This is another great spot for eco-tourists and animal lovers. Curú is part of the Tempisque Conservation Area, tropical dry forests on the southern Nicoya Peninsula, near Tambor.
Includes tropical dry and wet forests, mangrove swamps, marine zones, and farmland also hosts one of the most beautiful beaches and protected bays on the Nicoya Peninsula.
Privately owned and part of a large farm which combines sustainable agriculture and forest management with the protection of wildlife and nature. 75% of the property is declared protected forest, 20% are dedicated to low-impact agriculture and the rest 5% protected under the terms of a “wildlife reserve”.
Curú contains Costa Rica’s first private National Wildlife Refuge and is an example of a successful sustainable development program. It also connects to the Biological Corridor of the Nicoya Peninsula, and as such provides an important channel for migratory birds and other animals. Here you have easy access to seeing some of the most sought after species such as white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, scarlet macaws, white-tailed deer, collared peccary, coati, raccoons, coyotes, iguanas, and hundreds of species of tropical and migratory birds.
The Curu River winds its way through the park, fueling the complex mangrove ecosystem that borders its murky waters. The swampy river bank transitions into a combination of wet and dry tropical forest which is common in Nicoya’s south, further inland.
Artificial reefs have been built in the bay of Curú this has helped to increase numbers and diversity of maritime life at the coast.
If you are interested in eco-tourism we have the perfect combination of eco-friendly -ocean tour, our Guided Jungle Tour is great for scenic walk through the jungle of Curu Wildlife Refuge. Edwin the tour guide is a great biologist, he has so much knowledge to share, you would enjoy abundant wildlife while learning from all what Edwin has to share.
Curu is open from 7 AM to 3 PM. Entrance fee is $10 per person.