Ecocentro Danaus, La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Tour the private bio-reserve of Ecocentro Danaus. Just outside La Fortuna, the eco-center is made up of 3 ha (7.4 acres) of Costa Rican rainforest. Choose from a couple of tours, including a night walking trip through the forest, or explore the reserve by yourself. The well-marked trails provide a great opportunity for birdwatching and spotting animals, as the forest is inhabited by three-toed sloths, coatis, and more than 150 avian species. Along the way you can enjoy the lush vegetation and colorful flowers, while after the tour you can visit the herbal garden, butterfly sanctuary, and the ranarium, which houses poison dart frogs. Add Ecocentro Danaus and other attractions to your La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary using our La Fortuna de San Carlos route maker tool .
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  • For $22 including guide one of the best tours in Costa Rica. Lots of animals and plants with great explanation. Walking distance, local bus about $1.  more »
  • This private sanctuary provides a leisurely way to see a lot of birds, butterflies, trees and plants. We were fortunate to also see a sloth on the way in and out.  more »
  • The very interesting night walk that permait to observe wildlife in its natural habitat, that it could not have been otherwise! We saw many different frogs, and the most surprising an Armadillo! The guide is super friendly and passionate!
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  • Not overly impressed with this place, it was a small area that if you walk normally you would finish within 20 minutes. We saw a few Birds, a lizard, some rats, and a sloth.. We did this without a guide and found that we saw the most animals and birds at the end when the workers fed some bananas on a feeding stand. The trail was pretty poorly maintained and marked. Overall I found this place a little expensive
  • This little forested area has an amazing amount of wildlife. Just waiting for the walking tour to start we saw dozens of birds, reptiles, and small mammals. The main attraction are the sloths, which can be difficult to spot up in the tree-tops, but the knowledgeable and patient guides have telescopes to help you get a better view. The tour can take a bit longer than expected (1 to 2 hours), so be sure that you're interested before starting.
  • We saw FIVE SLOTHS!!!!!!! And a lot of other cool birds and animals. This place is great and the people were really easy-going. A really nice place to spend a few hours looking for wildlife. Just bring a rain jacket in case it rains (not a lot of shelter) and snacks if you'll be hungry--there's no food on site.
  • The price is right and if you drive your own car even. Better the place isn't very well kept and you can catch the view of a sloth or crocodile if your lucky, they night walk might be better
  • Beautiful park, great, knowledgeable and very passionate about nature guide. If you go there do take a guided tour. Our guide was Elias. Very much recommended.

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Options consist of hotels, guesthouses, and backpacker hostels, most of which sit near the town's main road--Route 142--and the bus station. You can expect a swimming pool and complimentary breakfast at most mid-range accommodations there. If you're feeling more adventurous, choose to stay at one of the spas or eco-resorts at the foot of the volcano, where you'll also enjoy onsite access to natural hot springs.
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