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Review of Cloudbridge Nature Reserve

Cloudbridge Nature Reserve
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

We read about the Cloudbridge Nature Reserve in the Lonely Planet guide book and decided it was worth a visit. We weren't disappointed.
The Cloudbridge Nature Reserve is run by a non-profit. It was a pleasure to hike on the trails. The scenery is fantastic! Hardly anyone on the trails. A nice little "artist in residence" building is located a short distance from the trail head.
This place isn't for people who don't enjoy a good hike. There is a lot of up and down on the trails. Some of the slopes are steep. Hiking poles are a good idea. Bring your own water.
I've attached a photo of the trail map. The trailhead is located at box 1. There is an austere outhouse (box 5) along the trail but you need to bring your own toilet paper. If you continue on the trail past the end of the signed portion of the main trail you will come to a very small stream where the trail forks. If you follow the trail to the left it will make its way down to a covered cattle bridge (box 6) and if you continue down the trail for about another five or ten minutes you will eventually come to the suspension bridge (box 7) that is featured in the 2013 Lonely Planet guide book.
The place isn't overrun by tourists, probably because it isn't easy to get to. There are only two ways to get to the trail head; 4x4 or foot. The signage to get to the trail head isn't that great. You will need a SUV because of the ground clearance.
It took us a good deal of time to find this place because good maps are hard to find and directions are very poor. The easy way to get there is as follows:
Near the southeast end of San Isidro you will cross a large bridge on the Interamerican Hwy. Follow the signs to Parque Nacional Chirripo (turn northeast off the highway). Continue along the main paved road to Rivas. Keep going up to San Gerardo de Rivas along the dirt road. Once past San Gerardo you should start to see signs for Talamanca Reserve. Follow these signs to the Talamanca Reserve and then continue past the reserve. The single lane dirt road will then turn into a very rough and steep cart trail; turn on your 4 WD (don't even think of taking a car up). Keep going until you run out of path (you'll find yourself at the trail head). This should take about 45 minutes. There is enough space at the trail head to park 3 or 4 vehicles.
Make sure your brakes are in good shape because you'll need them when coming back down! Filling up the tank in San Isidro is a good idea because you're not going to find a lot of gas stations along the way. Have a great time and don't be afraid to leave a donation to help this group out with preserving this wonderful place!

Visited January 2014
5 Thank GLENN S
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Kfar Saba, Israel
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“Do not miss this nature reserve!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2014

The Cloudbridge Nature Reserve is beautiful and set up well so that you can take a short or long hike depending on how much time you have and/or how far you want to hike. The falls are beautiful as is all the scenery. Even if you only have time for a short 1 hour walk, you will be able to see some stunning scenery. This really reminded me of many of the Disney movies where you see a a lush jungle and then beautiful hidden waterfalls.

Take a photo of the map/s on the way so you can see where you are. As you continue into the reserve, each map will show more places to hike along. The main path is very clearly marked. If you go off to one of the smaller paths, it is easy to get lost because you can't always find the trail markers of ribbons on trees. Make sure you notice your steps, so if needed. you can return the way you came to find the main trail again.

I did not continue on the trail that goes over the bridge, but the other people I was hiking with did and said that is the way the trail goes..

This is the perfect place to spend your day after you pick up your pass to hike Chirripo, or you can begin or end you Chirripo hike here. There are no waterfalls or rivers on your way up to Chirripo, so this lovely hike compliments your trek up and gives you the perfect combination for truly enjoying the best that the rain forest has to offer.

Take the road above Hotel Uran and the Casa Mariposa, pass the beginning of the Chirripo climb "The Thermometer", and I think about 500 m after you will reach the entrance to the reserve.

The reserve asks for donations.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank Oran A
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Wheaton, Illinois
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“One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

We wanted to do some hiking in the mountains of Costa Rica but we wanted to try and say away from the overly tourist areas. We ended up visiting Cloudbridge Nature Reserve and we couldn't have been happier. It turned out to be one of the most beautiful hikes we have ever done. We basically had the place to ourselves and really only saw one other hiker the entire day. There were some challenging parts and there was a lot of hiking uphill but it was still very enjoyable.

Visited January 2014
Thank Michael V
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Arvada, Colorado
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4 reviews
“Great place to see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

We went hiking in the cloudbridge reserve. It is one of the greatest hikes I ever did. The trials are nice and are getting more and more challenging the further you get away from the entrance. You will see some amazing waterfalls and you can go swimming in the river in this reserve. I also have seen a monkey!
I would really recomend this not overcrowded reserve.

Visited January 2014
Thank Lisa W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

Hiking in Cloudbridge Nature Reserve is a must. A beautiful rainforest with many birds, lots of wildlife, waterfalls and rivers. There is a real variety of trails from easy to difficult. Something for everyone.

Visited December 2012
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