Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

4.5
Must see · Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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.
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  • Fun walking through the cloud forest...we started around 1:45pm which is late in the day and unfortunately had a lot of rain. We made the best of it and went on several trails. It was pretty muddy...  more »
  • We had a very knowledgeable guide which makes for a much better hike. We saw two Quetzals, oranged-kneed tarantula, mot-mots, numerous hummingbirds and many other birds and plants. The trail going up....  more »
  • I liked it. Was interesting ferns. However, the hefty price tag for foreigners of 25 dollars is a scam. It's 8 dollars for locals. I feel ripped off, come to Australia and I'll happily charge you 100....  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great hiking trails through the cloud forest. We didn't see many animals but some interesting plants. The trails are pretty straightforward, nothing too challenging other than the distances. For parking, you can skip the official parking lot and park by the entrance to save $5 and some time on the shuttle bus.
  • What a gorgeous place!! Although clouds obscured the views from the lookout while I was there, the sky cleared more later so try to spend some time there to really experience the changing weather and light. And allow time for the Hummingbird cafe, just outside the gates - stunning birds!
  • This is a wonderful hike. Very easy loop with lots to see. If you love nature, it is worth visiting as the ecology really changes with the high elevation moisture. The forest bridges are one of a kind and provide stunning views of the canopy. It is well worth the drive if you can combine this hike with other events in Montverde

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