Curu National Wildlife Refuge, Nicoya

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Animal lovers and eco-tourists never want to leave Curu National Wildlife Refuge, which runs a sustainable development program to preserve the area's natural habitat. The reserve brims with wildlife, so while exploring the tropical jungle, look out for big cats, monkeys, turtles, raccoons, and some of 232 species of birds. You can choose from hiking trails, horseback riding tours, a restaurant, a souvenir shop and cabin rentals. Only visitors staying in the cabins may stay after 4:00 p.m. - all others must vacate the wildlife refuge. To visit Curu National Wildlife Refuge and other attractions in Nicoya, use our Nicoya trip itinerary maker .
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  • The guides exceeded their work. I did with a friend (and two guides) aquatic activity (bioluminescence), and during it, these constantly tried to separate us, embrace and extend us with comments such as "you look like a mermaid" "this afternoon that I have given is the best I've been in the" life""you're so beautiful"etc. included we kissed each other on the back. Not recommended to do the activity unless you go in a large group, or who want to flirt with the guides.
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  • We were three weeks in Costa Rica and have visited many national parks. The animals that we have seen only in Curu, include raccoons, Coatis, peccaries, and MOT-Mots. Also we saw howler - and capuchin monkeys, deer, various lizards, birds of prey, pelicans, butterflies including shady, countless colourful crabs, etc. The road to the Playa Quesera is relatively long, but results in a beautiful Palm Beach through beautiful and varied landscape. The food that you must pre-order, is delicious. The cabinas are spacious, alone in the jungle and located a few metres from the beach, but very primitive. The visit to the Park is absolutely recommended. If one places emphasis on a little comfort, we should consider to sleep outside. Then, you must but forgo the experience of the nights alone in the jungle.
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  • We had a bungalow for $30 per person per night, sounds expensive, but really worth. There are large bedroom, bathroom, terrace with seating areas and a private access to the beach. The jungle noises at night are amazing. The restaurant is a must. Each meal costs $10 and is absolutely filling and very tasty. Biggi, the chef, cooks with heart and soul. You are always asked the day before, or at the last meal what you would like next. Ask necessarily for chicken, I don't know what she's doing it, but we have leaked us all fingers afterwards. The tours at Juan are also really advisable. We have a bioluminescating tour to the island Quereza at sunset made a day trip to Tortuga and a private tour through the jungle. All tours were definitely worth your money. In the jungle Juan has told really much about the animals and the plants and their interaction, what you would have never thought. We recommend each of the Park definitely.
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