When it comes to nature tours Monteverde is a not to miss destination, it offers one of the biggest protected areas in the cloud forest with 90% of virgin forests that hosts many animals such as monkeys, hundreds of species of birds including the quetzal and bell bird, sloths, deers, wildcats and countless plants, trees,orchids insects and much more that can be found at this wonderful, unique destination.
It’s geographical position sets Monteverde to be between both coasts, the Atlantic and the Pacific which is what makes of this a one of a kind place to visit, the variety of nature that is found makes you fall in love with this amazing destination and of course you will find a lot of different activities to admire nature.
The number one activity that is made here is hiking and there are many choices, different Reserves that you can go to and start a peaceful journey surrounded by the greenery beauty and incessant sounds of the mountains, you can go to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Curi-Cancha Cloud Forest Reserve or Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve and witness the magical fog that covers the forests like a veil and be surprised by all the wildlife that will be encountered and wonderful, colorful birds, flowers and orchids.
Another fascinating way to explore the cloud forest is from the heights, at the hanging bridges, this will give you a different perspective of what this resting place is and is also a great opportunity to spot birds, you can also visit the biggest orchid gardens of the world and learn everything about them, the different types, what their role is in nature and the beauty they offer.
Another way to get more familiar with the forest and get deeper in the mountains is by going on a night tour, you will presence what the life is a night at this type of forest and is a very popular activity considering that most animals (mammals) are nocturnal. You can visit the fantastic hummingbird and butterflies gardens, the bat jungle. the insects, reptiles, amphibians exhibit and much more!
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Curi Cancha is also known as a Bird Watchers Paradise because it offers easier trails to see and hear them! This is a smaller reserve compared to others in the area but offers a wide variety of nature and don't worry about the trails being crowded the reserve has a policy of a maximum of 50 people at one time at the park which makes it even more appealing, less people means higher changes to spot wildlife.Read More
What an excellent way to explore the forests in Monteverde! With this unique combination you will be able to admire both aspects of the cloud forest, from the ground floor and from the tree tops. With us you can have a full experience and will be able to widen your senses, learn how to spot birds by their sounds and how to look for wildlife based on how they live, our expert guides will teach you all about it.Read More
The Curi Cancha Reserve is one of the newest known reserves of Costa Rica, its history is quite interesting since a great part of it today (about 50%), used to be pasture territory, the Lowther family who owned the property since the 1970’s invested their care and time into making it grow to the forest we can admire today and be part of the other 50% which was virgin forest and still remains.Read More
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve was founded in 1972, it is a private reserve that belongs to a research, non profitable ONG whose main purpose is to protect the world’s famous cloud forest, its unique flora and many species of animals that find their home here.Read More
Monteverde is the perfect destination for nature tours, you can go on amazing hikes to several of the natural reserves, sightseeing on the hanging bridges or natural gardens (hummingbirds, butterflies, orchids), visit the animal exhibits and be able to enjoy of the unique nature that can only be found in our cloud forest reserves, coffee plantations is also a great natural attraction in the area. We offer a little for all tastes, from a short, slowed paced hike of about 2.5-3 hours up to a full day experience. What are you up to?
Comfortable, closed hiking shoes or sneakers will be good, keep in mind that your shoes may get muddy and wet, so make sure you bring some extra shoes as well. As far as clothes, t-shirts, shorts, long pants and tank tops will work. Make sure you bring a mosquito repellent and sunscreen and a raincoat in case of a rainshower.
Most tours will offer transportation to and from most hotels in the area, if your hotel is not on the list please let us know, an extra fee may be required if your place is a little out of the way.
Absolutely! Tell us your kids ages and we can advise you to go to the places that best fit your families needs. There are activities for everyone, many natural reserves to hike to, spots to birdwatch and sightsee animals, wonderful reptiles, amphibians, insects, bats, orchids exhibits and gardens and many more options. We are the zone experts, we will take you through the right path.
Monteverde given its location in the highlands tends to be sometimes cloudy and rainy, it doesn’t rain all day though, it’s usually in the afternoons which makes it ideal for morning activities. Tours don’t get cancelled due to rain, except there is a rough rain or weather on the sight, in which case only the tour companies will cancel or try to reschedule the activity, if hardly ever happens but in this case we make sure to contact you first.
It varies from company to company but to be sure that you can get a refund it is recommend to give a notice at least 8 hours before.