Ecological Sanctuary, Santa Elena

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Historic Walking Area Wildlife Area
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  • Close to nature. Fantastic views. Staff are lovely - it is their home. Younger generation have ambitious plans to develop this private reserve  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 3 nice and easy trails with two viewpoints and two waterfalls. We saw many butterflies and some mammals. The Santuario Ecol√≥gico 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 Ecol√≥gico. 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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