Ecological Sanctuary, Santa Elena

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  • Very helpful staff and could have had a guide but hadn't arranged in advance - probably worth having a guide as there's so much to see and learn about.  more »
  • Just 2 kilometers from the town. Offers variety of trails. You will see different type of forest than in cloud forest reserves. Banana and coffee mini plantations and a lot of birds. It was nice walki...  more »
  • This reserve is not fancy, it's a reserve; but there a several well marked trails which provide the opportunity to see great views and fantastic wildlife. Recently even ocelots have been seen there. S...  more »
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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.
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  • Very nice place to go for a walk
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