5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

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  • Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Explore the tropical treetops of Costa Rica on this canopy tour in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve! You’ll walk high above the forest floor along a 2-mile series of suspension bridges, crossing separate ecological zones that support an abundance of wildlife including several hundred species of birds. After looking for bellbirds and quetzals, set foot inside Monteverde’s famous butterfly garden to learn about the world’s most beautiful winged insects as well as other fascinating creatures!

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Monteverde Butterfly Garden from Guancaste
  • Take a 2-hour canopy tour along eight suspension bridges in the fog-laden forest
  • Hear and see extraordinary wildlife including a variety of tropical birds
  • Visit the controlled-climate butterfly garden and medicinal plant garden
  • Learn about insects, arachnids and leaf cutter ants in the biodiversity center
  • Round-trip transport, lunch and entrance fees included

What You Can Expect

Monteverde Cloud Forest and Butterfly Garden from Guanacaste

Visit the Butterfly Garden

When you arrive at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve after hotel pickup, embark on a treetop walkways tour led by your guide. Crossing almost 2 miles (3 km) of sturdy suspension bridges built high off the ground, you’ll experience the splendor of the rainforest canopy. Walk along eight different bridges ranging in length from 150-510 feet (50-170 meters)!

The private reserve, administered by the Tropical Science Center, includes six ecological zones that protect a wide variety of insects, butterflies and mammals – such as the ocelot and tapir – plus thousands of plant species. Your guide will point out trees draped with fascinating flora such as bromeliads, ferns, vines and beautiful orchids – including 420 varieties!

At an elevation of 4,660 feet (1,440 meters) above sea level, watch the fog envelop the forest and slowly drip from the tallest tree branches to feed the ecosystem it supports. Listen and look for more than 400 species of birds, such as the three-wattled bellbird, bare-necked umbrella bird and resplendent quetzal, as you move through the majestic forest.

After approximately two hours above ground, descend to the forest floor and head with your group to the nearby Monteverde Butterfly Garden, or mariposario, for a visit. In this controlled climate that hovers around 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) to support more than 20 butterfly species, you’ll learn about the insects’ life cycle and adaptations that helped them evolve for their rainforest habitat.

On your guided walk through the butterfly exhibit, admire some of the world’s most beautiful creatures. Then, stroll through the medicinal plant garden and visit the biodiversity center to see informative displays of insects and arachnids. Here, witness a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis and observe live insects in action via bug cameras. Don’t miss seeing the leaf cutter ant colony before return transport to your Guanacaste-area hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was a great trip. Our tour guide, Jose was excellent; he was knowledgeable and seemed to really enjoy what he does. He's a great wildlife spotter! Good food at two different local restaurants. the only concern is the last hour of the drive is incredibly rocky and makes for a very rough ride.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our tour guide Brian was a sweaty, he helped to spot birds, and wildlife such as a sloth, and monkeys. We were fed the most amazing food, they really have culinary skills. The hanging bridges were amazing we walked above the canopy on 10 individual bridges. We then went to a butterfly farm and hummingbird habitat, that was okay. Lastly we went to a coffee plantation where we were told how coffee was picked, how different roasts were made as well as cocoa and sugarcane. Very informative.

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