Hacienda y Refugio de Vida Silvestre Curu

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Place Category: AttractionsPlace Tags: flora and fauna, one day tour, Refuge, reserve, and wildlife

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  • For eco-tourists and animal lovers Refugio Silvestre Curú is one of the highlights of the Nicoya Peninsula.

    The Refugio Silvestre Curú is located in the southern region of the Nicoya Peninsula on the west coast of Costa Rica. In represents one of the few banks of protected flora and fauna in Nicoya Peninsula and was the first privately owned Wildlife Refuge created in Costa Rica. Because it is an area established in a very recent date, and because it is still privately owned, there are no official buildings or services for the visitors. The only facilities that exist on Curú and Quesera beach belong to the hacienda. To visit the refuge, the permission of the owners or MINAE is required. The Refugio Silvestre Curú was established with the purpose of conserving one of the last segments of forest with fauna that, with the exception of the Cabo Blanco Reserve and the Wessberg private reserve, exist at the extreme southeast from the Nicoya Peninsula. Based on a working farm, this small reserve has a variety of areas including the primary dry forest, mangroves and beautiful white sand beach where hawksbill and olive ridley turtle and ridley nest. The larger beach is excellent for swimming and also offers good possibilities for diving. Humpback whales are often seen in the sea near Bahía Ballena, with January being the best month, while mangroves extend along the small Curú River. The weather is hot and sunny in the morning, throughout the year. The afternoon rains are possibility between the months of May to November. Existing habits include semi-deciduous forests with an evergreen forest mix, low growth forests, near the beach, mangroves and riparian forest are cotton, silk, Panama and redwood. Despite its small size, it houses a great variety of birds and terrestrial and marine biodiversity. Guided tours are led by resident scientists in which you will be able to appreciate a great variety of mammals as well.

    For the nature lovers there is no better place to see the diversity of the western Costa Rican shores than the Refugio Silvestre Curú. 17 trails wind through the varied terrain, and visitors have a chance to get up close and personal with the flora & fauna.

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