The Bat jungle is a top wildlife attraction in Monteverde, Costa Rica. This quaint educational exhibit gives visitors a glimpse into the nocturnal world of bats. Tourist will leave this museum with a new found appreciation of these animals.
If traveling in this nature-lush region of Costa Rica, visit this ethical wildlife destination to support bat conservation.
The Importance of Bats
Bats are a vital player in our ecosystems around the world. There are over 1300 different species of these flying mammals. Some of the different types of bats include fruit eating bats, insect eating bats, and even carnivorous bats.
Bats are beneficial to humans for many reasons. They help stop the spread of diseases by consuming mass amount of insects, they pollinate plants, and they disperse seeds. People have also been using bat guano (feces) for decades for fertilization. For more information about bats, visit Bat Conservation International.
About The Bat Jungle
The Bat Jungle is easily accessible from anywhere in the Monteverde region. Travelers can get there by taxi, bus, or foot (we walked from our hotel). Signs placed throughout Monteverde pointing travelers in the right direction. If a tour package is desired for admission and transportation, the one below is a great option.
The tours of the Bat Jungle begin outside for an introduction of the facility. Soon after, visitors will move inside to learn more about bats, echolocation, and conservation efforts. The guide offers visitors an interactive experience to explain how much they eat. The tour concludes by moving into the indoor enclosure, which replicates a jungle, that houses around 100 bats. This part of the tour is very dark but the guide will assist visitors in locating the bats.
Guided tours, which are about 45 minutes long, are available daily from 9-5.
Admission cost is $13USD/adult and $11USD/child.
A few restaurants and “sodas” are within walking distance of the Bat Jungle.
Visitors are not inside the enclosure with the bats.