We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Very nice train ride for kids”

Monteverde TrainForest
Ranked #13 of 18 things to do in Santa Elena
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Two beatiful vintage trains will take the visitor through an amazing 2 hour trip through the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Ideal for family groups and people with mobility limitations. Great views of the Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, restaurant, souvenir shop and gourmet coffee shop available, open year round from 7 am to 4 pm, night tours available upon request.
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Very nice train ride for kids”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

My 2.5 year old son LOVES trains, so it was clear to us that we have to take him to on this attraction. Overall the experience was very nice and organized well. We were taken by a shuttle from our hotel and also had a shuttle back to the hotel arranged.

The train ride was about 1.5 hours in total with a nice break in the middle for sugar cane tea and cookies and light hiking in the forest. My main issue is that as this is mainly a kids attraction I would expect the tour to be a bit more kid oriented with activities/explanation more for kids, but I assume they are keeping it focused on the entire family This might be boring for people who really want to hike, but after spending the day before in the Monteverde rainforest it was a very nice additional experience for my son. It is also overpriced, but so are all of the attractions in Monteverde, and this was by far the best one we did.

Visited April 2013
Thank Danabri
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

88 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Santa Monica, California, United States
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful views”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Beautiful views of the volcano and lake that you just can't get anywhere else. Take some time to grab lunch before or after the train ride. Charming and perfect for kids, or elderly folks who have a tough time getting around or for those who don't want to hike everywhere all the time.

Visited July 2013
Thank Robert R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
San Diego, California
2 reviews
“Great trains, but too cloudy to see anything.”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

The trains were great. It had a conductor that translated in English and Spanish. Since we had a big day pland for the next day, we decided that we wanted a simple easy adventure. It fit the bill. Unfortunately, because we are in the rainforest, it was too cloudy to see the lake. But, the forest was beautiful to look at.

Visited July 2013
Thank CAPack379
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lafayette, Colorado
Level Contributor
38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Pretty awesome for kids!”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Two young kids (almost 3yo and 1) loved it VERY much. Train was neat. Guide explained lots of flora and fauna but could not answer all of our questions. At end of railways, they offered cookie with either coffee or sugar water, plus little loop hike, and view of Arenal volcano and Arenal lake. Would recommend it.

Visited May 2013
Thank Florence B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not many places like this”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

You probably won't find another place like this as it is a rain forest but higher in the mountains so it is cool even in the summer. Best to go during the spring when it is still the dry season. If you go in the fall it will be wet all the time. Be prepared for a lot of walking. And don't forget the last 20 K of road is not paved so it is very bumpy takes about an hour to slug through this experience. The town of Santa Elena has paved roads but Monteverde does not. There are a lot of great places to stay some for all budgets. Taxi's are reasonable and they know where they are going. Many of them speak some English and if you stay for any length of time you will see people you have met at the store or on the road. Everyone either knows everyone or is related to someone. There are many great places to hike. Some are guided hikes. You will see some of the most interesting animals. Some fly, some crawl. Monkeys, Toucans, Parrots, all kinds of beasty.

Visited June 2013
Thank Carmitsu
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Monteverde TrainForest also viewed

Santa Elena, Monteverde
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde
Monteverde, Province of Puntarenas
Monteverde, Province of Puntarenas

Been to Monteverde TrainForest? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing