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Ecological Sanctuary

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quiet and tranquil garden with lots of birds

spent a lovely morning here birding. the gardens are a bit all over the place but it is a great... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
alexandmaggie
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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
Lovely site to wander and learn!

During my time in Monteverde, I visited the sanctuary several times to walk the trails. The forest... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gwen B
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Our family wakes up early at the warmth of the wooden stove, we gather to plan the day around the flavor of handmade tortillas. We grew up at the shade of the great ficus and enjoys the songs of the free birds and the mischievous monkeys, cultivate...more
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Turnoff to Jardin Mariposas | off main road between Santa Elena and Monteverde, Santa Elena 60109, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

During my time in Monteverde, I visited the sanctuary several times to walk the trails. The forest is great to wander through - during my visits, I saw a group of armadillos, capuchin monkeys, coatis, agutis, a tiger beetle, and various birds. The folks at...More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for visiting the Ecological Sanctuary and supporting the local economy, we are glad that you have enjoyed the experience of sharing with us. Greetings familia Salazar

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place to spend the morning and afternoon! There are a lot of cool spots to see on the property. My favourite place to visit was the waterfall! Also the wildlife is very diverse within the sanctuary. I saw coatis, armadillos, snakes, tiger beetles, birds,...More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are glad that you have enjoyed the tour through our trails, with the payment of your entrance you support the conservation of this forest. Thank you very much for visiting the Ecological Sanctuary and supporting the local economy. Greetings family Salazar

Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

We spent four nights at the sanctuary. The sanctuary has extensive and well groomed hiking trails with beautiful lookout points. During our stay, we took multiple hikes through the sanctuary at different times of day. I saw a family of coatis, multiple agoutis, hummingbirds, capuchin...More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. With the payment of your entrance you help us protect this forest.

Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

We spent an amazing few days here -both staying in the sanctuary as air bnb guests, but also taking advantage of the walking trails, night tours, and coffee available. We came away feeling that we had truly been somewhere special. Chris and his family are...More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Thank you very much for all your comments, we really appreciate. Were glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Regards, Familia Salazar

Reviewed 1 May 2018

I always try to support local enterprises when I travel and I was glad to have chosen this one. Meandering through 4 trail options that include ravines, coffee and banana plantations, and a neat resting area, it provides a diverse experience with a chance to...More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

Thank you very much for your visit and for your comments, we are very happy that you have enjoyed the walk in to the trails. With the payment of your entrance fee you help us to mainten and protect these 48 hectares of forest. Im...More

Reviewed 16 April 2018

Loved walking through their trails, it changes in elevation so you can see different plants/ animals in different places. Ran into some monkeys that were not at all happy to see me, but was such a great place to spend time.More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Hi Sara, Thank you very much for your comment, we are very happy that you have enjoyed our trails and nature, with the payment of your entrance you help us to conserve these 48 hectares of forest. PS: Monkeys are friendly with people, but sometimes...More

Reviewed 15 April 2018

We have visiited "Santuario Ecologico" during our trip through Costa Rica and were suprised, how beautiful this place is! We joined a guided tour with Chris (a member of the owner familiy) and he explained us a lot about the property, Costa Rica and the...More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Thank you very much for your comment, we are very happy that you enjoyed our activities. We are a family business and we try to share with our visitors a little bit of our culture and nature. With the payment of your entrance, you help...More

Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

We loved our time here hiking through the Sanctuary. It’s family owned and not as busy as other reserves. We spotted so many creatures and had the best time hiking through this magical forest. The family who owns it are very kind and knowledgeable. When...More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Hi Ashley, thank you very much for your comment. keep in mind, with the payment of your entrance fee you help us to protect and conserve this beautiful forest with all the animals within it. Best Regards, Familia Salazar

Reviewed 3 April 2018

spent a lovely morning here birding. the gardens are a bit all over the place but it is a great place. lots of wood peckers and raptors. the walking paths are in good shape and getting about was easy. you need a couple of hours...More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Thank you for your comment, with your entrance you help us to conserve and protect this forest.

Reviewed 3 February 2018

Best attention from guides of all the parks and reserves that we have visited in Costa Rica and that is saying a lot because the others were also very good. Christopher loves nature and his work as shown by his knowledge and commitment to communicating...More

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Santuario M, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018
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Hola James, Muchas gracias por su visita y comentario realmente nos motiva a seguir adelante. El aporte que se hace...More

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Response from MissDWilson | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. A word of advice, there are many companies that may provide that service but some may try to rip you off. Saying that I must tell you there are different ways to get up to Monteverde: 1. There are daily buses... More
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