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“Worthwhile guided tour of the cloud forest”

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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Private Monteverde Cloud Forest Walk
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“Worthwhile guided tour of the cloud forest”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

There are two very bad dirt roads up to St Helena. Take the more southerly approach even though it is longer. The reserve's guides are very knowledgeable and can usually find birds worth seeing. Do not count on seeing much more fauna, but the flora is certainly worth the trip. Pay the admission fee ($18) and definitely the additional $15 for the guide. Lots of elevation gain, but the trails are easy to traverse.

Visited March 2014
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“Very crowded morning tours, explore yourself too”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

Arrived at 7:30 for morning guided tour. Very crowded: back room holding pen, waiting on side trail for access to trail, passing multiple groups and bird watchers on trail . So although guide was very personable and knowledgeable and we learned a lot, it was not the mystical encounter with nature we had anticipated. Also a little disneyesque: all the guides showed seem to show the same scorpion and quetzals
So after the tour we took off by ourselves and hiked til closing along the continental divide. Fewer people and quieter which gave us a better chance to experience a more natural experience. Some stretches of the trails were quite steep and slippery so watch your time and your footing

Visited February 2014
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“Top experience in Costa Rica”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

This place is a treasure. Lush forest, well market trails and great wildlife sightings. Go with a guide in the morning and then hike all day. There are two places to eat near the park entrance.
Hummingbird feeders are the coffee house outside the park are worth watching for an hour or more. Don't miss the suspension bridge in the park and the mild climb to the Continental Divide.
Trails are clearly marked.

Visited February 2014
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“A bit on the busy side”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

Whatever time of day you go it is a bit like Piccadilly Circus. Crowds & transports abound - early or late. The treks are great and the viewing opportunities numerous. We didn't use a guide and found our own pace and observations enough to have a nice mornings roam around the trails.
Remember to visit the humming birds just outside the park.

Visited February 2014
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“Stay and wander”
Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

Because I went on a guided hike, I saw many birds, through a telescope or not. However, despite the fact that I went early in the morning, the reserve was very crowded. I am not sure if it is less crowded later in the day, but the experience was somewhat lessened by the many groups of people. My guide was knowledgeable, though he admonished us frequently to enjoy the forest and so did not talk much unless prompted to by a bird. The trails themselves appear to be much more expansive than the guided tours reach. I would recommend going, because it is beautiful and there are many interesting birds, but I would suggest staying extra by yourself if you take a guided hike, so you can see more away from the crowds. The hummingbirds are also fun to see if you stop by the hummingbird feeders.

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