Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, Monteverde

(4.5/5 based on 400+ 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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  • Walk along the various trails of rain forest is a great experience. The vegetation is stunning. Reach the window, cross the hanging bridge and see the waterfall are forced. The. difficulty is low. It really is worthwhile for those who likes the contact with nature. species of birds are displayed. Only mammals a coati.
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  • Be prepared for no stopping rain and beautiful trees. I`ve got disappointed because I haven't seen any wild life apart from a bird and a squirrel.  more »
  • Smaller cloud forest reserve owned by and benefiting the local high school. Great place for a walk of a couple of hours. Well marked trails for self guided walk, but I recommend using a guide to see m...  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.

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