This high elevation rain forest offers miles of trails with excellent opportunities for bird watching.

 

Green, breezy and cool, Monteverde Cloudforest is one of the most exciting destinations in Costa Rica. Set on a high mountain ridge, its tiny village, Santa Elena, was founded in the 50´s by a small group of conservation-minded Quakers who were looking for a peaceful place to live. 

Its Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the most important wild life sanctuaries in the tropics, well known both among scientific researchers and eco travelers. It covers 26,000 acres with more than 2,000 species of plants, 400 species of birds, and 100 different species of mammals. 

Visitors can take daily guided tours through miles of well maintained trails with excellent opportunities for bird watching. The resplendent Quetzal is often sighted up here (mostly January to July). In the area you can watch the forest from a monkey’s eye view by sliding along the canopy or by taking a guided hike on tree top walkways. 

Local museums offer complete information and live samples of the region’s flora and fauna. You can groove to the nightlife at an exhibition of frogs, toads and other amphibians or experience a stunning night tour through the rainforest. The serpentario features 40 species of live reptiles and amphibians. 

The Santa Elena Reserve, located at a higher altitude, is home to quetzals, toucans, poison dart frogs, sloths, ocelots and howler monkeys. These forests are also world known for once being the habitat of the golden toad.

100% Adventure (ATV tour & horseback ride)
This exciting tour starts in our facilities located only 3 km away of the town of Santa Elena in Monteverde. Once you are equipped with helmets, rain coats, and safety equipment your guide will take you to t...
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$60
100% Adventure (canopy +ATV tour)
The day begins with the canopy tour located 3 kilometers away from the main town of Santa Elena in Monteverde.  After the safety chat and equipment instructions, you will climb  a spacious metal ladder, wh...
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$110
Bat Jungle Tour (Paseo de Stella)
Enjoy, and learn about the secret life of bats with guides trained by the renowned Dr. Richard Laval! The Bats' Jungle is the first of its kind in Latin America, and here the visitor will learn about their b...
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$46
Butterfly Farm
The tour includes a guided trip through four greenhouses which house the many species of butterflies, as well as a short lesson in the nature center which showcases a wide range of insects, and arachnids in ...
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$46
Calypso Catamaran Cruise to Tortuga Island
This tour begins at your hotel where you will be greeted by a bilingual guide and seated on an air-conditioned bus. The bus ride takes you to the pacific port of Puntarenas stopping along the way for Costa R...
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$145
Curicancha Wildlife Refuge Guided Walk
Curicancha is part of 210 acre private wildlife reserve in the very heart of Monteverde, covering both lower, and wet montane, and premontane wet virgin Cloud Forest.  You begin your walk with an expansive ...
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$59
Don Juan coffee tour, Chocolate Tour & Sugar Cane demostration
The tour begins with a brief insight into the wonderful world of coffee followed by the history of Costa Rican coffee, and its importance in its socio-economic development. Later on, we will cover other aspe...
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$35
Frog Pond Tour
This project is run by a group of biologists, naturalist guides, and conservationists, who have been interested in educating, and building a reflexive thinking about the importance of the amphibians.D...
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$46
Guided Sky Walk
Sky Walk is a guided tour, which combines trails, and suspension bridges with lengths of even 984 feet, and heights above the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest. The tour gives you the opportunity to enjoy th...
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$50
Horseback Ride Tour
Enjoy a wonderful horseback ride tour through different sceneries of Santa Elena area. You´ll pass through some secondary forest as well as open fields. Enjoy the beautiful mountain views, as well as the fr...
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$65
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Tour
This tour is a must for all visitors in Costa Rica! Founded in 1972, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is among the most famous reserves in the world for its biodiversity, conservation, contribu...
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$78
Monteverde Reserve Night Tour
Night Walks are an amazing nocturnal tour that begins just before sunset, and finishes at night. The visitor might see flying bats, insects, birds, and nocturnal mammals in the 1.8 km trail. This tour is di...
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$56
Orchid Garden Tour
This tour takes place in Santa Elena downtown. It is an investigation, and educational project to conserve orchids. This garden has a total of 450 species of orchids; each is identified with its scientific n...
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$46
Original Canopy Tour
The tour is located in a private reserve behind the Cloud Forest Lodge, and was created in 1994. It starts with a short, guided hike through the private 70-acre reserve of the Cloud Forest. The first part of...
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$45
Santa Elena Reserve Tour
This Reserve is located in the Cordillera de Tilarán, and was created in 1992. It is manage by the Administrative Board of the College of Santa Elena. Their invaluable contribution is that a percentage of t...
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$78
Selvatura Combo Tour
This guided Selvatura Treetop Walkways tour is a 1.9 mile (3 km) trail that crosses through the Cloud Forest, in which our visitors will walk through 8 different bridges from various lengths ranging between ...
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$94
Sky Trek & Sky Tram
Sky Tram is a guided tour, and you can have the opportunity of intermediate the ride with short stops to observe the Cloud Forest biodiversity, the Arenal, Tenorio, Miravalles and Orosi Volcanoes, the Nicoya...
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$90
Snake Tour
This guided tour is an appropriated place to learn about Costa Rica’s amphibians and reptiles. The facilities are ample and modern to offer a cozy, extensive atmosphere, and adapted temperature for the ani...
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$46
Sugar Mill Typical Tour
This is a project of a Costa Rican family, located 4 km away from Santa Elena town. Here the visitors will have a tour through the farm where different types of crops are cultivated, like: sugar, coffee, ban...
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$72
The Children’s Eternal Rainforest
The Children’s Eternal Rainforest is the largest private reserve in Costa Rica, with an area of 22,500 hectares of protected Tropical Forest in the Cordillera de Tilarán, northwestern region of Costa Ric...
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$72