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“Best Bird Watching Ever” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

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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Keene, New York
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“Best Bird Watching Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Magnificent birds including many kinds of hummingbirds, the famous resplendent Quetzal, parrots, and many more. Also the agouti and coati. The forest itself is very interesting.
You must have a guide though to really get something out of the experience.

Visited February 2013
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“We saw the Quedzals!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Wonderful place and excellent guide! So much to learn and see. The waterfall was beautiful, as was the forest, but the topper was getting to see three of the legendary Resplendent Quedzal birds, an amazingly beautiful bird I will never forget.

Visited February 2013
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Oceanside, New York
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“Beautiful even if it rains”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

First, make sure you get your entrance ticket from the "Registration" building. You cannot get tickets at the actual entrance to the trails. The trails are well-marked and match the trail map. They also have great overview map signs throughout the park at trail intersections in case you don't want to keep pulling out your map. We got here just as it started to rain and we ended up hiking in torrential rain in December (the dry season?). The trails got really muddy so make sure you have hiking boots and rain gear with you or you'll regret it. Our 2 1/2 yr old son had a ball checking out all the cool tropical vegetation. He was in a backpack carrier as the trails were too muddy and treacherous for a toddler due to the rain. Though we weren't able to see many birds because of the downpour, we did enjoy the trails and the suspension bridge. The bathrooms were clean.

The gift shop was okay and had some nice laminated bird, plant, and mammal guides as well as a decent assortment of t-shirts and gifts. Others in our group said the cafe next door had a decent sandwich selection for a quick bite and enjoyed the coffee.

We parked across from the Hummingbird Gallery and had to stop in on the way back. This was one of the highlights of the trip. The rain had finally stopped and we saw a kinkajou visiting one of the hummingbird feeders! Everyone really enjoyed standing quietly near feeders with 50-60 hummingbirds of multiple species buzzing around your head. Our toddler son was fascinated and didn't want to leave. They also have a nice gallery/gift shop.

Visited December 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Fantastic time in the cloud forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We did a couple of trails on our own and had a fantastic time. There were tons of people at the entrance when we arrived around 10:30 a.m., but we saw no more than a dozen people once we started hiking.

If you make it to the lookout point and the skies are clear, you're in for a treat. Beware: close to the lookout point, these little bugs flocked to us and started to bite.

The trails are well marked and the staff at the reserve are very nice.

We had lunch at the cafeteria and the casados were quite delicious and of healthy portions.

Visited January 2013
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Tacoma, Washington
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“Full of adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Wow, what a drive to get there. 21 km of narrow, winding dirt roads..with no rails, etc. lol. Keep your hands on the steering wheel. Anyways once you make it up to Mondeverde, look at the signs for the reserve....yes the road keeps going and going...more dirt roads. Eventually you will get there to the trail head/entrance. Oh, the hummingbird exhibit is neat. Just relax and watch the birds feed and buzz all around you. Just past this, you get to the entrance. There you will see an abundance of parking and park attendents. To the left (registration building) is where you get your ticket (~$18 per person, and $15/person with guide) - I just did it alone. This will allow you get and roam the trails all day long. I primarily did the short 2 hour route (about 2km distance), but you can veer off and do some mixing and matching of the trails. The direction signs are well marked all over, so you won't get lost. Also keep in mind you are at the top of the mountain so you will do a bit of uphill and downhill treks. Take your time, bring water and enjoy. you'll be fine. Also make sure you go over the red bridge...very cool.

ps. if you opt for a guided tour, there are three times to obtain one (7:30a, 10:30a, 1:30p)

Visited February 2013
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