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Curi-Cancha Reserve
Curi-Cancha Reserve

Curi-Cancha Reserve

Puntarenas Province, Monteverde

The Basics

The reserve’s daily visitor limit makes advance booking essential. Opt for a guided tour in order to learn about the reserve’s natural history, biodiversity, and conservation efforts, and to increase your chances of spotting elusive wildlife. For a chance to see nocturnal wildlife and hear the evening chorus of frogs and insects, visit as part of a night tour. Birdwatchers can also join a guided birding walk.

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Hiking to Curi-Cancha Reserve
Hiking to Curi-Cancha Reserve
$23.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fun hike
Elberth was incredibly knowledgeable and informative. While the mosquitoes were insane due to the time of the year, we saw lots of different birds and other wildlife.
Robyn_S, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Monteverde

Curi Cancha Birding Blast
Caley_O, Apr 2022
Birdwatching Curi Cancha Reserve with transport (Entrance fees NOT included)
Had a great morning birding with Beto who really knows his stuff. We added so many birds to our life list! Many thanks to Beto who was knowledgeable, friendly and worked hard to find some really secretive birds we would not have otherwise seen.
Fantastic visit with helpful and knowledgeable guide.
Rebecca_S, Jul 2022
Guided Walk to the Curi Cancha Reserve
Rodiber was a great guide, very knowledgable and flexible as to what we wanted. He found us three quetzals, a bellbird and a MotMot, and told us some really interesting facts about ecology in Costa Rica and the history of quetzal feather headdresses! Curi Cancha was our favourite reserve at Monteverde, small and manageable but open enough to get great views and see the wildlife. We stayed In the reserve for quite a while afterwards to have lunch at watch the hummingbirds. highly recommend Rodiber as a guide; ask for him if you book. He didn’t manage to find us a Trogon but next time!!
Execellent 🦜
Lone_B, Feb 2022
Hiking to Curi-Cancha Reserve
Great tour, with a good guide.. We saw a lot of birds and annimals . Quiet and peacefull area. My reccomandation.
Pleasant birding experience.
GGFlaG, Mar 2020
Birdwatching Curi Cancha Reserve with transport (Entrance fees NOT included)
Very knowledgeable tour guide and great location. Large park so plan on touring park after bird watching.
Excellent Guide and Tour!
Alex_C, Dec 2021
Package | Monteverde Cloud Forest + Curi-Cancha Reserve + Night Hike (Private)
This tour was amazing! 10/10 would recommend. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and was able to spot two quetzals (sp?), some pigs, some long-snooted creatures, many different birds, a sloth, several vipers, two giant insects, intertwining paths of leaf-cutter ants, sting-less bees, giant trees, a spider monkey, and dozens of other animals. He also was very helpful with getting us good pictures of all the animals through his scope as he is also a very talented photographer. Overall the tour was engaging, well paced, and entertaining. If you're in Monteverde, do this tour and you will see all the cloud forest has to offer!
Beautiful birds!
Rochele_m, Feb 2020
Birdwatching Curi Cancha Reserve with transport (Entrance fees NOT included)
Excellent! While I’m not a birder , I wanted to see the Resplendent quetzal, so I booked this tour. Jason our guide was awesome! We saw so much, the Resplendent quetzal( actually several both male and female) , toucanets, keel billed toucan, 3 owls and so many other amazing birds. not to mention a tarantula. Jason was super knowledgeable, and so pleasant. He got excited when we got excited . You can tell he loves his job. this tour isn’t just for the hard core birders. Enjoy!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Curi-Cancha Reserve is a must-visit for birdwatchers and nature lovers.

  • This private reserve provides a less-crowded alternative to other nearby cloud forest reserves.

  • All tours of the reserve require advanced reservations—even self-guided walks.

  • Bring binoculars to help identify birds in the forest canopy.

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How to Get There

The Curi-Cancha Reserve is located in Montverde near the popular Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. You can reach Curi-Cancha by taking the main road toward Monteverde from Santa Elena, or simplify your trip by booking a tour that offers hotel pickup and drop-off.

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When to Get There

If you want to explore the reserve on a self-guided walk, visit between 7am and 3pm. Otherwise, birdwatching tours are every day at 6:30am, natural history tours are offered at 8am and 1pm. Night tours depart at 5:30pm.

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Birdwatching in Curi-Cancha Reserve

The biodiverse Curi-Cancha Reserve is home to around 200 different bird species, making it a top draw for birdwatchers. Birds include the resplendent quetzal, three-wattled bellbird, blue-crowned motmot, and orange-bellied trogon. To increase your chances of seeing these birds and other species throughout the park, book a tour and let a guide help you spot and identify the birds. Plus, keep track of the birds you spot on the reserve’s bird checklist.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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