Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
4.5
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Top ways to experience Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
See what travelers are saying
  • Salaamus
    Turlock, California186 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cloud forest on clear day 👍🏼
    Cloud forest was a vary nice easy hike though the this Costa Rican forest. We had a good guild told us a lot about the different species of plants and animals. Lots of bird spotting and watching, other then that we see a couple of monkeys when at the entrance, we also saw a tarantula in it burrow, vary nice. I would recommend this place for bird watching.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Stephskie2005
    East Molesey, United Kingdom577 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful walks
    The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve was absolutely beautiful. The greenery and all of the plants and trees seemed to go on forever and you could spend forever wandering around spotting all of the different plants, flowers and wildlife. Our guide, Maikol, was fantastic at pointing out such a wide variety of animals and birds with his spotting scope. The hanging bridges within the reserve were also great for different height perspectives and to really appreciate just how big the reserve is. The hummingbird bit is also not to be missed. We went in the afternoon, and following our walk ended up stopping to see the hummingbirds for a while at around 5pm and we had the whole place to ourselves. There are lots of feeders out for the birds and we saw lots of different varieties, all equally stunning and beautiful. Definitely worth a visit when in the area, and I'd happily come back and wander the other trails for hours on end!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Rachel G
    46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    Wow!! The views here were breathtaking and we had the absolute best time! My husband and I are pretty quick walkers and were able to get through all of the trails in the 5(ish) hours we spent here. If you are someone who is easily motion sick then the drive up will be very difficult. The roads are windy and very bumpy and it's a long drive. We drove from La Fortuna and left around 6 am. The drive took a few hours and wasn't an easy one. Once we got there, we paid to park at the lot and got the shuttle to the park. This was easy and kept our things safe in the car. It was one of our favorite things we did in our week in Costa Rica and are already discussing another trip to return to the cloud forrest. Some of the walks were pretty steep, but the views were gorgeous. It was nice to get there earlier in the morning because it wasn't as crowded as when the tours come in. Lots of people were dressed in pants and long sleeves, which was nice first thing. However, it did warm up. I wore shorts and a tank top (athletic clothes) and brought a flannel around my waist. I was glad I had it because at times it was chilly, but at our pace I didn't need it much after 10/11 am. If you can handle the drive and can make it up early it will be better. This is a MUST on your trip!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 12, 2023
  • mvanroy
    Merelbeke, Belgium757 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bird paradise
    This privately owned national park has different signed trails which you can discover on your own or with a guide. The official car parking is a few kilometers before the actual park entrance. Although there is a shuttle bus, a better option - if you are early enough - might be to park your car on the street. We where there around 7:30 am and we could park on a safe (the street is rather small) spot approx. 100m before the entrance gate. As many others, we decided to explore (a small part of) the park with a guide. Each guide was responsible for only a small group but the guides were helping each other out in spotting the animals. They all had their telescope or spotting scope with them which helped to spot the shy birds like the beautiful Quetzal (which we saw 3 times), the bellbird (1 female spotted) and the toucanet (1x). Through the spotting scope we were not only able to see these birds from close by but we could also make some pictures with the cell phone (the birds were often too far away to capture them even with a 300mm lens). We were very lucky with our guide as he was very knowledgeable and gave a lot of good information and background stories on the animals, epiphytes and other jungle wonders. After this bird spotting, we did the hike (or walk as it was rather easy) to the cascade / waterfall. On the way we spotted some more animals (pit viper, peccaries) and we passed some beautiful old trees, with the big strangler fig on the middle of the path being the highlight. The cascade itself is not so spectacular and only visible from rather far away. After the 2h guided walk, the guide brought us to the colibri café and gave us some information on the different hummingbirds. Interesting and beautiful, but I would have preferred to have a bit more time with the guide in the cloud forest itself. Your ticket is valid for the whole day though so you can always go back on your own. At the entrance and next to the colibri café are two souvenir shops (good choice but rather over priced).
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • einat c
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent for an easy going hike in the woods
    Great easy going morning hike. No animals at sight but the vegetation was vast. We took the Nuboso A trail to the Nuboso B trail (a bit steep) and passed a nice bridge at Caminal trail.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Louisa W
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical
    Wonderful experience wandering the trails at our leisure. Guided tours are available but we chose not to. The routes are easy to follow, and the forest is beautiful! The variety of plant life is mind blowing, we also saw various butterfly and bird species and a monkey and her (very small!!) baby!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 20, 2023
  • Ray Murphy
    Swindon, United Kingdom119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning place - bring a waterproof!
    A beautiful mix of trails which are all v clearly signposted. All well maintained. They restrict people accessing the trails (250 at any one time). So you might need to wait to be allowed in. We got our tickets and couldn’t get in for 90 mins. Prebook if you can. Bring a waterproof! I almost forgot mine, rained the whole time. Also, you need to park a the bottom of the hill and take the shuttle up.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 8, 2023
  • CraigCampbell1967
    127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and relaxing
    A nice way to spend half a day away from large crowds. Around 10 different trail routes of various lengths and elevations. Cafe/restaurant which you can go back to for a break before going back on the trails. Can get rain/misty so bring a raincoat and hat. Around 5km from Monteverde. We walked it 🙃 (mostly uphill on the way there and mostly downhill on the way back). Would recommend taxi or bus if you haven't got a car though!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Betsy G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book tickets early for Monteverde Cloud Forest
    My only suggestion is to book a day pass BEFORE you get to Costa Rica. They only let in 250 people at a time and there are many people who simply can't get in to to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Many very frustrated people. We LOVED the trails at the Cloud Forest and the Hummingbird Area. It was a highlight of the trip!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 15, 2024
  • Erik E
    Omaha, Nebraska60 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Saw some quetzals!
    Monte Verde is a really cool place, even if you aren't a tree-hugger. The environment is very rare and the plants & animals are interesting. We parked at the 'official lot' and rode the shuttle. It's only $5 and is what you are supposed to do. Many others just park along the entrance road, take a taxi, or walk in. As a result the entrance is very chaotic and congested, that is about my only complaint, but the authorities really should solve that issue, imo. Anyway, the park is great. Spoiler alert- it was misty and foggy in the cloud forest, so dress accordingly. We got a private guide and I highly recommend it (as well as booking ahead.) It's extremely unlikely you'll spot the birds, tarantulas, bats, monkeys, etc without the expertise and equipment of the pros. The trails are well maintained but are have some elevation gains so wouldn't recommend unless you are reasonable condition and stable on your feet. If you are in this area you need to go to one of the reserves and Monte Verde is a great choice.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 16, 2024
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles3,834 reviews
Excellent
2,491
Very good
899
Average
304
Poor
98
Terrible
42

