Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo
The Montecristo reserve is part of a red of private reserves and they act as a buffer zone for the Indio-Maiz National Reserve. Sustainable management practices are applied in order to protect more than 200 acres of primary rain forest. The place has more than 6 acres of green areas with an Eco lodge, which is like a park, with more than 6 Km of jungle trails for hiking and horseback riding, is a wildlife refuge and a great place for birding.
It was created in 1999 by Alfonso Agustin Llanes for the purpose of protecting the rain forest of the San Juan River. In 15 year of preserving the area it is noticeable the difference with the neighboring pieces of land that had been converted to cattle ranch or into palm oil plantation, the idea is to preserve the rain forest in a sustainable way.
It has 1 Km of river front in one of the highest places of the river, it has a little hill that it is used for viewing around the canopy. It has a small plantation of cacao and lots of fruit trees and all king of flowers are planted in it pathways, is like a jungle natural park.
Flora and fauna
An Important bird area with more than 145 species of birds identified, water birds of all kind and the inland bird like Trogons, Cuckoos, Hummingbirds, Parrot and Toucan are common in the area. Most common mammal are river otter, Margey Leopardus, ocelots, jaguar, ant eater bear, tapir, raccoon , wild pig, fox, porcupine, rabbits, squirrel, monkeys (hauler, white face and spider). Mature rain forest with hundreds of tall trees with its own canopy environment. Almendros, Cedro Real, Cortez, Querossene and other hard wood abound. Orchid, helehcos, palms of different kind, fruit trees, plantain, cacao
Tropical rain forest is warm and humid most of the year, around the winter months it cools down with less rainfall.
If not a guest of the lodge you pay $15.00 for lunch and includes horseback riding, hiking, you can spend the morning or afternoon at the reserve, also for $5.00 extra you can use canoes or kayak around the island.
walking trails and horseback riding trail
Birds, wildlife, Nature, primary rain forest
canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, birding
On site, they offer all inclusive package for $75.00 per person per night you get room, all meals and refreshment, the use of horses, canoe or kayak, you can fish from the river bank and explore the rain forest, sight seen birds on the fruit plantations and in the jungle is another pleasant ativity you can get involve with..
Camping with your own gear is permited in some area closed to the river. $5.00
The on site Montecristo River Lodge
By boat coming from San Carlos or coming from El Castillo, boat should stop to pick you up if you signal then or call then ahead of time. They have a landing strip for helicopter in case of emergencies.