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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 June 2013

Our tour guide and driver were both VERY nice and friendly. They took great care of us. We went on a day where the sky was clear so we didn't see a lot of clouds, but instead we were able to see a lot of animals and insects instead. The drive to Monteverde was very bumpy so just expect that on the way. The butterfly garden was VERY interesting to see. They also showed us some insects that live in the Cloud Forest as well and told us interesting facts about each one of them. We also got to release new butterflies as well which was really nice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Best Tour Ever!!! We had absolutely the best tour guide and driver in the world! Carlos and Mauricio were amazing, and we had the time of our lives. We saw so much along the way, had an a fabulous breakfast and lunch, and the rainforest was just spectacular. It's a long day, but worth making the trip. The road to Monteverde is very bumpy, but half the fun. We loved this tour!.

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