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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

You have to understand and appreciate the cloud forest. The Monteverde Reserve is truly one of the most bio diverse places you can visit. Over 500 orchids and over 100 types of avocado grow only in this area, attracting the beautiful resplendent quetzal which is the most breathtaking bird I've ever seen. It feeds on a specific avocado that grows in the Monteverde area. I'd recommend a guide if it's your first time walking through the reserve. They know where all the hidden creatures are living. Once is not enough though and I'd recommend going back to explore more on your own. It's a peaceful magical place. The clouds roll in and it becomes an enchanting jungle! Turn your flash off your camera to truly capture the clouds and colours of the plants. A flash photo only reflects off the moisture in the air. Morning is the best time to head out....everything is waking up. They close at 4pm but do offer night tours which we've done. The sounds are amazing at night but you don't see many animals or at least we didn't.

Thank Roz-Mick
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is a wonderful spot to see primary and second growth cloud forest. Access is easy from town, and the paths are well maintained. It would however be difficult for those with mobility problems as some paths are steep and some are gravelly. Gift shops and coffee shops are available as are clean restrooms. Probably the best place to see a quetzal--but certainly not guaranteed. We saw two species of monkeys.

Thank Bo S
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

You must visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve if you are in Monteverde because the cloud forest is what makes Monteverde unique! The cloud forest consists of lush vegetation, twisting vines, and tons of epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants)! Besides spectacular plants, I saw lots of birds, a Mexican hairy porcupine, and spider monkeys.

I think you can go on guided hikes, but it is also worth just wandering around the preserve by yourself to enjoy its amazing biodiversity. Cloud forests only make up 1.2% of the Americas' tropical forests, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be in one!

They limit the number of visitors per day (I think its 120/day), so the trails are not crowded. There's a convenient bus to/from the preserve that leaves from Santa Elena and stops anywhere along the road to the reserve and costs about a $1 each way. There's very limited parking, so the bus is a great option.

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Reviewed May 29, 2014

We came to see wildlife and were disappointed. There were a few animals around and a few birds, but on the whole, we found the hike a bit much for us. We re over 65 and we should have been warned if have to be extra fit to enjoy this hike The plant life is wonderful but we could see this without huffing and puffing all around the jungle. We found early May a good time to visit. Basically the tourist season is over and the rains have not yet begun

Thank LesBarkhan
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

This place is absolutely gorgeous.

A little pricy for what it is ($30 for just the hanging bridge tour) but…I’d pay it again because it was a great experience.

I regret not hiring a guide (not sure of extra cost).

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the walk…It would have been more interesting if I knew what I was looking at.

We had to wait 45+ minutes for a shuttle with some space in it to bring us back to town.

No worries though as one of the workers offered us a free visit to the hummingbird garden to kill some time.

So many hummingbirds!


Bring a raincoat or poncho.

A pair of binoculars would be nice as well.

No restrictions on backpacks or anything so pack what you think you’ll need.

Not a long or difficult walk so your best pair of hiking shoes aren’t entirely necessary.

If you arrive with a group…Hang back in the beginning so that the loud and fast people pass you.

Or…Walk the trail in reverse (no rules against it).

Much quieter and enjoyable that way.

Thank Dan9999988888
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