Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, Monteverde
(4.5/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
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 had a great day, the forest was very cute but indispensable help of a guide, in this case we are Ever a lover boy nature that thanks to your experience and eye us hico fully discover another side of the forest! It might be a little expensive entrance is at $ 14 each (per student $ 7) and the other 15 Guide for each, but it was all worthwhile returned home with a big smile and see some animals
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  • I spent over 4 hours hiking through the reserve and spent 2 hours of that time without seeing another person. Some of the trails can be a bit of a challenge, Black Canyon, and good footwear is needed....  more »
  • This park is less known than Monteverde and Curi Cancha, but is well worth a visit. Guides are available, but we decided to hike this one by ourselves. The only wildlife we saw was a sloth -- pointed ...  more »
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  • Very nice walking area. 14 $ is a bit much for only trails but totally worth it if you spend the day there. Trail Cano Negro is the longest (4 hours slow paced) but the nicest and you can observe a family of howler monkey down the south-eastern area. There are a few observation points to see the Arenal Volcano if the visibility permits it. Lots of variety of birds, altho hard to see in the dense forest.
  • Nice place to visit
  • Absolutely beautiful! Coming from the midwest of USA this was quite the experience.
  • If you come on a rainy day with poor visibility, don't expect views or animal encounters, just muddy rainforest walks.
  • Really good 7mi hike if you take the long trail. Seemingly much less crowded than Monteverde Reserve.