Trip Planner:   Central America  /  Costa Rica  /  Province of Puntarenas  /  Monteverde  /  Wildlife Areas  /  The Bat Jungle

The Bat Jungle, Monteverde

(550+ reviews on the web)
Wildlife Area
Learn about some of nature's most misunderstood creatures at The Bat Jungle. The animal research and observation facility seeks to dispel some of the common misconceptions regarding the winged beasts by teaching about the diversity of bat species, their habitats, their behavior, and the importance they have in many cultures. From behind a glass screen, watch 40 live bats of seven different species flying around a large enclosure, designed to look just like a cloud forest at nighttime. Listen to the ultrasonic echolocation calls and social calls of the bats as they fly around, with the usually undetectable sounds translated through a special receiver. Plan to visit The Bat Jungle and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Monteverde attractions using our Monteverde vacation planner.
Create a full Monteverde itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Monteverde

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Monteverde by other users

16 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA April, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 42 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SPAIN July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM MEXICO June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM FRANCE July, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Central America BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 25 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA September, culture, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This is a tiny place. We enjoyed our visit, you can see lots of bats behind the glass. There is basically one room and our visit was complete in 20 mins. You can learn a lot but not a day trip in itse...  more »
  • Very engaging presentation on bats by passionate Belgian biologist! I not only learned a great deal about bats (which was actually not difficult because I knew very little about) but Wim (Vino of the Ticos) also manages to something of that love for the not so attractive little animals. The Bat Jungle should not be missing in any tour of Costa Rica!
    View original
  • We were able to see a lot of wildlife in our 16-day vacation in Costa Rica but watching bats in action was something that we would not experience if it were not for the Bat Jungle. We enjoyed this 10 ...  more »
Google
  • Very informative... cool bats! Worth an hour of your time after your hike! Same building as the Argentinian restaurant. Belgian guide was very good...
  • Nice and expert guide told us many new things with passion for his beloved animals
  • Great tour. The guide was very passionate about bats and very knowledgeable. Best tour in Costa Rica. The kids loved it and now want to set up.a bathouse in our yard. And there is a nice restaurant with a great view in the same building.
  • A bit small, but very instructive presentation and very educational. They host a visit with guide to show you some bats in captivity whom have had their biological clocks reversed so you can observe their active behaviour during the day (but in a dark exhibition) , Very nicely done.
  • This place does not look like much from the road, in fact, my family and I only stopped because there was a chocolate shop that we wanted to visit. After purchasing our chocolates, I decided to poke my head into the entrance to the Bat exhibit. The man at the desk explained that self-guided tours were available for $5 and guided tours for $12. My family opted for the self guided tour. We were given flashlights, and led to a dark room, about 5 meters long, with a glass wall. On the other side of the wall were a few dozen bats, flying around a feeding. We spent maybe eight minutes in the room, and decided that the attraction had little more to offer us. We went to return the flashlights, at which point we began conversing with the man at the desk, Vino. Vino had a wealth of information about bats, and explained that he was actually a European zoologist. Vino gave us many facts about local bats, and invited us to take the guided tour if we wished to learn more. We decided to go ahead and do it! Vino gave us a discounted rate (we saved about $15) and we began the official tour. We spent about thirty minutes in the office, where he taught us about the worlds bat populations and the countless benefits each species offers. When it came time to go back into the "bat cave", Vino actually went inside with the bats and fed them. He then came back out with the group and explained, in detail, about the eating habits of the various species which were on display. After he was done talking, he went back to the office, but invited us to stay as long as we wanted. When we were satisfied with our experience, we returned the flashlight and thanked Vino for the great time. We are all so glad that we opted to take the guided tour. Vino was incredible informative and very friendly. I would highly recommend this attraction to anyone in the area, especially families with children. If you do plan on going to the Bat Jungle, definitely take the guided tour. The self guided tour is fun for a few minutes, but the guided tour offers about an hour of interactive and educational fun. Thank you Vino for such a great afternoon!