Ecological Sanctuary, Santa Elena

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  • This is one of the oldest protected areas on the Pacific slope right next to Monteverde and right before the town of Santa Elena. This forest is full of wildlife and is an oasis for so many creatures ...  more »
  • This was pretty good. A very pretty waterfall (but down many many stairs to the viewpoint). We had high hopes for seeing monkeys, etc but didn't. Did see several beautiful birds.  more »
  • The park is beautiful, but the entrance was much too high. In addition, you are not allowed in and out in one day. We came in the morning and had to pay $15 per person for the entrance, in the evening, we wanted to walk with a guide do that was $27 per person! That evening walk fell also very against, little seen, tricky paths and a guide who barely spoke English.
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  • 3 nice and easy trails with two viewpoints and two waterfalls. We saw many butterflies and some mammals. The Santuario Ecológico is easily reached by foot from Santa Elena. Just go to the "Monteverde Lodge & Gardens", in front of the hotel on the left side starts a slightly hidden trail which leads directly to the entrance of Santuario Ecológico. See the picture below. You have to cross a tiny river walking this path. After the walk we received a free homemade lemonade with lemons grown by themselves.
  • Great place for a longer hike. Good nature and views. Not crowded! We came here on our last day in Monteverde and unlike our prior activities we did not have a guide (so we can't compare the abundance of wildlife as a guide makes a huge difference). We still really enjoyed hiking for 2-3 hours in a beautiful setting. Was great that it wasn't crowded (we did not run into anyone else), very peaceful. The family that owns and runs the reserve were helpful with directions and a drink at the end. Visited January 2016
  • Wonderful little reserve run by a very friendly family. We saw a pack of coatis, an armadillo and capuchin monkeys and some spectacular views. The sanctuary is easily reached by foot from Santa Elena if you take the semi-hidden trail that connects the sanctuary with the Monteverde Lodge resort above it. No more than a 10 minute walk from Centro Comercial.
  • incredibly beautiful
  • Very nice place to go for a walk
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