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Monteverde TrainForest

5 kilometros al norte de Sta. Elena Monteverde, Santa Elena 7572-1000, Costa Rica
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Ranked #9 of 14 Attractions in Santa Elena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This was absolutely fantastic.It is so much better with a good guide.My 13 year old son said this was the highlight of the trip and thats saying a lot since we were all over CostaRica zip lining and hiking and hanging out at the beach.You must not miss this lovely place.

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Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Great guides, fun and knowledgable,great activity if you have younger kids, older ones might not be as interested. I found the new and old growth very interesting to observe.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The experience you have will depend on the guide that you get to escort round the forest. All the guides are extremely informative but some are more enthusiastic than others. The humming bird gallery in the near by coffee shop is a must.

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Golden, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
81 helpful votes 81 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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Monterrey, Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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