting area next to the reception :) ),... More 

Thank Raymond B
Macomb, Illinois
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This was our first outdoor adventure on our trip, and it's a different experience from the daytime ones. Our guide was excellent and very sharp-eyed when it came to seeing the various forest creatures including some very tiny or hidden ones. Our group was small and the guide gave us as detailed an overview of the area's ecology as our... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Very pretty place to see many animals. Better with a guide or you will miss lots! A must see place if in the area.

Thank Janie T
Cuckfield, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I guess it is best to say that we had seen most of the creatures in question in daylight. However, we came here for a night-time experience. We saw only two reptiles. There seemed to be no interest looking for, or showing us, insects (which were numerous), except to torment a Tarantula by pushing a stick down its nest-hole. Too... More 

Thank randbk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Very nice to walk in. Luckily it was not too crowded when we went in. The hanging bridge was very nice. We saw decent amount of birds. But not as much as we saw in Curi Cancha.

Thank Nagender B
Queenstown, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 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 

Thank Aaron M
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 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.

Thank Rodney T

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