Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, Monteverde

4.4
#6 of 23 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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  • I took the Encantado Trail. No guide. Just walk thru the forest, stop for photos or to examine foliage, birds, insects closer- about 2 hours. Other tours with guides will help identify birds, and mayb...  more »
  • This cloudforest is really worth a visit! Take your time and look around you to see some interesting animales! Birds, catapillars, butterflies and other insects... the Sound is so wonderful! Flowers, ...  more »
  • We love spending the day hiking through here, its so beautiful and magical feeling. Bring you raincoat and enjoy a hike through the cloud forest!  more »
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  • Went for 7:30am guided walk with a group of 8 tourists. We saw hummingbirds, black guan, tarantula. The forest is beautiful. The trails were not crowded, except around the lookout tower. After the guided walk, we explored one of the other trails on our own. The guide was good at spotting birds and very knowledgeable, but the level of explanation was sometimes a little basic for natural history enthusiasts like us.
  • We spent a long time trying to decide between Monteverde and Santa Elena cloud forest. We eventually chose this as it was less touristy and so we had a higher chance of seeing animals. There are no hanging bridges in this park but the paths are much more natural and you feel submerged in nature. We saw very few other people and 2 sloths within our first 15 minutes being in the park. As it is slightly lower than Monteverde it was slightly warmer which I really appreciated!
  • Great park, good hicking.. the trails were easy to do and you must climb to the top of the tower in youth challenge trail.
  • Beautiful experience with or without a guide. The guides will be abke to point out more animals in the distant trees but it is equally a lovely experience to just be one with the nature around you. Dress for muddy terrain
  • Clearly marked trails, friendly staff and can do guided or on your own. If you have gum/ Wellingtons boots will serve you better, though normal trainers are fine too.
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