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“Almost private guided tour in early morning”

Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Ranked #6 of 63 things to do in Monteverde
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Owner description: It is a community non profit project, located near Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The Reserve has an extension of 310 hectares, covered by a majestic Cloud Forest, in which you can observe a great variety of plants, Orchids, trees, ferns, heliconias and others. Also hundreds of residents and migratory birds, as the Quetzal and the Bell bird. Entrance Fee foreign Regular $14 Entrance Fee foreign student $7 Regular Guided walk $15 + Entrance Fee Private Guided Walk $75 + Entrance Fee
Seattle, Washington
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Almost private guided tour in early morning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Got here in the early morning for guided hike and there was only 1 other traveler for the tour! Almost private for only $15-20 (can't remember exact price). Guide was fully bilingual and pointed out many animals (tarantulas, birds, frogs, sloths, etc) that I would've never found on my own. He had a huge telescope that I could put my camera on to get awesome zoomed in shots. I would definitely recommend this cloudforest over the Monteverde counterpart as it is so much less crowded and you see the same stuff. Bring a waterproof jacket!

Visited January 2013
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Madrid, Spain
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“OK”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

For some reason I thought this was going to be a bit more "wow", but it was fun none the less. However, there are higher ones in actual Monte Verde (not Santa Elena), or so I've been told.

Visited December 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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“A great birding guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

Birdwatching in the cloud forest can be very challenging, so hiring a guide makes a lot of sense. We spent a morning with Johnny, a very experienced birder and long time employee of Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. He was really amazing, as he knew all the bird calls and was able to make their sounds, thus attracting the birds. He knew their habits and habitats so could soon spot them. Even though he has been birding for many years, he is still enthusiastic about being out in nature and showing the beautiful birds to interested visitors. Johnny can be reached between 8-9 p.m. central standard time at 506 2645 5390

Visited January 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Well organied night hike with great opportunity to view wildlife.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

We finally saw those sloths. The guies communicate animal locations to maximize your chances of seeing wild life. Besides the sloths, kinkajus, coatis, we saw 2 pitvipers and a taratuntula. Our guide was energietic and mad the tour trully fun.

Visited February 2013
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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“Monkeys!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

Another awesome place to see in Costa Rica. The forest is very beautiful and different from Monteverde Cloud Forest. It is a bit smaller - the hiking paths, but still amazing with nice point of view. And the most awesome thing was that we saw a lot of monkey!!! At one spot they were everywhere jumping around. Really great experience - must see!

Visited December 2012
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