Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, Monteverde

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#6 of 21 in Wildlife 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. 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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  • August 10, 2017
    The locals say to visit the Santa Elena reserve if you love trees and plants and rainforest-vibe places, and to visit the Monteverde reserve for birds. That being said, I saw quite a few interesting b...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    We visited the reserve to walk on the trails and see the beauty of our forests and it was very nice. However, there are many parts that have neglected them. We entered the path of Caño negro and more q was a neighborhood road. We spent hours to finish the trail by how difficult that was advancing in the mud, but we saw a couple of animals that were worth.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Visit of a primary and secondary forest near Santa Elena (7 km). Entrance to 20 USD. Nice ride on completely signposted trails. We did everything or almost 4 hours. But superb forest animals left to wander elsewhere. We have seen a very nice bird, a small mammal, small birds and butterflies. That's all. We missed the Group of monkeys that were walking... The worth a visit anyway. The forest is really beautiful. A "real" jungle with its trees covered with MOSS, his vines, its ferns... pleasure to the eyes. Plus, we met not bc of tourists!
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  • April 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 25, 2017
    Good place for a quick hike (afternoon and morning). I was able to see some monkeys, "exotic" birds and some insects.
  • April 13, 2017
    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.
  • June 3, 2017
    Amazing hiking on well-kept trails with views to the east while walking through dense cloud forest. Very pretty and very organized.
  • June 22, 2017
    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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