Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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Troy T
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Booked this through Native's Way and our guide Gustavo was amazing. We highly recommend the private tour, it is worth the money because it makes the trip more than just a walk through the forest, it will be the building of a core memory. His degree in Ornithology was key in having a knowledgeable guide in the Monte Verde Cloud forest tour. There are an array of birds at Monte Verde and he is able to distinguish the difference in there calls and if you are lucky enough he will be able to track their location. He does a wonderful pace to make sure you are comfortable in the tour, so it leads to an enjoyable visit. He is also very funny and one of the most interesting people you will come across. Our driver, Miguel, was also very good. He is always ready to go and courteous and respectable. He will go out of his way to take you to the front of your destination. We also want to give a special shout out to Juan and Jose. Pura Vida
Written April 27, 2022
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Ken E
Kailua, HI69 contributions
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve was a highlight of our 2 week Costa Rica trip exploring many different national parks. There are limited numbers of people allowed per day and per trail at any one time to limit crowds and impact on the park. We purchased our tickets online months ahead of time and arrived at 8 am, one hour after the park opened (there were already 90 people in the park by then). From previous visits to national parks we discovered that if one wishes to see animals and learn about the area, a guide is essential (we had a fantastic guide: Victor +506-8308-9705. on Whats App). We were able to see a variety of animals: coati, many birds, tarantula, howler monkeys, millipede, hummingbirds, and best of all the resplendent quetzal. We spent 3 hours at a slow pace with our guide on two different trails. We did not explore places on our own as we knew we wouldn't see many animals.
We drove our own car and were able to park on the road near the park entrance as we were early (the best animal viewing is earlier in the day). If arriving later one needs to park in a nearby parking lot and be shuttled in (about a 15 minute walk).
Written April 4, 2022
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OCExperience
Aliso Viejo, CA35 contributions
Family
I did not hire the guide until the last minute. I mean I was done paying for everything I see in Costa Rica.

I thought its not worth it, and we will just look around and will come back and we will find birds, whats a big deal.

Nope, I was completely wrong. We could not have learned and seen without our guide.

We were fortunate to find the guide in the last minute as it was new year eve and there were not many tourists. Officials were saying this place is typically jam packed and you don’t get guide until you pre-book.

Among many birds, our guide got us a closest view of Quetzal bird. We saw it eating, dancing and flying. What a view, it was worth the guide money right there. The most memorable moment of entire Costa Rica trip, was right there. I keep repeating “guide” because I was 99% sure, not to get a guide unless it comes dirt cheap, which does not happen. My family kept telling what a good decision I made (last minute)😀

Another advice, go early, as the park allows limited people , I guess 250 people at a time. After than, they allow people based on how many have stepped out.

Written January 7, 2020
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Adam M
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I have not been on many hikes in my life. But the cloud forest reserve was truly unforgettable. We didn't even see many animals. But for any nature lovers out there, the views are incredible. You are truly engulfed in a cloud rainforest with endless trees and greenery around you. You could even see the clouds falling and coming into the rainforest throughout the hike.

Admission was 25$ per person. I also rented binoculars which they have available to rent for 12$. It is a large park with many hike options. We did the 2-2.5 hour hike that was most popular and included the hanging bridge. We saw a few exotic birds and the binoculars came in handy.

We did not pay for a tour guide, however, it depends on what you are looking for. Guides definitely will point out more wildlife as they are trained to see it. But we enjoyed walking at our own pace and stopped to enjoy the beautiful scenery as we pleased. As I mentioned we didn't see many animals, in fact, we only saw a few exotic birds. But the nature lovers out there will appreciate the size and beauty of this well-kept reserve. Also there were enough guides that were stopping there group to see an exotic bird, so when we encountered them we just also stopped and observed as well. Everyone was nice and did not care.

