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The Bat Jungle, Monteverde

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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.
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  • A person gave a 45 talk on bats and the differences between them. Lots of interesting little known facts and why not to be afraid of them. The go into a room where they are behind glass and they think...  more »
  • We arrived 1 hour before closing time here. This was because that the owner has changed and the opening times on the website is not yet adjusted. As a result there was no leadership more for us and we could explore the panels themselves. As a result, we have received a reduced admission price. This was very informative. Then, you go into a dark room, equipped with a flashlight to the bats behind a screen to watch. Very interesting and instructive, because it has many false impressions about this species.
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  • What a wonderful labor of love! Be sure to take the tour, you'll miss so much without it and this is the kind of place you'll want to support. If a tour is not available while you're there, it's worth...  more »
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  • 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!

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