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

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!


Daily 6am - 4.30pm

Entry is free to hotel guests.

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Fundamentally people enjoy experiencing the beauty of natural environments; in fact we are ALL nature.  We believe that people, if given the opportunity, will protect natural environments and engage in regenerative practices to support life on earth. As a tourist destination, Valle Escondido inspires visitors to remember we are nature.

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about Valle Escondido

50 meters south of the Monteverde Butterfly Garden

+506 2645 5156

+506 2645 6601

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