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“Jungle Jaunt” 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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11-Day Tour from San Jose: Monteverde Cloud...
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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“Jungle Jaunt”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

When you are here, you can immerse yourself in nature without leaving the trail. We saw birds, spider monkeys and one small snake that was trying to hide. We had a tour guide so he pointed out many interesting things and told us not to touch the trees as many things live in them including bullet ants which apparently make you feel like you've been shot if they bite you.

Visited February 2013
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“Crowd forest”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

The trail was very crowded.the guide was not very informative and we saw almost no wildlife during 2 hours.

Visited March 2013
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“What a unigue place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

This cloud forest is definitely one of a kind place and, probably, is the most exciting place we visited in CR. A few recommendations for someone who plans to visit:

1. Take a guide at the entrance. You can walk by yourself and the forest will be most likely empty to you (unless you grow up surrounded by nature). You have to have a trained eye to see all the animals.

2. I regret we did not have enough time for a long hike after our tour with guide is ended. This is like enchanted forest you are not going to see anywhere else, so enjoy it to the fullest.

3. Try to get there early. We entered forest at 8.30 and it was already crowded there.

4. Dress up warmly, in layers. Wearing just a sweatshirt was not sufficient for us.
Have a good time!

Visited February 2013
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“Too much...let me sum up!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Bring a sense of curiosity and adventure and wonder and you will be amazed at the cloud forest. The amount and diversity of life in the forest is mind-boggling. Make sure to take at least one guided tour during the day; I took two and could easily take more if I were staying longer. Each guide brings a different perspective and they all know how to spot the birds and animals, if they are there to be spotted! After my tour, I spent another three hours in the forest, just walking and marveling. The trails are good and well-marked. This was definitely a highlight of my trip to Costa Rica!

Visited March 2013
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“Monteverde Cloud Forest guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Recently we visited Costa Rica for 10 days and had the good fortune of having Marcela Morales for our naturalist guide at Monteverde Cloud Forest. We had the most amazing experience and gained an incredible amount of knowledge. With Marcela's expertise, we were able to see a quetzel, many hummingbirds, numerous other birds, lizards, monkeys, and amazing flora and fauna. She is very knowledgeable, interesting, passionate, and fun. We could not have asked for a better guide, and it was one of the high points of our trip. I would highly suggest Marcela if you visit. K&E

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