Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, Monteverde

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
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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  • I did the nature walk here as part of an included activity in an Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) packaged multi day tour of Costa Rica. The entrance fee into this place was $20 per person. Fantastic h...  read more »
  • If you want to go trekking in the jungle, this is your site! There are many routes to make depending on the time you want to walk and the road is very nice!
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  • The Santa Elena cloud forest is one of two entry points into the cloud forest area. The park is currently working on improving their trails to where there are few steps or massive inclines. there were...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very nice place! A price very accessible for the visitors national. There are no large amounts of people, so it is better to enjoy nature. The trails are well marked, and in very good condition. Access unfortunately very bad if you're own car.
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