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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

35 km (22 mi) southeast of Tilaran | 167 km (104 mi) northwest of San Jose, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve 55-5655, Costa Rica
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Newark, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We went on a guiding hike in the cloud forrest with Johnny Villegas (AKA Johnny nature) and it a great experience. He showed use all kinds of exotic plants and animals. He us a nice history of the forrest and the multifacetted ecology lesson. Talked about how different species relate to each other and their habits. How the plants get... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We spent half day with a guided tour and another half day for self-guided hiking. It was beautiful and unique. It was drizzling most of the time while we were in the reserve. We saw many wild animals, including a couple of beautiful Quetzals, via tour guide's powerful binoculars. Highly recommend. note: you should hire a good guide or you... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The staff were very knowledgable and recommended great hikes for the time we had available. We did not see much wildlife, but the reserve is beautiful and well worth a few hours of your time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

When we went, it was cold and slightly rainy, but it was still worth it! We did a one day tour from playa samara through Monkey tours and it was incredible! There is so much nature and wildlife there and our guide was so well informed. Many suspension bridges (5 i believe) and they give amazing views, but they are... More

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Middletown, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Highly recommend getting a guide or you will miss most of the wildlife. Very expensive way to see birds, bugs and amphibians. Saying all that it was a unique experience to be in a cloud forest. Be sure to bring rain gear, most likely you will need it. Also check out the hummingbirds at the exit of the park.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We opted to not hire a guide, which was fine but probably could have seen more with one. The information office is super helpful. You go tell them how long you would like to hike for and they highlight a path that sets you up to see the best sights in your given amount of time. Being the "off season"... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Fascinating, fabulous and flora-rific! See the Cloud Forest Reserve with Samuel. You will see a ton that you'd walk right by if you were on your own. Samuel is an enthusiastic and informed guide. You will wish your hike was longer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

The jungle is amazing, fresh, clean air. Lots of greens, great views, great nature voices. Nice walk with children. You can show them hudge trees, sometimes you can see wild animals. Good lesson of nature.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It was a fun hour hike along all the hanging bridges, great views. but not much else, and they don't provide a guide.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Do take a guided tour of the cloud forest if you are near Monteverde Do bring..........a knowledgeable guide ( outstanding guides - with detailed love and knowledge abound in the area and at the gates and share what they know)......binoculars if you have them......a waterproof.....and above all a sense of awe and willingness to listen to the absorbing detail of... More

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