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“Tours can be a little crowded -- so be sure to do a longer hike on your own” 4 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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Arlington, Virginia
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“Tours can be a little crowded -- so be sure to do a longer hike on your own”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We saw a few birds on this trip -- though we did see a quetzal. My husband and I did two solo afternoon hikes and took our kids and his mom with one on a guided hike in the morning. Morning hiking was so crowded (Easter week) that we only saw a few things -- did see a quetzal though. We went with the guide from the preserve. You can make a reservation at afternoon prior at the desk. I loved the solo hikes my husband and I did in Monteverde. We liked the hike to the "mirador" to look at the continental divide. I would definitely take the kids to Curi Cancha reserve -- less crowded, we saw more there -- but do stop at Monteverde.

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I would highly recommend if you are in Monteverde to visit the cloud forest reserve. The suspension bridge trail is amazing! I've never seen a forest from the tree tops before. Stunning!

Visited April 2012
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“Birds, flowers and trees, alas no quetzal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Not the most abundant wildlife, and sadly, no resplendent quetzal. leafcutter ants galore, hummingbirds on feeders at the entrance, but overall slightly disappointiing.

Visited February 2013
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“The reason to go to Monteverde”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Like most people, we went to Monteverde to experience the cloud forest and the fauna and flora. The Monteverde and Santa Elena Reserves are the parks that offer that experience. We were not disappointed. We obtained the services of an English-speaking guide in advance through the lodge where we stayed. He was knowledgeable about the geography, history, plants, birds and other animals. That is the only time we hired a guide in our visit to Costa Rica and were glad that we did. There is a limit to the number of people allowed into the Reserve so it is best to have a guide or go early in the day. One trail took us to a viewpoint on the continental divide that allows one to see the Pacific Ocean, actually Nicoya Bay, from that high altitude, around 5000 feet.

Visited February 2013
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“Amazing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Great trails, but pretty crowded with tour groups. Take the longer trails away from the entrance to try and avoid the crowds.

Visited February 2013
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