VALLE ESCONDIDO PRESERVE
A uniquely different experience from other nature reserves in the area, Valle Escondido Preserve sits secluded on the edge of a pristine valley within a protected wildlife corridor that includes virgin forest, rivers and waterfalls.
Bird watching and other wildlife viewing can be enjoyed from the hiking trails or from any of the viewing platforms, which provide spectacular Pacific slope vistas all the way down to the Gulf of Nicoya. The Preserve protects endangered species such as the margay, olingo, bellbird, and quetzal.
After hiking the trails, wildlife viewing and gazing out at dreamy vistas, visitors can then enjoy a rest or a picnic in our secluded hammock garden.
In addition, the Preserve is conveniently the most centrally located park in the area, within walking distance or a short drive from down town Santa Elena. Take a look at our Preserve website here.
Daily 6am - 4.30pm
Entry is free to hotel guests.
Found in a wide range of habitats. migrates from Pacific to Caribbean slopes. Adult will defend food plants from other butterflies.
450 years plus old. Known as a strangler ficus (Higueron) as it starts out as an epiphyte at the top of another tree, eventually surrounding the tree which decays, leaving a hollow space through the centre.
Nests in a tree cavity or hold carved by another bird. Eats fruit but also small animals, other birds' eggs and nestlings.
A five meter wide, thirty meter high walled canyon, bordering the edge of Valle Escondido Preserve property.
The only primate in Costa Rica that sometimes forages on the ground. Eats fruit, bugs, flowers, insects, small vertebrates and bird eggs. Lives in groups of five to thirty. They use tools and have been seen to kill snakes with sticks. Collect medicinal plants to rub on their fur as repellent, antiseptic and fungicide.
From the Arum family Aracaea. Found throughout Central America and into South America. Some varieties are a food source due to edible roots.