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Monteverde Lodge & Gardens / Optional Activities

Have you thought about the optional activities that you would like to do while you in Monteverde?

There is so much to do in Monteverde, it's worth taking some time to review the activities that are available and plan your days. Below you will find descriptions and prices for many different activities.

These activities are chosen to give you the best experiences available in the region. The best time of day to do these activities varies from month to month. Once you know what you would like to do, fill out the Online Reservation Request and in the comment box that is provided, let us know which tours you would like to do. When your Travel Planner confirms your reservations he/she will make suggestions so that you get the maximum benefit of each experience.

If you don't want to pre-book these tours, we are happy to make reservations for you upon check in at the lodge.

Don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.


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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Excursion

The extensive trail system of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve offers short, intermediate and long hikes winding through several different types of vegetation. At the Monteverde Reserve you will see secondary forest that is fully recovered and primary forests. You will have the opportunity to visit the Continental Divide and hike in the dwarf forests that have adapted to the winds and the rains of this impressive location.

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Santa Elena Reserve Excursion

The lesser known Santa Elena Reserve is a cloud forest that should not be missed. Its higher elevation makes it cooler with more wind you often hike in the clouds, giving you a real sense of a Cloud Forest. The Santa Elena Reserve sits on the Caribbean Slope and has an extensive trail system covering patches of secondary forest as well as extensive areas of primary forest. Depending on your interest the trail system offers short, intermediate and long hikes.

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Curi-Cancha Reserve

Curi-Cancha Reserve protects 96 hectares or 237 acres of forest. Approximately 50% of the reserve is covered in fully recovered forest, 45% consists of secondary forest and the remaining 5% is open areas.

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Ecological Sanctuary

Walk just 10 minutes through the forest from Monteverde Lodge to the Ecological Sanctuary. This small privately owned reserve is part of a biological corridor, located in a transitional forest that goes from tropical moist forest to tropical dry forest.

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Ecological Sanctuary Twilight Tour

Meet your Naturalist Guide in the lobby of Monteverde Lodge where you will have short introduction and get your flashlight for the evening. Begin your night hike in the extensive gardens of Monteverde Lodge where many creatures make their home.

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Children’s Eternal Rainforest
Bajo del Tigre Trail

With a unique and rich diversity of flora and fauna, Bajo del Tigre, a small area of the Children's Eternal Rain Forest of Costa Rica is in a transition zone from pre-mountain wet forest to pre-mountain moist forest.

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Monteverde Butterfly Garden Tour

The Monteverde Butterfly Garden experience is based on hands on education. Highly educated guides will help you learn about spiders and insects from all over the Monteverde region. Tours take about an hour and fifteen minutes and a guide is included with the price of admission.

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Monteverde Bat Jungle Tour

This exhibit provokes a new appreciation for the often misunderstood creatures of the night. The Bat Jungle exhibit is the culmination of 40 years of research conducted throughout the world by Dr. Richard LaVal a long time member of the Monteverde community.

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Don Juan Coffee & Chocolate Tour

Don Juan Cruz was born to one of the first pioneering families to settle in the Monteverde area. For most of his life he has been associated with coffee and has always enjoyed sharing his history and the culture with frequent visitors to his small farm. Monteverde is a good place to learn about the process required to create a great cup of coffee using authentic techniques that date back a few generations.

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Monteverde Trapiche (Sugar Mill) Tour

The Monteverde Trapiche or Sugar Mill tour is run by a local family who will show you the process that was used at the turn of the century to grow and process sugar.

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Horseback Riding In Monteverde
Morning, Early Afternoon or Sunset

The El Rodeo stable is among the best stables for horseback riding in Costa Rica. Their healthy horses are great looking and well taken care of; they are also quite well trained. You will be met in the lobby of Monteverde Lodge for the 10 minute drive to the stables.

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Frog Pond

Visitors can admire more than 25 species of native frogs, toads and other amphibians living in large, naturally-simulated terrariums. A bilingual guide accompanies visitors during each tour and teaches them about the frogs’ history, habitat, and unique characteristics.

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Serpentarium

This amphibian and reptile zoo is a perfect place to learn about the fauna of Costa Rica. The facilities are spacious and care has been taken in recreating the natural environment for animals. Here you can appreciate more than 40 species of snakes, reptiles, lizards, spiders, iguanas, amphibians and land-turtles.

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Orchid Garden

The Orchid Garden located in Santa Elena offers a rare opportunity to see orchid species that are normally found in the Cloud Forest canopy and almost impossible to see.

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In Monteverde after passing World of Insects on your left, take the right fork in the road, drive 500 meters to the entrance of the lodge on your right.
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If you are a guest at the hotel, and want to smoke, by law you are required to leave the property. This is a 300 meter walk to the road outside the main gate, day or night, rain or shine. We realize that this is very inconvenient, but it’s the law. There is an $800 fine for breaking this law.

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