Fodor's Expert Review Monteverde Ecological Sanctuary

Monteverde Cloud Forest and Santa Elena Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

This family-run, 52-acre wildlife refuge is laced with four trails and houses birds, sloths, agoutis, and coatimundis. They focus on small group tours, including a coffee tour, cooking classes, and day hikes, where you'll come upon two waterfalls and a coffee plantation. If you can't make it all the way up to the Monteverde Reserve for the day hike, there's a two-hour guided twilight walk that begins each evening at 5:30 and 7:30. Reservations are required.

Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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Turnoff to Jardín de Mariposas, off main road just south of Santa Elena
Monteverde, Puntarenas  60109, Costa Rica


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