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“Beautiful forest atmosphere, tour guide not necessary, though.”

Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Ranked #7 of 68 things to do in Monteverde
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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
Reviewed May 9, 2013

The forest is really beautiful and when I was there, there weren't a lot of people around, so that I could hear a lot of birds and beetles. just standing there for a few minutes is amazing. Unfortunately, my trip was spoilt by the tour guide. It was quite boring and it turned into a bird hunt rather than a nice tour. Also, he used words that I wouldn't recommend for children. So if you want to go, just go on your own and enjoy the forest!

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Alot of the reviews say that this park is better than monteverde because it's less crowded. That is true; however, the trails we hiked were covered in gravel which made a lot of noise, so any chance of seeing birds (and other wildlife) was lessened because they'd be frightened off by the sound of the gravel moving around when hiking. I found the trails less challenging here than in Monteverde; however, I did not have a chance to do the outer loop trail. It was sunny the day we hiked so didn't have the opportunity to experience the "cloud" forest. We hired a guide as recommended by others on tripadvisor. While we did see a sloth and a tarantula, our guide spent most of the time asking us questions which were better suited to a group of children. That said, some information was interesting. Alot of time was spent standing around rather than moving forward on the trail. He seemed to treat it as a chore.... In the end, we would have preferred to hike alone. There is a washroom and very small cafeteria at the entrance. The highlight was at the end of the day when we watched a pizote (racoon like animal) foraging near the parking lot for insects. He gave quite a show!!! Also, on the shuttle bus ride, driven by a very nice friendly driver I might add, there is an opportunity to see wildlife. Our driver spooted peccaries in the fields and allowed us to get out for photos/viewing.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Spent a very pleasant 3 hours at the reserve, hardly anyone else there. Very atmospheric and damp, didn't see that many animals although we heard lots! Worth visiting a cloud forest as very different to other forests, a bit spooky with the mist etc.

Thank Joringer
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

The sites were wonderful, but the altitude was very high and at times it was difficult to take a full breath. Beautiful flora and fauna.

Thank travelerabroad79
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is a beautiful cloud forest and well worth the time to take the short hike around the reserve. We didn't get to see much wildlife, but could hear the howler monkeys in the distance. I would suggest hiring a guide to learn more about the flora and fauna.

Thank bestofthewest58
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