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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

#6 of 64 things to do in Monteverde Features Animals
4 MI North Of Santa Elena 6 km, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5390
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The wild

The mystical cloudforest, just as in the story books or films. It really has a magic touch of... read more

Reviewed May 12, 2015
olek o
Santa Elena reserve

This is a beautiful place to hike without too many challenging trails, and having a guide makes it... read more

Reviewed May 9, 2015
michael c
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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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, heliconias and others. Also hundreds of residents and migratory birds, as the Quetzal and the Bell bird. Entrance Fee foreign Regular $14 Entrance Fee foreign student $7 Regular Guided walk $15 + Entrance Fee Private Guided Walk $75 + Entrance Fee
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4 MI North Of Santa Elena 6 km, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5390
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Reviewed May 12, 2015

The mystical cloudforest, just as in the story books or films. It really has a magic touch of unseen going on. The birds, insects, animals, trees, plants, and flowers are all around, overwealming situ presence and power! The greens and greys are simply splendid. Garantee...More

Thank olek o
Reviewed May 9, 2015

This is a beautiful place to hike without too many challenging trails, and having a guide makes it more interesting. Easy to moderate 2-3 hour walking about on maintained trails, No dangerous areas, just some up/down terrain. Many birds and plants to learn about. Less...More

Thank michael c
Reviewed May 6, 2015

Not having a car with us, we chose this reserve over the others as it offered collection from our hotel. Unfortunately this didn't work out, as the shuttle arrived early and drove off without pause; we were inside reception not 20 feet from the door...More

Thank bectoria
Reviewed April 27, 2015

Great walk with a fantastic guide (Fernanda)...we saw/understood much more than on our own. The reserve is huge, flora and fauna are impressive and the paths are very good. All the benefits go to the High school of Santa Elena so let's go for it...More

Thank Evelyne v
Reviewed April 25, 2015

Our tour of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest was really terrific. Our guide was Fernanda and she was very knowledgeable with excellent English speaking skills and a very pleasant personality. She adjusted the tour to meet our timing needs and my parents (73 and 76),...More

1  Thank MatiseFamily
Reviewed April 18, 2015

I recently visited this park and was a bit disappointed, first by the entrance fee of 20$ without a guide, that I would not recommend anyway. It is one of the most expensive entrance fee I paid in the whole central america. Then the cloudforest...More

Thank heytangi
Reviewed April 16, 2015

For someone who does not do allot of hiking this is a great hike with several trail options. A majority of the trails are groomed and easy to follow. There was nothing about this we did not like other than the direction we took on...More

1  Thank Tnhiker78
Reviewed April 8, 2015

Liked this park but was hoping to see a few more birds or even animals. The park itself is beautiful with lots of plants and vines. Took the Del Bajo trail which was about an hour long. Really liked that it was cooler than the...More

Thank sunnysal
Reviewed April 5, 2015

We joined a small party with a guide to explore the forest at night. We saw agoutis and zivotes, a tarantula (tempted out of its hole by a stick!), fireflies, and one or two small insects. Obviously the guide cannot predict what we may or...More

1  Thank Margaret P
Reviewed March 23, 2015

Like walking into a dream forest. A tropical wonderland. Very beautiful and different from the forest in Monteverde. This is on the Caribbean slope and the other the Pacific slope so they are very different from each other in flora and fauna.

2  Thank coffeeguycr
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Diana R
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Response from Peter V | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, my Spanish is not good enough.