Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Monteverde

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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.
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  • If your looking for Wildlife (monkey, sloths, toucans, howler monkeys) this is not the place - your better off going to Manuel Antonio or Osa Peninsula. Arrived at 7am, spent 4-5 hours. By 11am the... 
    If your looking for Wildlife (monkey, sloths, toucans, howler monkeys) this is not the place - your better off going to Manuel Antonio or Osa Peninsula. Arrived at 7am, spent 4-5 hours. By 11am the...  more »
  • Wonderful cloud forest hike where you can truly relax. A lot of nature and wildlife, not too many tourists. 
    Wonderful cloud forest hike where you can truly relax. A lot of nature and wildlife, not too many tourists.  more »
  • I do feel the cloud forest is a bit over rated. We pre booked tickets but you don't need to. You park in a car park and then you get a shuttle to the reserve entrance. You can choose to take a host... 
    I do feel the cloud forest is a bit over rated. We pre booked tickets but you don't need to. You park in a car park and then you get a shuttle to the reserve entrance. You can choose to take a host...  more »
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  • Amazing! This was a beautiful park. We visited in September which is the rainy season but we got there early and so were able to hike all the trails before the afternoon rain. We opted not to pay for the tour or a guide and were still able to see a lot of different plants, animals, and insects. It was very peaceful and quiet and we didn’t see anyone else for the first hour we were there. I imagine that will be different in the sunny season. This is well worth the $25 each.
  • The ticket price for entry for foreigners is quite steep to not have a guide included, and I didn't find the front desk staff to be that receptive. That being said, the cloud forest is lovely and makes for a nice morning (I spent about 2.5h total, walking different parts of several different trails). There are signs at all the trailheads and trail meeting points so that you don't get lost (but some really need some refurbishing/updating). I would strongly recommend coming with a guide if your budget permits give that it's nearly impossible to spot any interesting animals solo, without a telescope. Otherwise lovely morning spent here - but make sure to bring a poncho or umbrella as the weather can change quite quickly. Outside of the reserve there's also a cafe with many hummingbirds (free and worth visiting on your way out).
  • Amazing cloud forest of course. We arrived first thing in the morning and it wasn't very crowded. We were glad we declined a guided tour, we like to hike at a brisker pace than some, and we could go it alone without too many other people. We saw monkeys, birds, rodents, so many interesting plants and insects. Tread quietly and keep your eyes open. We walked over 8 miles total in about 4.5 hours and were able to hit most of the trails.
  • Well kept trails with good navigation (mostly easy and medium with some up hills) are full of wonderful green around you. We did not see many animals, just several birds, caterpillars and a snake on our walking but the flora around you is amazing. There are also some points of views on your way but we had a cloudy weather, so wake up early :). Few notes and tips- We wanted to buy some souvenirs when leaving the area but were not allowed in without protective masks which was unfortunate for us. There is an official parking place around a kilometer and half from the entrance but you can also park your car close to the entrance if you find a spot at the side of the road.
  • Beautiful, the experience was surreal. One of the most biologically diverse private reserves I have ever visited. Be sure to visit in March or April as it can get very busy during the high season. If you're lucky you can spot some animals! However, the main attraction was the diverse plant life and fauna.

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