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Experience a truly memorable natural environment at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. The lush, protected, and diverse 5,000 ha (12,355 ac) contains a staggering 2.5% of the planet's biomass, with a considerable amount of life being endemic to the park. You have the opportunity to independently traverse 13 km (8 mi) of jungle trails, trying to spot any one of the 500 species of birdlife that live in the canopy. Alternatively, consider hiring a guide for an indispensable and enlightening lesson into the amazing ecology of the reserve. Be sure to try the restaurant and stop in the gift shop after exploring the natural wonder. Work out when and for how long to visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and other Monteverde attractions using our handy Monteverde travel planning site.
Tours To Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
11-Day Tour from San Jose: Monteverde Cloud Forest and Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Parks BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $1,693
Duration: 11 days
Walk in Monteverde Cloud Forest BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $97
Duration: 3 hours
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve Reviews
For quetzals, tough to see and only fleeting glances... there are much better places to see quetzals in Costa Rica (e.g, the Dota). Plus, often very cold and windy there, which makes the viewing less.... more »
We saw 3 quetzals (2 males and a female) literally within 5 minutes of entering the reserve with our guide Hector. He knew exactly where to go to find them. Incredible! He did say that we were... more »
This is a wonderful forest worth taking time to understand the wilderness. It’s a cloud forest, it was very exciting for us to see the cloud elevation below us. We found each host mature tree to have many ferns, orchids, and mosses. We did not see any mammals nor birds but that did not lessen the closeness with nature. Plan on going to the look-out-point later after the clouds have dispersed. The bridge has a limitation of 10 people. So be aware. Some paths could be slippery based on ground wetness. Plan on a good pair of shoes. There is a limitation on the number of tourists in the forest, maybe 250. Each tourist is provided with a wrist band that is scanned at entry and exit. Overall this is a very well managed reservation. It is an advertised fact that 100% of proceeds from ticket sales goes towards conservation, research and environmental education.
One of those once in a lifetime experiences! Anyone that loves animals, especially birds, and nature must go to Monteverde. A totally different microclimate from where we normally visit but that is not a bad thing. Our guide was incredible. I highly recommend taking in a guided tour. Unless you're familiar with the fauna and know what to look for it will be a nice walk through the trees and nothing else. We saw many birds that without the guide we'd have walked right past. Prepare to walk, but the hiking trails are well marked and easily manageable.
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