Things to Do in Monteverde

Things to Do in Monteverde, Costa Rica - Monteverde Attractions

Things to Do in Monteverde




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  • Melissa A
    Victoria, Canada49 contributions
    This is a popular park and it gets crowded, which is annoying. Easiest to go with a guide who has purchased the tickets in advance. Ours went at 6:30 AM to buy the tickets for our 8:30 AM tour. I found the guides worked cooperatively to share sightings, and they delivered on the “money bird”, the resplendent quetzal. It is super helpful to have your own binoculars. The forest is dense and with a group, one might only get a few seconds looking rough the guide’s scope. Without a guide it would be difficult to spot many things, including a well-camouflaged side-striped pit viper coiled in a distant tree, and the green-fronted lancebill (hummingbird) at the waterfall. We saw at least 20 species of birds. Our guide, Kevin, was excellent. After the tour we walked on our own to the continental divide via the Sendoro Nuboso (much steeper but lovely with good monkey sightings). At the continental divide it was misty but it was nice to be away from the crowds of other people. We were going to take a transit bus back but they are infrequent so caught a lift with a couple who had a rented car. Just outside the park entrance, don’t miss the hummingbird feeders.
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • MItravelwriter
    Detroit, MI30 contributions
    This wonderful private reserve is under the radar and not as crowded as the other parks. I highly suggest taking a natural history tour. Your guide will help you find wildlife and teach you so much about the jungle and its inhabitants. With our guide’s help, we saw spider monkeys, agouti, toucanettes, a hummingbird nest, a tarantula and microscopic orchids.
    Written February 16, 2024
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  • Travelbugreviewer
    new jersey74 contributions
    Close to Santa Elena town. On the right out of town if heading toward the Monteverde cloud forest. Down a road with several restaurants and then a steeper section to the entrance. It was signposted. There was a small parking lot. We went through four separate zones with a knowledgeable guide. There's also a bug room with spiders. Whilst I hate them, they were fascinating and interesting to see. You go round with a guide first and can then go round again on your own at leisure which was nice to hang around and see them for longer. Saw many birds on the walk round. They list the birds seen on the chalk board near reception. An impressive list. Think we spent about 2 hours here. I think I cost $20 each and closes around 3pm. Kids would like this place.
    Written February 9, 2024
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  • Olivia P
    13 contributions
    I can't recommend the Cafe de Monteverde coffee tour enough! Our experience from start to finish was amazing and beyond our expectations! We bought the tour tickets that included lunch, so we were escorted to the cafeteria when we arrived about an hour before our tour started. We were served an amazing vegetarian lunch, cup of coffee, specialty drink, and a rice dessert! The service was exceptional and the food was amazing.

    Norman was our guide and he was so kind and friendly! He answered all of our questions and provided thorough explanations about everything he showed us throughout the tour. He has loads of experience having been there for 13 years! We learned so much about the process of making coffee (from planting all the way to roasting/serving) and this was one of the best experiences we had in all of Costa Rica! The farm is absolutely beautiful and they focus on sustainability and natural processes, which we absolutely loved. We enjoyed learning about everything from how the plants grow to making organic fertilizers and everything in between.

    Since we went during harvest season, we even got to pick handfuls of coffee fruits, as well as to try several different varieties of the fruits. There is also a massive Guava tree on the farm that was so beautiful and the biggest we've ever seen. At the end of the tour, you get to do a coffee tasting where you get to try all of their different varieties (natural process, honey process, light roast, medium roast, and dark roast). We bought several bags of coffee in their shop and are already thinking we may not have bought enough!

