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Monteverde TrainForest

5 kilometros al norte de Sta. Elena Monteverde, Santa Elena 7572-1000, Costa Rica
506 26455700
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Ranked #9 of 14 attractions in Santa Elena
Type: Scenic Railroads
Owner description: Two beatiful vintage trains will take the visitor through an amazing 2 hour trip through the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Ideal for family groups and... more » Owner description: Two beatiful vintage trains will take the visitor through an amazing 2 hour trip through the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Ideal for family groups and people with mobility limitations. Great views of the Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, restaurant, souvenir shop and gourmet coffee shop available, open year round from 7 am to 4 pm, night tours available upon request. « less
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Golden, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Pedestrian and slow going, not full of charm or natural interest. Met some interesting Ticos here though and had fun people watching. All in all, not a good use of limited time or funds.

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Toronto
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We took a trip on the TrainForest, 10 am, Feb 03/14. It was a very interesting, and informative journey. The escort provided information on the primary and secondary forest, and also the animals and birds along the way. At the end of track, the look-out view was magnificent. An optional walk the the forest is worth doing. Highly recommended.

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CANADA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

The day that we visited the "Cloud Forest" it was that, cloudy. From the train ride to the lookout and return it was great to see that these owners have invested so much into making this an experience that you probably will not see again. These scale locomotives are powered by diesel engines and look authentic . The rail cars... More

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Monterey, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Don´t get me wrong, the staff was great and everything, but there is nothing original about this train tour (aside from the fact that you are on a train). The only interesting thing to see is a nice spot where you can see (if it is not clouded) the Arenal Volcano and a great view. If I want to walk... More

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Brockville, Ontario, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

On the surface this seemed like too much of a 'tourist' thing for us to do. It would be a mistake to miss this if you have kids. The train takes you through various parts of the cloud forest with a knowledgable guide. At the terminal part of the line you disembark for either a coffee or hiking break to... More

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Gleneden Beach, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We hired our own guide for a one on two tour. He was a former science teacher, and a most excellent guide. We saw the elusive Quetzal bird, a pack of Coati Mundis, army ants, birds, squirrel, a beautiful waterfall, and many intereting plants. Lots of humming birds. Our guide was superb. He was recommended by the owners of the... More

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Grapevine, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

A convenient way for kids to see the cloud forest without a hike. Staff was friendly and informative for the whole trip. Not a problem, but I was surprised the train covers only 3.5km in the 90-min excursion, although that includes a 30-min stop for a short nature walk, drinks, and a good view of Arenal on clear days.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

It was a nice ride, but we did not see any wildlife!! The ranger was informed but it didn't help!! He did give us some pointers for looking for wild life. We only saw butterflies and Birds>.

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Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

My 2.5 year old son LOVES trains, so it was clear to us that we have to take him to on this attraction. Overall the experience was very nice and organized well. We were taken by a shuttle from our hotel and also had a shuttle back to the hotel arranged. The train ride was about 1.5 hours in total... More

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Beautiful views of the volcano and lake that you just can't get anywhere else. Take some time to grab lunch before or after the train ride. Charming and perfect for kids, or elderly folks who have a tough time getting around or for those who don't want to hike everywhere all the time.

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