grey haired wanderers
24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Spent a morning touring this reserve with a personal guide. Christiano was a great guide and aimed to please looking for animals and birds for us to see. We spotted a female quetzal, green toucan and a few other birds. Good explanations about the local flora and fauna. We were disappointed not to see more, but an hour or two or day difference could change that. After the walk we visited the hummingbird garden and saw many of these fascinating birds flitting about.
The gift shop at this reserve has some of the nicest and best priced Boruca masks (traditional indigenous masks) we found.
Written February 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alex L
Seattle, WA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is the most amazing place to see birds in Costa Rica. You will be able to see different kinds of birds you won't be able to see else where. I would highly recommend doing Monteverde and Curi-Cancha reserve if you have time. We saw so many unique birds, including t=quetzals, toucanets, keel-billed toucans, chlorophonias, euphonias. I would likely recommend you hiring a private guide specialized in birding. We went with Oscar from Nasua Tours. He is the most dedicated and most passionate guide we have ever seen. He is very specialized in birding and knows all sorts of stuff about birds and animals. He told us the sound about different birds and fruit different birds like to eat and different trees they like to perch.
Written January 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

n0vatraveller
Fairfax, VA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We went on both a day and evening hike in the cloud reserve, both guided by the amazing Eduardo! He was immensely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna and his enthusiasm was truly infectious. This is a man who truly loves his job. I recommend that anyone who visits the cloud forest reserve to book a guide because you will see and learn things you’d miss on your own but leave time for some walking on your own to visit viewpoints etc. It’s colder than one would expect for Costa Rica so wear layers!
Written February 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Troy T
North Las Vegas, NV2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Richard W
Edinburgh, UK609 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We took this two hour guided tour around the cloudforest park. Most of the time is spent with the guide trying to find the birds everyone wants to see. We were lucky in that we found a male and female resplendent quetzal building a nest, and managed to take lots of photographs. Our guide pointed out that that path would be closed by the next day, to protect the birds.
Written March 24, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Fivestarsalltheway
Gloucestershire, UK1,734 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We came yesterday and were faced with having to pay for the car park or park for free on the side of the road. We parked for free.
It was a morning tour and we were on time but oh my goodness the queues and 52 seater buses dropping off hundreds of people.
Wrist bands on we met our guide Elvin. We walked a short way up a track only to see other groups also clumped on the track. Elvin was good at his job and explained with ease all about whatever we were looking at be it birds or fauna. We endlessly followed groups around or they
We tramped through our group. We spent the first hour hardly moving at all. There was little bird life at this time of the year so our Cloud Forrest trio was a little disappointing. After we finished Elvin took us to the humming bird area where we saw 3 species .
All in all I think there should be better time slots with less people within the Forrest at any one time - therefore having a better chance to see the wildlife. If I were wild id not be popping up in front of thousands of folks with huge lenses.
Written February 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ken E
Kailua, HI69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

baytravel
san francisco100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This was definitely the highlight of our Costa Rica trip. We obtained a naturalist guide when we arrived at the reserve. Elvis was our guide and we were lucky to be in a small group of just 4 people. Elvis had a scope so he was able to point out the animals and birds and explained them in great detail. There is no way we would have seen anything but trees and leaves without a guide.

We had a car but opted instead to take a shuttle from our hotel in Santa Elena to the reserve for $5 roundtrip . I thought by taking the shuttle at 7:00AM we would arrive early when the reserve opened. Wrong. The shuttle made 4 other stops to pick up others we didn't arrive in the reserve until 8:15 so it was already busy with other tourists.

We didn't take the return shuttle due to schedule (see picture attached) and took the public bus back to Santa Elena which was really cheap, convenient and runs more often than the shuttle. The bus pulls right up to the reserve office too.

FYI - If you drive to the reserve you have to park your car a distance away and shuttle in/out of the reserve.
Written April 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

467patricia
Munich, Germany185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ZFoodieMSP
Minneapolis84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
Did the afternoon walk without guide. I can see value of guide highlighting important trees etc. Ar one point trail got a surprise incoming grp of coatimundi. Anyway they were friendly and a little scared of human.
Eventually end at the highest point and the cloud movement was majestic to watch over continental divide.
I had rain, sunny, windy, rain, sunny all in 2hr so bring rain jacket.
The bridge was closed bc of wind and trees falling on path.
There is bus from town of Santa Elena that can take you for $2, or taxi each way is about $10. Going out is uphill but coming back can be walked if you are fit. Great coffee stop at cafe Monteverde on way back.
Written January 21, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 2,952
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All things to do in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars