The night hike at Hidden Valley Reserve explores the added diversity of night life found in a unique transition zone combining cloud forest and lower elevation forest ecosystems. In this mid forest region, the reserve is able to maintain an orchard of fruit trees attracting a variety of exotic nocturnal animals including mammals, birds and insects. The trail is wide and easy to navigate.
Meeting at 5:00PM, in time to enjoy a beautiful sunset, your nationally certified naturalist guide will begin by showing you the areas where daytime animals are preparing for sleep. Once darkness falls, the forest comes alive with nocturnal creatures awakening to forage for food. This is the best time for observation as they start to emerge into the night canopy. Various animal species you might encounter include: snakes, sloths, coatimundis, tree frogs, bats, sleeping birds, amazing insects and especially spiders, including the Costa Rican Zebra tarantula. There are also interesting plants to see like phosphorescent fungi. Bring a flashlight and you might be the first to spot something spotting you!
Hidden Valley was the first to offer night hikes and other ecotourism projects in the area. With a passion for preservation, this 27 acre reserve was founded in 1979 to promote protection of the environment through education. You will want to bring a jacket as it can get quite chilly at night and wear closed toed shoes for protection. This two hour night hike adventure includes round trip transportation from your lodging in Monteverde, bilingual professional guide, and park entrance.