VALLE ESCONDIDO RESERVE

UNIQUE EXPERIENCE


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 WILDLIFE

Bird watching and other wildlife viewings can be enjoyed from the hiking trails or from any of the viewing platforms, which provide spectacular Pacific Ocean views all the way down to the Gulf of Nicoya. The Preserve protects endangered species such as the margay, olingo, bellbird, quetzal, and puma.

HIKE AND RECHARGE!

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.

PERFECT LOCATION

In addition, the Preserve is conveniently the most centrally located park in the area, within walking distance or a short drive from downtown Santa Elena.

Visitors can explore the trails at their own leisure, or book a professionally guided birdwatching or flora & fauna Tour. The daily night tour is also not to be missed!

PRESERVE ENTRY

Free for Hotel guests

 

Limited for 30 people maximum per day

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Nature Reserve Hiking Trails
Nature Reserve Hiking Trails
Hecale Longwing
Hecale Longwing

Found in a wide range of habitats. migrates from Pacific to Caribbean slopes. Adult will defend food plants from other butterflies.

Vista al Golfo, Monteverde
Vista al Golfo, Monteverde
'Grand Ficus' Tree
'Grand Ficus' Tree

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.

Emerald Toucanet
Emerald Toucanet

Nests in a tree cavity or hold carved by another bird. Eats fruit but also small animals, other birds' eggs and nestlings.

Valle Cascada Canyon, Monteverde
Valle Cascada Canyon, Monteverde

A five meter wide, thirty meter high walled canyon, bordering the edge of Valle Escondido Preserve property.

White Faced Capuchin
White Faced Capuchin

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.

Elephants Ear
Elephants Ear

From the Arum family Aracaea. Found throughout Central America and into South America. Some varieties are a food source due to edible roots.

Nature reserve, Monteverde
Nature reserve, Monteverde
The reserve's Valle Cascada Platform
The reserve's Valle Cascada Platform
Nature reserve Longwing Butterfly
Nature reserve Longwing Butterfly
Nature reserve hiking trails
Nature reserve hiking trails
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