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Golfito National Wildlife Refuge

#4 of 10 things to do in Golfito Features Animals
Golfito, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica
+506 8665 5705
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Not so much

This is not ready for prime time. It appeared that the trails were cleared a day or two before... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
Prescott, Arizona
Enjoyed the hike

One hike was very easy. Saw spider monkeys but not anything else. Surprised there weren't more... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2017
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
24 Jan 2017
“Enjoyed the hike”
28 Sep 2016
“This site is NOT Osa Wildlife Sanctuary.”
Golfito, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica
+506 8665 5705
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

This is not ready for prime time. It appeared that the trails were cleared a day or two before. No animals, no birds and very hot and humid. I think it has some promise, but not yet. Not even hummingbirds.

Thank lovetohike1111
Reviewed 25 January 2017

One hike was very easy. Saw spider monkeys but not anything else. Surprised there weren't more birds. 2nd hike was to a waterfall and it was challenging, having to cross small fast moving streams. One person in our group fell in the water and another...More

Thank C W B
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Beautiful from the air. The Golfo is clear and beautiful, one of only three tropical fjords in the world, with Corcovado National Park on one side and Piedras Blancas on the other. Both are spectacular parks, well protected and full of wild life.

1  Thank boblittlerhinostudio
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Some reviews for this place are mixed up for Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. Golfito Wildlife Refuge is a protected area managed by SINAC- MINAE. I recommend this place for birdwatchers and travelers wanting an easy hike in secondary and primary rainforest. Trails are well maintained and...More

2  Thank Alejandra R
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Be ready to walk several miles. But wildlife is super. Dress cool. Shorts + light shirt. Bring the camera. Hiking shoes best, not flip-flops.

Thank Bill S
Reviewed 13 March 2016

One of the prettiest places I have been in my entire life. I would honestly have my ashes spread here after death if that was an option-- it leaves THAT kind of impression on you. What more can you say?

Thank Myke C
Reviewed 6 March 2016

Golfito itself is a very small town and a walk reveals a good internet cafe and a rusting steam loco as the main highlights. Tours start from the harbour where the cruise ship docks and the trip to the National Wildlife Refuge commences on a...More

Thank barry m
Reviewed 5 March 2016

There were two parts to our walk with our guide one to a waterfall and a shorter circular walk. It was a hot day but it was good to be mainly under the tree canopy. We saw a variety of wildlife and heard lots more!...More

1  Thank PhilipLeic
Reviewed 3 February 2016

Beautiful location. Lots of wildlife. Very passionate about their animals and the proper care for them. Very neat to be able to get close to the animals. Make sure to bring a camera!!

Thank Casey H
Reviewed 13 January 2016

We had a great time and it was peacefull. WE didn't take any tip. The weather was a little nasty. The beach was nice and windy

Thank sueanncanny
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How did you book your shore excursion, thru the cruise ship or another way? If another way, what is the name of the company and a web site or phone number to contact them. Thanx
27 September 2016|
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Hi Casey! We'll be arriving by cruise ship on Dec. 1. I'm interested in a small group tour with you. I can probably get a few more people to join us. We'd like an easy hike and want to see as many animals as possible. Please let me know what options we have.
25 August 2016|
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Mary C
How do we get here by public transport please as we don't want to use a cruise excursion. Also what is the best time to arrive? Thank you
10 November 2015|
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