    A few days later, we did another coffee tour in La Fortuna, which was also fantastic in its own right, but it feels worth mentioning that we learned the most about coffee farming and had the most immersive experience at Cafe de Monteverde! Unbelievable experience overall!
    Written January 12, 2024
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  • Lisa W
    Worcestershire, UK323 contributions
    The guide was engaging and gave us a host of information on bats which was both fascinating and informative. I left feeling like i wanted to be working at the project!
    The bat enclosure is a lovely addition but you need a good camera to get good shots!
    A little pricey at £15 per person but we were glad we went. There is a cafe above the bat jungle but it wasnt open while we were there to comment.
    Written January 31, 2024
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  • Vacationer611661
    7 contributions
    Our family did a guided tour with tour from the reserve first thing in the morning. It was very informative and so beautiful. Monteverde reserve was fully booked, but Santa Elena was wonderful because it wasn't crowded at all, and I'm sure the nature information and plant life is the same. Paths are easy to walk, and after the tour ended, we continued to wander by ourselves. Beautiful lookout, too, if you get clear weather!
    Written January 27, 2024
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  • Roz57_13
    Oriental, NC103 contributions
    An information packed hour that was well worth the $17 per person entrance fee. David our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and answered all our questions. It’s a small garden absolutely packed with orchids any of which were in bloom.
    Written February 12, 2024
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  • MItravelwriter
    Detroit, MI30 contributions
    This lovely reserve is part of the world reknown Children’s Eternal Rainforest. Only a small percentage is used for tourism and the rest is for the animals. The well-marked trails take you through a dense forest. You can walk to El Mirador for a spectacular view. This is more of a low-key hiking experience than the other more well-known preserves.
    Written February 16, 2024
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  • P hernández
    Monteverde, Costa Rica3 contributions
    Me, my brothers, and my teacher all went on a permaculture tour recently at the Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm. Since arriving in Costa Rica we have done several farm tours, however this one was most certainly my favorite. We started out in the classroom learning about the basics of permaculture and sustainability, afterwards we toured their grounds and farm. Overall, it was really fun to see sustainability on such a scale and the many ways that they approached it. I would 100% do it again!
    Written February 13, 2024
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  • Travelbugreviewer
    new jersey74 contributions
    We saw the overhanging platforms for this reserve from the other side of the valley whilst at Baja del Tigre, so went to investigate where they were. Valle Escondido Reserve It's just down the road from the Butterfly place in Santa Elena. (On the right of the road if leaving Santa Elena and heading to Monteverde). It's a private reserve that's part of a hotel. You can take a photo of the route map on the wall to follow. Lots of self guided trails. Nice walk, you can make short or long as the trails criss cross. Many stunning overlooks of the valley and across to Baja del Tigre. You can see out to the ocean. Clearly marked trails. Quite a lot of ups and downs and side trails with stairs. It's harder to find this reserve as it's not as well signed, so it's much quieter, so you're more likely to see things. THEY DO HAVE AN AREA ACCESSIBLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS. There's a cafe and toilets. It was very environmentally friendly at the hotel with many green practices, part of the walk takes you through an area explaining all that they do for the environment. Entry was $18 per person. Closes at 3pm ish and opens at 7am ish. I think they do evening hikes here which I imagine would be much less touristy than many of the other night tours in the area.
    Written February 8, 2024
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  • Drew W
    Boston, MA39 contributions
    I highly recommend the Skywalk in addition to walking the trails of the Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. When we visited the Skywalk in the early morning we were able to spot monkeys and quetzals, which were incredible to see in wild. The views are stunning from the bridges.

    This Skywalk is operated and maintained by Sky Adventures. You buy your ticket at the same facility that operates the ziplines and tram. This is a modern facility with a nice restaurant and gift shop.

    Note that if you're fearful of heights, the Skywalk may not be your thing. There's six suspension bridge. The longest span is 700 feet with a height above the forrest floor or 160 feet!
    Written April 4, 2022
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  • Brenna K
    1 contribution
    The coffee tasting was absolutely amazing! Chris is a coffee wizard and the experience was very informative. I learned a ton about the coffee making process and got to try the best coffee I’ve ever had. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone!
    Written January 21, 2024
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