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El Silencio de Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in San Ramon
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Owner description: El Silencio de Los Angeles Walk - Walk around with your head in the clouds as you step into… the heart of the cloud forest with our own nature interpreters who will unveil a secret world of rich tropical life all along this 3 kilometer user-friendly trail. Located right on the hotel property, the trail was created by our hotel’s professional nature guides and is designed to showcase a variety of tropical flora and fauna as it winds its way throughout this rare and incredibly diverse biosphere. As a part of only 2.5% of the planet’s remaining cloud forests, this unique forest habitat continues to amaze our hotel guests and guides, as well as the trained research scientists from INBio (The National Institute of Biodiversity), who stablished staff the first research station to operate on a hotel property in Costa Rica.
Reviewed January 5, 2014

One of the highlights of our visit. Great to see how the clouds roll in and out. Some clear patches and then the clouds. Very unusual.

Thank Abi-Anjali
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

I have reservations about unequivocally recommending this site, but it was nevertheless one of the highlights of our trip. Probably not for everyone, and it does not have an "adventure site."

We had difficulty finding this location, in part because we did not realize it was affiliated with the Villa Blanca hotel property. This is located about 11 km off the highway down a dirt road, so it is best to travel here with a vehicle with some off road capacity. I imagine it is difficult to travel in the rainy season (it was the "dry season" when we visited, which is not exactly dry). Follow the signs to the Villa Blanca and you will get to the property. Also, be forewarned that the canopy tour is not at this location. The canopy tour is a tour the hotel can arrange that is about 45 minutes to an hour to the north.

I am flabbergasted some reviewers were surprised it is cold and wet here: it is the cloud forest. It is not the jungle. It is high enough that it is pretty much always in clouds, which is the reason it is a fascinating place to go. It is also a high enough altitude that the temperatures are on the chilly side -- maybe 50s when we were there -- but not exactly cold. I actually got too hot in my rain jacket when we were hiking.

You are very unlikely to see any animals here other than birds, hummingbirds, and a wide variety of insects. What is fascinating about the place is the ecology of the cloud forest, how the plants have evolved to capture and store water -- lots of it in the case of the moss and many adapted flowers -- and the intensity of the competition for limited sunlight. Our tour was guided by a botanist, and was informative and "hands on." We spent about 2 and a half hours traveling about 2.5 km in an area of the reserve that was outside the trail for people who want to take a stroll in the woods. We got muddy and wet and loved every minute of it.

This is a high end property with U.S. prices in the restaurant. The tour with a guide was $26 per person, so not bad. The lunch after the tour was $160 for 4 people with salads and sandwiches. But the kids were hungry and protested they did not want to wait 90 minutes to bet back to the house in Atenas where we were staying. Food was good, but not $100 better than what we could get elsewhere. It is a beautiful facility.

The property is very attractive and has cabanas for around 20 or so guests. There is a wedding chapel on the grounds that was build by a former President of Costa Rica for his wife on their 50th anniversary (he is the former owner and his family may still own the property). It is a beautiful facility and plays host to many weddings.

Given most people are probably in search of a canopy walk, this is likely to be disappointing. We had understood from descriptions that there was a canopy walk, but were not prepared to drive another 45 minutes north to get there (see hungry kids). We were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed the tour on the property and how much we go to see. We had already been to Zoo Avenue and La Paz Gardens and Waterfalls (highly recommended), which have many animals on exhibit, so we were not expecting to see wildlife. We had also been to Manuel Antonio on a previous trip and had a great wildlife experience there.

If you have limited time in Costa Rica, I would do La Paz before this and also Zoo Avenue if you are in Alajuela area. If you have more time, the most recommended destinations are around Arenal, which is further to the north. We were in Atenas, and this made for a convenient day trip, but next time around we want to stay in the northwest and do Arenal and the Pacific northwest.

7  Thank Jack B
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

While not particularly large, we nonetheless spent >4 hours walking the trails, observing wonderful birds and vegetation. A definite must if in the area. Ask for Rodrigo as your guide to assure a learning experience.

1  Thank susan j
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

I booked a jungle tour at the Los Angelos Cloud Forest in March 2013, which is supposed to be the dry season. It was raining, misty, storming and cold. According to the guide it was too dangerous to walk in the forest due to the risk of falling branches. Due to the bad weather all animals were hiding. We made a small walk with a guide around the lodge were we saw less bird species as in my back garden at home.

4  Thank Haelen
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

A little expensive but the food was very good. The service was impeccable. The menu is very creative with a wide variety.

1  Thank Nicole S
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