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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

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Open Now: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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It is a community non profit project, located near Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The Reserve has an extension of 310 hectares, covered by a majestic Cloud Forest, in which you can observe a great variety of plants, Orchids, trees, ferns...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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4 MI North Of Santa Elena 6 km, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nicely arranged high altitude reserve with many trails and hiking options. Cool and very green cloud forest where you can see and hear rare bird such as bell bird.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank shawncarp
Reviewed September 1, 2019

We did the 3.5 hour hike, not too strenuous at all. Very few people in the park and it is well maintained. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank worldtraverleraux
Reviewed August 27, 2019

As many reviewers have accurately stated, this locally-managed Reserve is the lesser known cousin of the Monteverde Biological Reserve. It's at a higher elevation than MBR so it has a different flora and fauna. It's an easy 4WD drive past the "big box" attractions of...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Palmisto
Reviewed August 24, 2019

Beautiful and unique reserve, a must if one stays in the area. Significantly less crowded than Monteverde reserve (I was there practically on my own) and very knowledgeable, experienced guides. Would highly recommend a guided visit as part of the experience is without a doubt...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Whity_31
Reviewed August 2, 2019 via mobile

This reserve was very beautiful. We visited in the afternoon and only met a few people on the trails. Highly recommend for hiking.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 796pattie
Reviewed July 28, 2019 via mobile

Don't expect to walk this park by yourself and discover everything it has to offer. You will waste your time and money. Get a guide and be amazed of lots of data, animals, plants, pictures, etc. We spent 3.5 hours and learned a lot from...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 6, 2019

So for me it is not necessarily about the animals I might get to see, but really want information can I gain about the area, and the beauty and peace I get to experience. Our guide Marcos is really one of the most intelligent guides...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Laurie S
Reviewed June 2, 2019

This reserve is much wetter and lusher than the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. It was here we saw two different pairs of Resplendent Quetzals. We also saw many other birds, a number of small animals, and a tarantula. Spider monkeys were roaming about overhead as...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank mingfatsai
Reviewed May 30, 2019 via mobile

I feel that most of these forests and preserves require a tour guide. Especially this one our guide personalized the tour to what we wanted to see but also situation/weather permitting you can always see unexpected things on your tour. Johnny our tour guide was...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank vinitprakashp
Reviewed April 28, 2019 via mobile

Whereas Monteverde NP and Selvatura has a lot of guests, here you can have much more calm, the routes through the forest are wonderful and allow for a great nature experience. Would recommend a guided tour as you see much more.

Date of experience: April 2019
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PaddyWacks
March 22, 2019|
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Response from Reserva Bosque ... S | Property representative |
Hi, We do have a trail in concret that can be access on wheel chair, notice that this trail is about 500 mts. Circular, Mundo Joven Trail. You can access part of the Cloud Forest, The Orchid Garden, and the main building... More
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Response from Timothius | Reviewed this property |
The two parks are very close to each other. Selvatura has the bridges walk which is well maintained and can be done without a guide. The Santa Elena is more primitive - which for me is a good thing. It was much more... More
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