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Ecological Sanctuary

#12 of 18 things to do in Santa Elena Features Animals
Turnoff to Jardin Mariposas | off main road between Santa Elena and Monteverde, Santa Elena 60109, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5869
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Rustic trails and hammock gardens amidst permaculture projects

I loved these trails because they were rustic, meandering, and explored the banana and coffee... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Samantha L
A SAFE HAVEN for Wildlife!!!!

The Ecological Sanctuary is full of wildlife and is an oasis for so many creatures that need to... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Costa Rica
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Our family wakes up early at the warmth of the wooden stove, we gather to plan the day around the flavor of handmade tortillas. We grew up at the shade of the great ficus and enjoys the songs of the free birds and the mischievous monkeys, cultivate life and food to help us survive in an economy in which money has value, but we have the certain that it is not all !!! We are a local family and our job is to share the life philosophy that we got as a heritage, communion with the great diversity in which we have the opportunity of walking up, working on the conservation of the forest and offering visitors the unforgettable experience of nature image, walking through our different trails you will encounter a transition forest a bridge between The Cloud Forest and the Dry Forest; with an abundance of endemic and fruit bearing trees in the area that make it suitable birds watching, wildlife observation and wide array flora that characterizes the area. You will be surprised by two beautiful waterfalls, panoramic views, coffee and banana plantations grown in harmony with the rich biodiversity of 48 hectares of protected area. In our quest to conserve the forest we are part of the Biological Corridor Bellbird, planting and giving maintenance to about 1,000 trees per year, this association's project to reforest the corridor where they nest and eat these beautiful birds. Bellbird Association
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  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Turnoff to Jardin Mariposas | off main road between Santa Elena and Monteverde, Santa Elena 60109, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5869
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved these trails because they were rustic, meandering, and explored the banana and coffee plantations spread throughout the sanctuary. I spotted both Howler and Whiteface monkeys, and numerous interesting beetles on the trails - I was even graced by a colony of army ants,...More

Thank Samantha L
SantuarioEcologico, Director de Recepción at Ecological Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Samantha, thanks for your comment. We're glad you enjoy walking in to the Santuario Ecologico sharering with the nature and animals. With your visit you contribute to the conservation and maintenance of these 52 hectars of forest. Regards Familia Salazar Santuario Ecologico

Reviewed 10 July 2017

The Ecological Sanctuary is full of wildlife and is an oasis for so many creatures that need to flee from the crowded and quickly growing town of Santa Elena and Cerro Plano. This place is also one of the oldest protected areas on the Pacific...More

5  Thank MissDWilson
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Close to nature. Fantastic views. Staff are lovely - it is their home. Younger generation have ambitious plans to develop this private reserve

Thank laraBton
Reviewed 10 April 2017

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.

Thank katieQgils
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing find, great trails, lots of wildlife and a knowledgeable and friendly guide. We were greeted by a pack of capuchin monkeys right at reception. We did a two hour walk/hike through several of the trails with a guide. He was great trying to spot...More

Thank Michele M
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Well marked paths wind through the privately owned property. There were no other people around so we saw lots of birds and a group of playful coaties. Nice views from the lookouts.

1  Thank Avntheothers
Reviewed 13 January 2017

The place was good and scenic. The map they provided us was organized and helped us find our way around. The vistas we saw from the lookout points were beautiful. The rating is 4 instead of 5 because it was a little difficult to find...More

Thank soniafaruqi
Reviewed 4 January 2017

When you first arrive to Monteverde your first impresion is I want to see the cloud forest. So you are directed either by book or travel agent. Many people will either spend time at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve or at the Santa Elena Cloud...More

Thank Carlos M
Reviewed 23 December 2016

We took a guide for the day who recommended going here rather than the Monteverde Reserve and I'm so glad that we went with him and took his advice. We didn't see any other people in the 3 plus hours that we walked the trails...More

Thank Leza H
Reviewed 22 December 2016

We are staying nearby at Dreams Lodge so only had to walk a short to the private site. We took the 2 hr blue route option which runs along the outside of the park. We were given a laminated route map and were told that...More

Thank Bonnie S
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