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Ascend into the enchanting cloud forest of Costa Rica with a full-day tour to Monteverde (Curi Cancha Reserve) including its famous butterfly garden. Trek through the rain forest with a naturalist-guide who helps you spot the abundance of wildlife and tropical birds that live among Monteverde’s diverse ecosystems. Stroll through a beautiful butterfly garden and hummingbird gallery for up-close views of these winged creatures. After this pleasant immersion in nature, finish your day with a tour at Don Juan’s coffee plantation. Lunch and hotel transport included.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde Butterfly Garden and Don Juan coffee plantation
  • Enjoy a guided hike through the rain-forest reserve
  • Hear and see extraordinary wildlife including a variety of tropical birds
  • Visit the controlled-climate butterfly garden and a hummingbird gallery
  • Tour a cheese factory and see how cheese is made locally
  • Visit a longstanding coffee plantation, and learn how coffee, chocolate and sugarcane are produced from start to finish
  • Round-trip hotel transport from Guanacaste, breakfast, lunch and entrance fees included

What You Can Expect

Monteverde Cloud Forest and Butterfly Garden from Guanacaste

Visit the Butterfly Garden

The Monteverde Cloud Forest (Curi Cancha) Reserve in Costa Rica sits 4,660 feet (1,440 meters) above sea level, where a blanket of clouds and mist provides a unique, wet habitat that’s home to six distinct ecosystems and amazing biodiversity. Begin your cloud forest adventure with early morning pickup at your Guanacaste-area hotel. Enjoy breakfast on board during the 2-hour drive through the scenic Costa Rican countryside and up the famously bumpy roads leading to Monteverde.

Upon arrival, embark on an hour-long hike in the reserve. Your guide points out native plants and wildlife that make their home in this incredible environment.

Next, visit a hummingbird gallery, as well as the famous Monteverde Butterfly Garden, where you’ll observe more than 20 species of native butterflies. Prepare to feel the tickle of tiny wings and feet, as butterflies may land on you if you’re lucky! As you learn about the fascinating life cycle of these insects, you’ll have a chance to watch a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.

Leave the reserve enjoy lunch and then finish the day with a final stop at Don Juan’s coffee plantation, named after one of the original settlers in the area. Inhale heady scents as you learn how coffee, chocolate and sugarcane are harvested and processed in this region of Costa Rica.

After this satisfying day of sightseeing, enjoy transport back to your Guanacaste hotel.

Customer Reviews

Eric S

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.

Bonnie

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.

Susan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Viator always provides a first rate experience. They pick you up at your hotel and contract with the top local tour companies so the trip is flawless. Our trip to the cloud forest was amazing with a knowledgeable guide. In addition, we saw the hummingbird and butterfly gardens. And the bonus, on the way home in the van our guide spotted two toucans at the top of the tree -- not an easy find in Costa Rica regardless of what the tourist information says. My advice -- before you go somewhere, just book your trip with Viator online and they will get it done for you the right way. It beats the time consuming process of talking to all of the tour agencies once you get to your destination.

Gulnaz H

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.

James W USA

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!.

Antonella P

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Monteverde is a must see! The hanging bridges and lush forest are such a magical experience. Best part was getting to hold a hummingbird! So cool! Walking paths and bridges are really manageable. Only disappointment is that the tour description lists that we would be visiting a coffee plantation and cheese factory however, we did not get to do this. Not sure if it was because we had a small group and the guide thought it wasn't worth it? Regardless, tour description listed that we would be doing these activities and was included in what we paid for, so not getting to do them is really unprofessional. Butterfly garden is ok, not really worth seeing to be honest. I also hoped to see some sloths in Monteverde, but didn't. Saw more wildlife at Andaz. Ride to Monteverde is extremely long and bumpy roads. Well worth enduring, but be forewarned. This tour is great, just make sure to give everyone what you're describing. False advertisement, but still a really amazing experience. I recommend this one!!

Brian P

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

The tour guide knows his botany of the area very well. He did a great job explaining the ecosystem of the cloud forest. The park is well maintained and a very pleasant place to spend a day in. The roads to the park are poor, but once you are there it is worth it. The entomologist at the butterfly park was very entertaining and talked a lot more than just butterflies. She went into depth about insects in the cloud forest and Costa Rica. In the butterfly park, they showed you how to get one on your hand for pictures. It was fun.

Analiz E

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

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Shannon

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

It was great! The views from the suspension bridges were fantastic. Both the tour guide and driver were knew their stuff and taught us so much. And the butterfly garden was much more interesting than I had thought it would be. On a personal note: I do wish this tour had more of a hiking component

Annette L

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

This trip was very good. We were able to see monkeys in their natural habitat. The guide was terrific. The drive is very long but is an opportunity to see the beautiful landscape. I also enjoyed the butterfly garden. The meal provided was one of the best meals I had while in Costa Rica. It is worth your time.

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