Tours through the Curu Wildlife Reserve
Curu Wildlife Refuge was founded by Federico Schutt, a visionary who came to the area in 1933 to develop this beatiful piece of land with the idea of managing natural resources in a rational and controlled way, so it could become a self-sustainable area. Today, his sons continue the work, including Luis Schutt, one of the founders of Turismo Curu.
Curú currently has an area of 1500 hectares of which 85% is protected forest and wild life. The rest is use for cattle and agriculture in combination with wild life management.
Within the area you can see different types of habitats such as:
- dry forest
-and other large number of options for animals to feed and reproduce.
Tours on Horseback through the Curu Wildlife Refuge
Enjoy a horseback ride on the horse trails inside Curu. You will see a variety of wildlife, such as monkeys, white tailed deer, wild pigs and other wild life or species that will not be seen on the walking trails. Visit the lookout point (vista point) to observe the beautiful beach of Curu. Part of the route will show the pastures where cattle are raised. Learn about the different ecosystems that interact in the flat areas of Curu. Trees of the places keep secrets that will be described on the tour. The riding areas are flat and easily accessible and trained horses are used for tourists of all levels of expertise.
Within this package you can combine a ride through the plains of Curu an then a boat ride to the Islas Tortuga (Turtle Islands). There you can go snorkeling or just enjoy the coastal scenery and beauty of the islands
|Rates for horse tours|
|Per Person||$15 per hour|
|Minimum participants: 2 persons.
The Park entrance fee of $ 15 must additionally be paid at the Reserve's entrance.
Natural guided hikes inside Curú
Trail inside Curú.
Curú Wild Life Refuge is provided with various different trails so visitors can enjoy different ecosystems and a large number of animals. Among other things tourists can enjoy animals such as: the White-faced monkeys, Howler monkey, Cara Caras, White tail deer, aguti, cocodriles.
White face monkeys are easily observed around the administration area or on the trails, they form social groups of 25 individuals guided by Alpha male. Each troup patrol their territory in search for food base on insects and fruits.
Spider Monkeys are rare to see in the forest because they like the upper part of the trees, were they feel safe and and have access to the ripe fruits.
The trails are easy and without risk of getting lost, however if you hire a local guide, this will allow you to learn more about the history of Curú and understand the different ecosystems that interact in the area. Luis Schutt is a local guide, he is one of the owners and son of Federico Schutt, founder of Curu. Whith more than 10 years of experience guiding.
Birds are definitely a major attraction within the Curú Wild Life Refuge, where you can observe resident birds all year round, but during the dry seasonthis place is also visited by a large number of both terrestrial and aquatic migratory birds.
Depending on the month or the time of your visit, you will find different varieties of species. Among the most common are the Motmot, Trogons,Long-tailed Manakin, Crested Caracara, Herons, Magpies and many more.
The ghost crabs form a red carpet on the main beach in a great red spot, every time the tide goes down. In the inner part multicolor crabs abound during the rainy season and sleep in their holes during the dry season . The "Tajalin" crab is very common in the area of coconut plantations near the beach, within the mangroves the most common is the purple color.
The most common reptiles inside Curú are the "Garrobos" or gray iguana. The Basilisk or Jesus Christ, (for his ability to walk on water) are commonly sited near he river. Boas Constrictor were used by Don Federico inside his residence because they are the best control for rats, better and cheaper than a cat.
Trees are abundant and provide shelter and food for all species on the Refuge. Most prominent are the majestic Ceibo, which can grow to more than forty meters (120ft). Native fruit trees are also present and provide food and shelter for the species.
|NO GUIDE||HIKE WITH A LOCAL GUIDE
1 1/2 hours
1 1/2 hours
|-$0||$ 15 each person||$ 20 each person|
|Minimum participants: 2 persons.
The Park entrance fee of $ 15 must additionally be paid at the Reserve's entrance