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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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Birdwatching Curi Cancha Reserve with transport (Entrance fees NOT included)
Birdwatching Curi Cancha Reserve with transport (Entrance fees NOT included)
USD85.00 per adult
Traveller Favourite
Curi Cancha Birding Blast
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.
Caley_O, Apr. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Monteverde

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.
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!
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.
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!

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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