Not to mention the drive to get to monteverde is absolutely stunning. We drove from Arenal to monteverde and found ourselves driving near the top of mountains and the views were also breathtaking of arenal lake, driving by rows of windmills etc.
Written June 2, 2022
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abmilw
Milwaukee, WI571 contributions
This is why you come to the area. I'd check out from your hotel or direct to the park about making reservations. We were not told about this, but heard they may sell out, then you have to wait until people leave the park before they let you in. We liked the hiking. We heard birds, but did not see any animals or birds, but we were there on a cold and windy day. We were there early in the morning too, which is the time to go before the tour busses arrive. We just wanted to hike, but I think I would get a guide and tell them to explain as we walk or point out birds as we go, vs. standing around looking for them. That might be good middle ground. The bridge path was closed, but not sure that negatively impacted our time. Taxi about $12 to get there from downtown area. You might find one waiting for your return trip or someone can call you one. We hiked moderate to easy trails. Did not feel crowded. Maybe a tad chilly so wear layers, bring camera and water bottle. A few different trails so you can easily spend 2 to 6 hours depending on how many you want to hike and how diffilcult of hike you want. Trails were groomed well.
Written March 13, 2022
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Sherry T
Fort Erie, Canada93 contributions
I brought my son to the Cloud Forest Reserve during a recent trip to Monteverde. We did the Natural History tour. Our guide, Andre, was superb. He gave us lots of interesting information about the history and diversity of the cloud forest. He had a special scope to spot the birds and he pointed out various insects. We didn't see any animals, probably because there were so many people walking around and lots of noise.
I'd recommend going with a guide. If we hadn't done that I don't think we would have enjoyed our visit so much. The guides are really essential to providing education about the forest as well as finding the birds and wildlife. Get there early in the morning to beat the crowds.
Written March 29, 2022
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Julie T
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Monteverde Wild's Oscar Perez is the best guide we had in Costa Rica and a true professional. He was easy to communicate with, extremely knowledgeable, and has a wonderfully fun, enthusiastic and trustworthy personality. This was also a great tour, and not just because Oscar guided us to see both the male and female Resplendent Quetzal in flight, in nest and perched! Oscar focused on what our goals were for the trip and gave excellent advice! Don't spend all the money to go to Monteverde and "save" money by not having a guide. You will see very little wildlife. Please trust us you won't find better than Oscar. Oscar knows many of the other guides well, and because he is so skilled and shares sightings with them, they do the same with him. We also saw capuchin monkeys, giant walking stick insects, etc. We especially recommend Oscar if you want an educational experience for yourself or your kids. These two seniors had a wonderful time.
Written June 12, 2022
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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,564 contributions
this particular park tends to fill up pretty quickly so you may want to get there early in the day. We had to park in a lower parking area and get transported up to the trail-head. There is a minor fee associated with this and make sure you hang on to your entrance ticket stub because you'll need to show that to the parking lot attendant to prove that you actually paid for parking. Like many of the parks we visited in Costa Rica there will be individuals hanging around that will tell you they are a certified guide and offer their services for what seems like an excessive price. There are official guides who services can be contracted at the office where you buy your entrance ticket. I would advise against retaining the services of an unofficial guide. Also, you may not need a guide at all. The typical sales pitch is that you need a guide to see all of the wildlife and it is true that these guides carry around spotting scopes and of course you'll be able to see the wildlife even though it may be miniscule and a mile away. We saw plenty of wildlife walking through the park on our own. At the park entrance office the staff is quite helpful asking you how much time you plan on spending in the park and then tailoring a hike to match that length of time. Use your cell phone to take a picture of the trail map so that you have a reference with you as you are moving through the park. Some of the trails are quite strenuous and good hiking shoes are a must. Rain is always a possibility but more common is the mist that wanders through the area (hence the name cloud forest) and that will get you damp as well so make sure you have some kind of rain gear. These cloud forests are home to a particular bird known as the quetzal…..we did not actually see the bird although we did see evidence or indications of a large bird in the treetops. There was not a lot of wildlife to see…..we were looking for monkeys and other indigenous species and we did not see much at all. In my opinion you don't need a guide but if that's the way you roll be my guest . Recommended
Written January 6, 2020
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superbford
Texas Gulf Coast, TX203 contributions
The property is beautiful and worth visiting even if you don't see many animals or birds.

There is only one bridge, but it is very nice and has amazing trees all around and lots of other flora.

If you can afford adding a guide, that is probably your best bet for seeing animals. We chose not to have a guide as we like to hike and walk around on our own most of the time.

We did come upon a small herd of Coatis... at least twenty walked up the jungle hillside, across the path where we were walking.... then started foraging and eating right next to us. We were able to watch them for about ten minutes before they move on. So fun. We never got of the path. They weren't concerned about us, so obviously they've been around humans many times.

There is a small cascade or waterfall at the end of one path.

Parking tip: You can drive all the way up to the reserve and park on the side of the road for free. You'll see an Official Monteverde Reserve parking place before you get there. You can park your car and take a shuttle up from them for 5 dollars. It was also going to be one dollar per person if you didn't have a mask. We chose to continue driving and parked just fifty meters from the front entrance.

We would have enjoyed our visit even if we didn't see some birds and the Coatis, but glad we came upon them.
Written June 12, 2022
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467patricia
Munich, Germany178 contributions
Entry fee for adults is 25 Dollar/person.

5 Dollar for parking&shuttle if you don’t want to park your car on the street close to park entry.

Overall nice trials with awesome view from mirador. You can spend a day here walking all trials!
You can find/see birds, monkeys and Quetzal if you like! Not that much tourists in the park, but this may related to covid-19.

The hanging bridge in the park is closed and ‘under maintenance’ since Dezember 2020. This will take as least a couple of month till this one will be available for crossing.
Written March 6, 2021
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