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 Cloud Forest 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 $25 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 $18 per person adults and $12 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 $25 per person. Tours at 8:00 am and 1:00 pm.
Nature and Canopy Tours
Selvatura is located about 4 miles from the town of Santa Elena on the road to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Preserve. It also offers a hummingbird garden, a butterfly garden, and exhibitions of insects, amphibians and reptiles. Prices include free roundtrip transportation from/to your hotel. Pick-up times at 8:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 am, 2:00 pm.
Treetop Walkways: Breathtaking views into the cloud forest on a self-guided walk on eight suspended bridges through the canopy. Open daily 7.30 am. to 5 pm. Rates are US$ 46.44 for adults, US$ 42.12 for students and US$ 32.40 for children under 12 years.
Zipline Canopy Tour: With 12 cables and Tarzan Swing it is the largest zipline canopy tour in the region. The longest cables measure 240 m and 320 m. Rates are US$ 68.04 for adults, US$ 61.56 for students, and children US$ 47.52.
Gold Package: This is a combination of the treetop walkways and the zipline canopy tour. Rates are US$ 103.30 for adults, US$ 92.88 for students, US$ 71.93 for children under 12 years.
Transportation available ($5 extra per person), pick up times in the hotel: 7:20am, 10:20am or 1:20pm
Canopy Tour: 10 cables, Mega Tarzan swing, rope bridge, buggy ride, 2 Superman cables and rappel (15 meters). Rates $54 adults / $44 children and students (minimum age 10 years old) Tours at 8:00am, 11.00am or 1:00pm.
Hanging Bridges (Guided): 8 bridges along the way through a 2-mile-long trail in the forest. Rates $40 adults / $34 children (5 to 12 years old) Tours at 8:00am, 11.00am or 1:00pm.
The Original Canopy Tour
Transportation included, pick up times 7am, 10:30am or 1:30pm. 15 cables (60 – 800 mts long) Rappel Tarzan Swing, Hollow tree climb. Rates $54 adults / $43.2 students / $32.4 children.
Transportation available ($11 extra per person), pick up times in the hotel: 7:30am, 8:30am, 9:45am, 10:45am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm
Sky Walk (Guided): This activity combines trails and suspension bridges. Rates $52.92 adults / $44.28 students / $36.72 children
Sky Tram: The tour takes place accompanied by a naturalist guide that will teach you about the flora and fauna of the area. Rates $52.92 adults / $43.20 students / $35.64 children
Sky Tram + Sky Trek: Sky Trek is an adrenaline zipline tour. Rates $90.72 adults / $75.60 students / $62.64 children
Sky Tram + Sky Trek + Sky Walk: Rate $123.12 adults / $104.76 students / $87.48 children
Arboreal Tree Climbing Park: The tour consists of climbing circuit of 8 trees of around 8 meters to 20 meters high and with different levels of difficulty. Rates $31.32 adults / $20.52 students / $20.52 children