Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, Monteverde

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#6 of 20 in Parks in Monteverde
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. To visit Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and get the most from your holiday in Monteverde, create itinerary details personal to you using our Monteverde online tour itinerary planner .
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  • From our hotel we were picked up and brought back. The bus schedule is really good and costs only $2. The entrance of the forest costs 14 dollars. We have the cano negro trail done by 4.5 km and was a good workout. It was raining so was pretty muddy. Fortunately we were able to rent there rubber boots for 2 dollars and these were really necessary. Rain gear and right shoes are a must. The forest is really beautiful and you find yourself in the middle of. Unfortunately we have no animals can spotting, but saw a lot of birds. Definitely recommended. We brought here here 4 hours by.
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  • no habia ido monteverde it there is another book, however the day I went I found very interesting, in truth I think that it should promote more.
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  • It is a not very large reserve but with beautiful views, and completely cloud forest, it is a nice option to walk and clear a little of the city.
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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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