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About the 

Preserve

Valle Escondido Preserve offers a completely unique experience of nature in the Monteverde area. Secluded on the edge of a pristine valley and yet at a walking distance from the town centre, the preserve trails pass streams, waterfalls and primary and secondary forest.  Many types of wildlife can be seen from the trails or spotted from one of the viewing platforms, which also provide amazing vistas of the gulf of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean.

Bordered by land in conservation, Valle Escondido is placed within a natural corridor which protects endangered species such as the margay, olingo, bellbird and quetzal. You can also find the agouti, kinkajou, armadillo, two toed sloth, white-faced monkey, grey Fox, prehensile-tailed porcupine, bats, and numerous reptiles as well as many species of insects and birds living amongst the tropical vegetation. 

We invite you to walk the trails of the preserve or relax on a bench or hammock to experience the unpaired peace and tranquility found in the preserve, natural gifts which set it apart from other highly visited parks. Daily admittance is limited in order to avoid overcrowding or disrupting the habitat and all infrastructure design has been done within the ethics and principals of permaculture. We have four key areas of permaculture design, check out the 
Hidden Valley Farm website for more details.

 

At Valle Escondido Preserve, our priority is the conservation of the natural habitat, an intention that led us to plant over 1500 endemic trees since 2015 and keeps us working on a number of sustainability projects that include reforestation, permaculture design and regenerative land stewardship efforts.

Visitors can explore the trails at their own leisure, or book a professionally guided BIRDWATCHING or WILDLIFE Tour. The daily NIGHT TOUR is also not to be missed!

We also have an open air cafe with spectacular views and delicious affordable snacks and meals in which you can relax and replenish after your hike or tour. Alternatively, order a custom-prepared picnic basket to take to one of our garden and picnic table areas. Check out Cafe Escondido here.

PRESERVE ENTRY

Daily 6am - 4.30pm

Entry is free to hotel guests.

OUR MISSION:

"Valle Escondido Preserve protects 40 acres of land in Monteverde offering inspiration, enjoyment and education to visitors coming to experience and learn about the rich biodiversity and ecology of this region of Costa Rica."

Trail Visitors
Trail Visitors
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
Vista al Golfo
The 'Grand Ficus' Tree
The '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
Valle Cascada Canyon

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.

Trial on western side of Preserve
Trial on western side of Preserve
Valle Cascada Platform
Valle Cascada Platform
Ithomia heraldica butterfly
Ithomia heraldica butterfly
Preserve Trail
Preserve Trail
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