Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, Monteverde

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Home to a variety of plant and animal life, Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena represents a 310 hectare (766 acre) reserve covered by preserved cloud forest. Approximately 8 km (5 mi) of paths wind through the reserve, with several lookouts along the way. You'll find more than 600 species of orchids, as well as dense vegetation, hanging vines, and various tree species. Some visitors come seeking birds--the Quetzal and the Bell bird can be spotted here. Keep an eye out for small mammals scurrying past your feet. Due to its location, the reserve is generally quite humid and normally covered in a blanket of fog. Using our custom trip planner, Monteverde attractions like Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We did the tour of the high bridges and we love. The landscape is beautiful and lush jungle. Just didn't see any animals. However, at the end there is a site with free entry and dozens of hummingbirds that land on the fingers of the tourists. Left us thrilled. The day was good and didn't rain wasn't too cold.
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  • Magical place to spend some time. Really makes you realise the unspoilt beauty of such areas and how much we should treasure and care for the forest for years to come.  more »
  • Great experience, explore the various trails, very well marked (without Guide). Very well preserved forest. Highly recommended
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  • Very relaxing stroll through a forest. The ground was paved, or had gravel on it. I saw a big bug that sounded like a drone, and a large black bird. If you're a student the fee is only $7 so definitely worth the price.
  • Good place for a quick hike (afternoon and morning). I was able to see some monkeys, "exotic" birds and some insects.
  • Booked a guided tour on a rainy morning. Worth every penny, we would have seen almost nothing on our own. Guide was amazing at teaching about everything in the cloud forest, showed us a tarantula, many birds we would have missed and a baby nest of colibris. He even knew hot to replica many bird calls and attracted some for bird watchers in the group to capture.
  • Amazing hiking on well-kept trails with views to the east while walking through dense cloud forest. Very pretty and very organized.
  • Visited on a perfect day in June with no rain. The hike through the Santa Elena cloud forest is other-worldly and distinctly peaceful. There were much fewer tourists than at Monteverde Reserve and there is a more natural feeling to the trails. The mirador on the Caño Negro trail is well worth the hike (see picture). We were rewarded with a picture perfect view of Arenal Volcano, where we had a nice picnic on the available bench. Entrance is $20 for adults and $10 with a student card. Expensive, but well worth it. We spent 3-4 hours hiking through the Reserve. Animals are not common in the rainy season, so we mostly saw birds and small reptiles.

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