Monteverde Wildlife Refuge, Monteverde

3.5
#14 of 19 in Parks in Monteverde
Explore some of Costa Rica's most pristine cloud forest at Monteverde Wildlife Refuge. Birdwatchers head here to catch sight of plentiful exotic avian species including quetzal, bellbirds, and toucans. Other species such as olingos, raccoons, armadillos, and sloths also inhabit the area. At an elevation of 4,724 ft (1,440 m) above sea level, oxygen is more sparse; avoid overexertion and bring plenty of water. Buy a poncho from the gift shop to protect from the wetness of the forest. Using our online itinerary creator, Monteverde attractions like Monteverde Wildlife Refuge can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The weather was cool, wet and windy, and we were advised that conditions were not ideal for seeing wildlife on a night hike. Fortunately, the weather improved on our last day, and based on a first per...  more »
  • Really a great experience. We also had really good luck. Within few minutes all 3 sloths spotted and a dormant colibri. The Guide Oscar was great, thank you for this great experience!
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  • We did the night walk with Monteverde Wildlife Refuge. In general the tour was good, we saw many animals and our guide Javier was very friendly and explained a lot about the animals we saw. He’d deser...  more »

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Where to stay in Monteverde

Monteverde makes the most of its scenic natural surroundings, with an extensive choice of eco-accommodations offering an immersive natural experience. Most guests choose to stay outside of the town center to enjoy the rainforest surroundings in an eco-lodge or a family-owned ranch. Southeast, along the road to Monteverde Reserve, and north, near Don Juan Towns, you'll find some of the most popular areas to stay. If you do stay within the town center, you'll still enjoy easy access to the area's gardens and animal reserves.
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