Monteverde Costa Rica
There are only few places in the world where cloud forests exist and only few are as easily accessible as Monteverde where you can explore the nature on hiking trails in different nature reserves.
Tours and Activities
Monteverde is a paradise for any outdoor enthusiast, nature lover, bird watcher, adventurer and adrenalin junkie. Besides hiking the cloud forest reserves, there is a panoply of other activities, from nature or cultural tours to zip-lining, hanging bridges or horseback riding. You also find various exhibitions and small zoos with snakes, frogs, insects, bats or butterflies.
Right next to our hotel is the Monteverde Orchid Garden, a collection of 450 orchid species.
Below are some recommended activities. For more information please talk with our staff. We can arrange any of these or other tours and activities for you.
Guided Nature Tours
We can organize morning hikes in the company of our naturalist guide. Visiting the reserve with an accredited guide transforms a walk through pretty forest into an amazing look at the life of the cloud forest and a great learning experience.
In the Monteverde Reserve
Considered as the most well known cloud forest in the world for its wide variety of biodiversity, important conservation contributions and scientific researches. 13 km of well-maintained trails lead through the dripping forests. Entrance fee is $25 per person adults and $12 per person students, guided tour has an additional charge of $20 per person. Tours at 7:30 am and 1 pm.
In the Santa Elena Reserve
Located in the Caribbean part of the continental division, at an average height of 1600 meters above sea level, this Reserve is bathed by the northern trade winds creating a cloud system that lasts almost all year. Entrance fee is $16 per person adults and $10 per person students, guided tour has an additional charge of $17 per person. Tours at 7:30 am, 9:15 am and 11:30 am.
In the Curi-Cancha Reserve
Curi-Cancha is a birdwatcher’s paradise (see Birds in Monteverde) At an altitude between 1450 – 1615 meters this lovely private reserve protects 83 hectares of virgin and secondary growth forest. On 10 km of well maintained trails through the cloud forest you can often see the Resplendent Quetzal, Three-Wattled Bellbird, Blue-Crowned Motmot, Orange-bellied Trogon, and many others. Frequently sighted mammals include armadillo, coati, agouti, kinkajou, ocelot, two-toed sloth, and three species of monkey: mantled howler, white-faced capuchin, and spider monkey.
Visitors are welcome to browse the trails by themselves or take a guide to enhance the experience. Entrance fee is $20 per person adults and $12 per person for students, guided tour has an additional charge of $25 per person. Tours at 8:00 am and 1:00 pm.
Selvatura is located about 4 miles from the town of Santa Elena on the road to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Preserve. It also offers a hummingbird garden, a butterfly garden, and exhibitions of insects, amphibians and reptiles.
Prices include free roundtrip transportation from/to your hotel. Pick-up times at 8 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 am, 2 pm.
Stroll through the cloud forest canopy on eight suspended bridges (self-guided). Breathtaking views into the cloud forest. Open daily 7.30 am. to 5 pm. Rates are US$ 39 for adults, US$ 33 for students and US$ 27.50 for children under 12 years.
With 13 cables and Tarzan Swing Rope it is the largest canopy tour in the region. The longest cables measure 240 m and 320 m.
Rate are US$ 55 adults, US$ 49.50 for students, and children US$ 38.50.
Selvatura Package # 1
Combination of walkways and canopy tour. Rate is US$ 89 for adults, US$ 77.50 for students, US$ 61 for children.
Selvatura Package # 5
Combination of walkways, butterfly garden and hummingbird garden. Rate is US$ 57 for adults, US$ 51 for students, US$ 45.50 for children.
100 % Aventura
Located about 3 km north of Santa Elena, on the road to the Cloud Forest Reserve. Below rates include transportation with pick up and drop off at our hotel. Pick-up times are at 7.30 a.m., 10.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.
2-hours nature tour with a bilingual guide. Walk through the cloud forest canopy on eight suspended bridges from where you have great views of flora and fauna. At the end of the tour you have the opportunity to climb through the inside of a ficus tree. Cost is US$ 35 for adults and US$ 25 for children.
10 cables, Mega Tarzan swing, rope bridge, buggy ride, 2 Superman cables and rappel (15 meters). Rate is US$ for 57 adults/students, and US$ 40 for children . Tours start at 8.00 am, 11.00 am., 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm.
Start at 6 pm in the twilight, so your eyes can gradually adjust to the dark. An experienced guide will lead you through the nightly forest with its strange sounds. You mights see sloths, opossums, sleeping birds, porcupines, coatis, armadillos, snakes, tarantulas among others. Rate is $25, transportation incl.
Don Juan Coffee Tour
Actually this is 3 tours in 1! The Coffee Tour is the wonderful history of coffee and its importance in Costa Rica’s development. See all the processes of the coffee production, from the seed to the delicious final product. On the Chocolate Tour you will have an experience between aromas and history. You participate in the chocolate process and can enjoy, share and taste the fruit of the cocoa, until arriving to its magnificent transformation, becoming a delicious drink. On the Sugar Tour you’ll learn about the history of sugar cane, plantations, different types of harvest, processing, obtainment of various products. Price $35 per person, or children 6 – 15 years $15. Free transportation: 7:45 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2:45 pm.
El Trapiche | The sugar cane mill
A Costa Rican family run business where you can enjoy a 2 hour guided tour. The tour begins with a walk through a farm where you can learn about the plantations that grow sugar cane, coffee and other crops such as bananas, plantains, root vegetables, oranges and more.
Tour includes an ox cart ride to the Sugar Mill “Trapiche” where the sugar cane is processed. Throughout the tour you will have the opportunity to taste the various products that are made from sugar cane as well as enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.
Tours at 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m., transport included. Prices: US$ 32 / adults, US$ 27 / students, US$ 12 / children (6 – 12 years old)
Explore the area on well trained horses for all levels. A local guide will lead you through farmland pastures, forests and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the ocean. Duration 2 hours $ 40 pp, Spanish speaking guide, other tours upon request.