Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, Monteverde

(4.5/5 based on 420+ 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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  • If it's your first time in a jungle you will be impressed but if you have been to a couple of those and loooking for wildlife-don't go to santa elena.we so nothing . not even one animal. Were soo diss...  more »
  • The driveway is steep and there is a slope. With all-wheel drive but not a problem. We wanted to see the cloud forest and you get an excellent insight. The Park is not crowded with tourists and beautifully designed. We have seen only a few birds, since the smaller Curi Cancha offers better lot. We have certainly seen monkeys.
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  • We came here after SkyWalk the day before and our overall feeling was that SkyWalk was more streamlined while Santa Elena was a little more chaotic. When we got there for our tour, our guide was 15 mi...  more »
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  • Better and less crowded than Monteverde
  • 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
  • Get there early to see the magic
  • Absolutely beautiful! Coming from the midwest of USA this was quite the experience.