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.
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.
Daily 6am - 4.30pm
Entry is free to hotel guests.
"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."
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.