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  • Address: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Monte Verde, Costa Rica

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Tours

Situated atop the Continental Divide, this high-altitude forest is literally shrouded in clouds. Wisps of fog trail through the lofty canopy, creating the perfect environment for thousands of animal and plant species. Here you can find wild orchids, colorful birds, and sinuous jungle cats—plus scenic mountaintop vistas.
 
The Basics
A gem of Central America, Monteverde Cloud Forest spans more than 35,089 acres (14,200 hectares) of land and contains 8 miles (12.9 kilometers) of trails. Trek through the lush reserve and immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s rich wilderness; spot rare wildlife; climb to “La Ventana,” a scenic overlook with panoramic views; and take a photo on the Continental Divide with one foot on the Pacific side and the other on the Caribbean side.
 
Guided tours of the reserve cover a wide range of interests. Nature lovers can head out on a guided hiking excursion, night tour, or private bird-watching tour, while thrill seekers can fly through the treetops on ziplines or traverse the park’s series of hanging bridges on a canopy tour. For an in-depth experience, it’s also possible to visit Monteverde Cloud Forest on a multiday tour of Costa Rica’s northwestern highlights.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Remember to bring comfortable shoes, sun protection, and plenty of water.
  • An on-site restaurant offers traditional Costa Rican dishes.
  • The road to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is half paved and half unpaved; a vehicle equipped with 4-wheel drive is recommended.
 
How to Get There
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is located along the Cordillera de Tilaran mountain range, roughly three hours by road from San José. Bus services connect San José to Santa Elena. From there, a transportation service runs periodically to the reserve.
 
When to Get There
The most popular time to visit is during Costa Rica’s dry season (mid-December to April), when the weather is ideal for exploring. Arrive early in the day if you want to avoid crowds.
 
Exploring the Reserve
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve contains four different ecological zones and also includes Monteverde Biological Reserve, Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, the Children's Eternal Rainforest, and part of the Arenal Volcano National Park. Most of the reserve is still comprised of untouched forest.

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11-Day Tour from San Jose: Monteverde Cloud Forest and Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano and Manuel ... 
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11-Day Tour from San Jose: Monteverde Cloud Forest and Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Parks

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Explore nature up close on this 11-day tour of Costa Rica, including Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 11 days (approx.)

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Zipline and Hanging Bridges Combo Tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest, Tamarindo, Multi-day Tours
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Zipline and Hanging Bridges Combo Tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest

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Take a trip out the thick of the rainforest in Monteverde. There are a wide varity of activites to choose from, and our favorites are the extreme ziplining and ...  Read more

Location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00
Monteverde Cloud Forest and Butterfly Garden from Guanacaste, Guanacaste and Northwest, Ziplines
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Monteverde Cloud Forest and Butterfly Garden from Guanacaste

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Explore the tropical treetops of Costa Rica on this canopy tour in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve! Set foot inside Monteverde’s famous butterfly garden to ...  Read more

Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

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9-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud ... 
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9-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Guanacaste

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Experience Costa Rica's northwestern highlights on this 9-day tour, including Arenal Volcano National Park, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, Monteverde Cloud ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 9 days (approx.)

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13-Day Tour of Costa Rica's National Parks: Hiking, Beaches, Nature and Culture, San Jose, ... 
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Duration: 13 days (approx.)

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