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Ecological Sanctuary

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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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A must See

You need to walk this sanctuary it is must see not only for the animals but also the scenery’, it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
stewcam7
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Toronto, Canada
Not a sanctuary welcome..

We arrived on foot to the entrance of the Ecological Sanctuary and just before entering into the... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2017
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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 life and food to help us survive in an economy in which money has value, but we have the certain that it is not all !!! We are a local family and our job is to share the life philosophy that we got as a heritage, communion with the great diversity in which we have the opportunity of walking up, working on the conservation of the forest and offering visitors the unforgettable experience of nature image, walking through our different trails you will encounter a transition forest a bridge between The Cloud Forest and the Dry Forest; with an abundance of endemic and fruit bearing trees in the area that make it suitable birds watching, wildlife observation and wide array flora that characterizes the area. You will be surprised by two beautiful waterfalls, panoramic views, coffee and banana plantations grown in harmony with the rich biodiversity of 48 hectares of protected area. In our quest to conserve the forest we are part of the Biological Corridor Bellbird, planting and giving maintenance to about 1,000 trees per year, this association's project to reforest the corridor where they nest and eat these beautiful birds. Bellbird Association
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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 1 week ago

You need to walk this sanctuary it is must see not only for the animals but also the scenery’, it is peaceful and beautiful

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SantuarioEcologico, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are super that glad you enjoy our property, with your entry you help us to the maintenance and conservation of this forest. Regards, Familia Salazar

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Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

We arrived on foot to the entrance of the Ecological Sanctuary and just before entering into the reception we were distracted by a group of monkeys hanging on low tree branches. We stopped to watch them and from the reception a kid went out and...More

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SantuarioEcologico, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Thank you very much for your review we will take into account to improve. Ecological Sanctuary is a place open to the public, it is likely that the child you who saw at the entrance, was with one of our customers. We are very sorry...More

Reviewed 2 November 2017

Very helpful staff and could have had a guide but hadn't arranged in advance - probably worth having a guide as there's so much to see and learn about.

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SantuarioEcologico, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Hi, yes in deed having a guide will give you more chance to know about the area, history and spoting birds and animals, just call us a day before and will help you to organize it. thank you very much for your visit. Familia Salazar

Reviewed 1 November 2017

Just 2 kilometers from the town. Offers variety of trails. You will see different type of forest than in cloud forest reserves. Banana and coffee mini plantations and a lot of birds. It was nice walking, not exhausting.

Thank andreaslovakia2016
SantuarioEcologico, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Thank you very much for your comment, we are glad that you have enjoyed the paths. regards, Familia Salazar

Reviewed 7 September 2017

This reserve is not fancy, it's a reserve; but there a several well marked trails which provide the opportunity to see great views and fantastic wildlife. Recently even ocelots have been seen there. So many bird species that trying to list them is too big...More

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SantuarioEcologico, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2017

Thank you for coming to the Ecological Sanctuary, a small local family business. With the entrance you help us to maintain the trails and the reforestation program. Familia Salazar Santuario Ecológico

Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We were a family of 5 with grown-ups. The place was all for ourselves and we could walk in our own pace in quiet. Lots of animals to see such as capuchin and racoons. Was really great. Signs are very clear along the way with...More

1  Thank Dcodish
Reviewed 11 August 2017

I loved these trails because they were rustic, meandering, and explored the banana and coffee plantations spread throughout the sanctuary. I spotted both Howler and Whiteface monkeys, and numerous interesting beetles on the trails - I was even graced by a colony of army ants,...More

1  Thank Samantha L
SantuarioEcologico, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Hi Samantha, thanks for your comment. We're glad you enjoy walking in to the Santuario Ecologico sharering with the nature and animals. With your visit you contribute to the conservation and maintenance of these 52 hectars of forest. Regards Familia Salazar Santuario Ecologico

Reviewed 10 July 2017

The Ecological Sanctuary is full of wildlife and is an oasis for so many creatures that need to flee from the crowded and quickly growing town of Santa Elena and Cerro Plano. This place is also one of the oldest protected areas on the Pacific...More

6  Thank MissDWilson
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Close to nature. Fantastic views. Staff are lovely - it is their home. Younger generation have ambitious plans to develop this private reserve

1  Thank laraBton
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This was pretty good. A very pretty waterfall (but down many many stairs to the viewpoint). We had high hopes for seeing monkeys, etc but didn't. Did see several beautiful birds.

1  Thank katieQgils
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barbo2249
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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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