Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, Monteverde: Hours, Address, Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena Reviews: 4.5/5

Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
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
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, heliconias and others. Also hundreds of residents and migratory birds, as the Quetzal and the Bell bird. This Reserve is managed by the Santa Elena Technical High School .
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Alison E
Playa Samara, Costa Rica37 contributions
Affordable and worth the time!
Oct 2021
The Santa Elena cloud forest was spectacular. It took us about 3 hours to do the intermediate length trail, and we saw plenty of insects and beautiful foliage. I was able to get a discount as I was a local volunteer, so keep this in mind when visiting if you are volunteering anywhere to ask about it. The one negative comment I have is that there are no benches along the way or washrooms. This is not completely necessary to have at all, but just for anyone to keep in mind depending on your stamina and or fitness level. The path we took was not for anyone who struggles with walking and uphill and downhill slopes. Do not expect to see much wildlife like birds or sloths- and there are no hanging bridges or breathtaking views as you are completely immersed under cover.
Written November 3, 2021
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Cwhee40
Gainesville, FL154 contributions
Gorgeous and green.
Jul 2021
We really loved the trails here. We did the Encantado trail which was narrow and so, so green. It had been raining for quite a while (3 days), so it was pretty muddy in places and there were a few downed trees we had to scramble over. The youth challenge and observation tower are lovely too. We didn't see any wildlife, but I'm sure with a guide that you would. There is a small restaurant for snacks and they offer a shuttle service to town which we took advantage of. It even dropped us off at our hotel.
Written August 9, 2021
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Mikayla Adair
5 contributions
Hiking in the Forest
May 2021
Great experience hiking in the Cloud Forest. It rained the day we went but it made everything so peaceful. We had the park pretty much to ourselves. Didn't see much wildlife aside from some birds and insects, but it was beautiful nonetheless.
Written June 11, 2021
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BoardingPass399254
7 contributions
Hiking
May 2021
After visiting Curi Cancha first, the reserve here is more densly forested , making bird watching harder. But , you hear them and the hiking throught the forest was excellent. The visits by school children here to learn about their environment make supporting this place a good investment
Written May 15, 2021
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lamoses3
High Point, NC7 contributions
Skip the crowds and see birds in your own private tour
Mar 2021
Support this nonprofit and see amazing birds in a very quiet and beautiful part of the cloud forest. Johnny was our guide for an early morning private birding hike. He was extremely knowledgeable and kind. He was very sweet to our at times noisy toddler along for the ride, and patient, looking for all the birds we were hoping to find. He is a great guide, my husband had such a good time he went back later in the week for another three hour hike and despite it pouring rain Johnny with a leaky poncho and both of them falling in the mud was absolutely wonderful as a guide.
Written April 12, 2021
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Nordic_Traveler90
Switzerland115 contributions
Great hike!
Mar 2021
The nature is hard to beat.

There are different trails to take. I recommend the black one. It js also the longest one but really worth it when you want to really get to know the true cloud forrest. The long tour might take 3-4 hours, depending on your speed.

Animals where rather invisible however a few nice birds were around. Can surely recommend to anyone in the area and looking for a good time.
Written March 27, 2021
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KR1
98 contributions
Great trails for elderly people and children
Mar 2021 • Family
My mom is 71 not athletic at all and she didn’t have any problem at the Y Challenge Trail, we had an amazing volcanoes view. I am very grateful for the previous reviews that helped me find this Reserve for my mom.
Pura vida!
Written March 13, 2021
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WY22art
Wilson, WY31 contributions
Gorgeous Cloud Forest walk
Nov 2020
gorgeous forest walk. Viewing platform is fabulous over looking the canopy. Family loved it. We walked for 3 hours on the long loop.
Written December 4, 2020
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MarinaM
London, UK18 contributions
Beautiful serene walk
Mar 2020 • Couples
Santa Elena is far better than the Monteverde Cloud Forest.We enjoyed both,but this was a MUST for us.We completed all the trails with no guide on our own pace,in about 3.5 hours.Less busy as not as popular as the Monteverde one,we had the whole place to ourselves.Free parking,quiet and full of wild life throughout and the most amazing sounds of birds.Wild flora everywhere, beautiful smells! We saw monkeys,butterflies and a quetzal that for a change was not well hid.The atmosphere was clear hence we had a great view of the Arenal volcano from the Mirador point. If you are in the area it's a shame not to visit this place.Cheaper entrance than Monteverde.Keep in mind that like many other roads in the region,is a bumpy ride.
Written March 23, 2020
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margitmargalit
Ann Arbor, MI206 contributions
Small but fine to get cloud forest intro
Feb 2020 • Couples
We went here rather than to the larger and more famous theme park because more convenient to do ziplining right after a few hundred yards away. Didn't regret. Definitely use the 2.5 he guided tour as we never would have seen the camouflaged insect or the owls alone. This cloud forest has a cool history as a high school project and we learned a lot. Bring or buy a cover as it rained even in dry season.
Written February 16, 2020
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