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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Excursion

Guided excursion with transportation included
Duration: 4 hours
Includes: The services of a Naturalist Guide in a group of no more than 9 guests when shared, and only your group when reserved privately, round trip transportation, entrance fee to the Reserve and to the Hummingbird Gallery. Also, 1 bottle of water p/person.
**Requires a minimum of two guests
Shared Adult Rate Shared Child Rate Private Adult Rate Private Child Rate
$70 $55 $95 $75
Guided excursion without transportation
Duration: 4 hours
Includes: The services of a Naturalist Guide in a group of no more than 9 guests when shared, and only your group when reserved privately, and entrance fee to the Reserve. Also, 1 bottle of water p/person.
**Requires a minimum of two guests
Shared Adult Rate Shared Child Rate Private Adult Rate Private Child Rate
$60 $45 $85 $65
Entrance fee + transportation (self guided)
Duration: As long as you like
Includes: Round trip transportation, entrance fee to the Reserve and 1 bottle of water p/person.
**Requires a minimum of two guests
Shared Adult Rate Shared Child Rate Private Adult Rate Private Child Rate
$35 $25 NA NA
Entrance fee without transportation (self guided)
Duration: As long as you like
Includes: Entrance fee to the Reserve.
Shared Adult Rate Shared Child Rate Private Adult Rate Private Child Rate
$19 $9 NA NA

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.

This reserve is the best place to observe the Resplendant Quetzal, which if you're lucky can be seen January through July. It is also the Reserve where you have a better chance of seeing mammals although it's not likely that you will see many species. For mammals you may want to consider a visit to the Ecological Sanctuary or spend some time in the Monteverde Lodge Gardens where the White-Faced Capuchin, the Two and Three-Toed sloth, the Agouti and Coatimundi visit regularly.

At the entrance to the Monteverde Reserve, visit the Hummingbird Garden where you will have the opportunity to see and photograph as many as nine different species of hummingbirds. You may also want to bring some extra cash along; there are two very nice shops right outside the Reserve entrance.

If you are not reserving a complete package (which already includes this tour) we highly recommend that you reserve your Cloud Forest experience at the same time you reserve your room. You can do this by writing a comment in the comment box on the Reservation Form.

You can also book this tour once you are in Monteverde Lodge with the front desk.

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Which Reserve to Choose?

Monteverde Cloud Forest Trails
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
PROS CONS
Views from the Continental Divide

Very high visitation during peak times. Will meet many other travelers. Will have to share the sighting of a bird or animal.

Easier to sight the Resplendant Quetzal
Primary and Secondary Forest
Extensive Trail System
Trails protected from wind
Hummingbird Gallery with 9 species
Santa Elena Reserve
Santa Elena Reserve
PROS CONS
Much less visitation, you can hike and view birds and wildlife with minimal interruptions from other groups.

Can be colder.
Not all trails are protected from wind.
Trails slightly steeper.

Easier to sight the Three Wattled Bell Bird
Primnary and Secondary Forest
Possible to hike to a lookout point with a view of Arenal Volcano
Hummingbird Gallery with 5 species
Offers more botanical variety

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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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