The Bat Jungle
Home to around 100 bats from 8 different native species, the enclosed Bat Jungle replicates the conditions of a cloud forest at night. While bats can be difficult to observe in the wild, this exhibit lets you see bats eating, interacting, and caring for their young. A tour gives visitors further insight into these mysterious nocturnal creatures.
As its conveniently located in the Monteverde area, you can combine the Bat Jungle with the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. A guided tour of the Bat Jungle typically explains the exhibits in more detail and allows you to enter the bat’s flight space, which you’re separated from by a glass screen. Plus, you’ll learn about the important role that bats play in Costa Rica’s ecosystems and experience how bats communicate using echolocation technology.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Bat Jungle is a must-visit for bat enthusiasts and biology buffs.
Glass separates you from the bats so you don’t come into direct contact with the creatures.
Designed by a renowned bat biologist, the Bat Jungle is educational and one-of-a-kind.
This is a great activity for the whole family; children under the age of six enter for free.
How to Get There
Located in Monteverde, the Bat Jungle is easy to reach on foot or by car from nearby Monteverde accommodations. If you’re visiting from Santa Elena, there are transfer services that can take you to the Bat Jungle. Alternatively, you can book a hassle-free tour that visits the Bat Jungle alongside other nearby attractions.
When to Get There
The Bat Jungle is open daily from 9am to 6pm, with 45-minute guided tours offered until 5pm. If you want to see the bats feeding on fruit, time your tour so that it ends just before the 11am or 3pm feeding times.
Top Natural Attractions Near the Bat Jungle
The Bat Jungle is conveniently located close to several top Monteverde attractions. You can pair a trip to the bat haven with hiking in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve or opt to spot tropical animals at the Curi Cancha Wildlife Refuge. Also close by are Monteverde Butterfly Gardens and Monteverde Orchid Garden.
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