Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
4.5
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Salaamus
    Turlock, California186 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cloud forest on clear day 👍🏼
    Cloud forest was a vary nice easy hike though the this Costa Rican forest. We had a good guild told us a lot about the different species of plants and animals. Lots of bird spotting and watching, other then that we see a couple of monkeys when at the entrance, we also saw a tarantula in it burrow, vary nice. I would recommend this place for bird watching.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 June 2023
  • Stephskie2005
    East Molesey, United Kingdom577 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful walks
    The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve was absolutely beautiful. The greenery and all of the plants and trees seemed to go on forever and you could spend forever wandering around spotting all of the different plants, flowers and wildlife. Our guide, Maikol, was fantastic at pointing out such a wide variety of animals and birds with his spotting scope. The hanging bridges within the reserve were also great for different height perspectives and to really appreciate just how big the reserve is. The hummingbird bit is also not to be missed. We went in the afternoon, and following our walk ended up stopping to see the hummingbirds for a while at around 5pm and we had the whole place to ourselves. There are lots of feeders out for the birds and we saw lots of different varieties, all equally stunning and beautiful. Definitely worth a visit when in the area, and I'd happily come back and wander the other trails for hours on end!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Rachel G
    46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    Wow!! The views here were breathtaking and we had the absolute best time! My husband and I are pretty quick walkers and were able to get through all of the trails in the 5(ish) hours we spent here. If you are someone who is easily motion sick then the drive up will be very difficult. The roads are windy and very bumpy and it's a long drive. We drove from La Fortuna and left around 6 am. The drive took a few hours and wasn't an easy one. Once we got there, we paid to park at the lot and got the shuttle to the park. This was easy and kept our things safe in the car. It was one of our favorite things we did in our week in Costa Rica and are already discussing another trip to return to the cloud forrest. Some of the walks were pretty steep, but the views were gorgeous. It was nice to get there earlier in the morning because it wasn't as crowded as when the tours come in. Lots of people were dressed in pants and long sleeves, which was nice first thing. However, it did warm up. I wore shorts and a tank top (athletic clothes) and brought a flannel around my waist. I was glad I had it because at times it was chilly, but at our pace I didn't need it much after 10/11 am. If you can handle the drive and can make it up early it will be better. This is a MUST on your trip!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • mvanroy
    Merelbeke, Belgium757 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bird paradise
    This privately owned national park has different signed trails which you can discover on your own or with a guide. The official car parking is a few kilometers before the actual park entrance. Although there is a shuttle bus, a better option - if you are early enough - might be to park your car on the street. We where there around 7:30 am and we could park on a safe (the street is rather small) spot approx. 100m before the entrance gate. As many others, we decided to explore (a small part of) the park with a guide. Each guide was responsible for only a small group but the guides were helping each other out in spotting the animals. They all had their telescope or spotting scope with them which helped to spot the shy birds like the beautiful Quetzal (which we saw 3 times), the bellbird (1 female spotted) and the toucanet (1x). Through the spotting scope we were not only able to see these birds from close by but we could also make some pictures with the cell phone (the birds were often too far away to capture them even with a 300mm lens). We were very lucky with our guide as he was very knowledgeable and gave a lot of good information and background stories on the animals, epiphytes and other jungle wonders. After this bird spotting, we did the hike (or walk as it was rather easy) to the cascade / waterfall. On the way we spotted some more animals (pit viper, peccaries) and we passed some beautiful old trees, with the big strangler fig on the middle of the path being the highlight. The cascade itself is not so spectacular and only visible from rather far away. After the 2h guided walk, the guide brought us to the colibri café and gave us some information on the different hummingbirds. Interesting and beautiful, but I would have preferred to have a bit more time with the guide in the cloud forest itself. Your ticket is valid for the whole day though so you can always go back on your own. At the entrance and next to the colibri café are two souvenir shops (good choice but rather over priced).
    Visited July 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • einat c
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent for an easy going hike in the woods
    Great easy going morning hike. No animals at sight but the vegetation was vast. We took the Nuboso A trail to the Nuboso B trail (a bit steep) and passed a nice bridge at Caminal trail.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Louisa W
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical
    Wonderful experience wandering the trails at our leisure. Guided tours are available but we chose not to. The routes are easy to follow, and the forest is beautiful! The variety of plant life is mind blowing, we also saw various butterfly and bird species and a monkey and her (very small!!) baby!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Ray Murphy
    Swindon, United Kingdom119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning place - bring a waterproof!
    A beautiful mix of trails which are all v clearly signposted. All well maintained. They restrict people accessing the trails (250 at any one time). So you might need to wait to be allowed in. We got our tickets and couldn’t get in for 90 mins. Prebook if you can. Bring a waterproof! I almost forgot mine, rained the whole time. Also, you need to park a the bottom of the hill and take the shuttle up.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 December 2023
  • CraigCampbell1967
    127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and relaxing
    A nice way to spend half a day away from large crowds. Around 10 different trail routes of various lengths and elevations. Cafe/restaurant which you can go back to for a break before going back on the trails. Can get rain/misty so bring a raincoat and hat. Around 5km from Monteverde. We walked it 🙃 (mostly uphill on the way there and mostly downhill on the way back). Would recommend taxi or bus if you haven't got a car though!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 January 2024
  • Betsy G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book tickets early for Monteverde Cloud Forest
    My only suggestion is to book a day pass BEFORE you get to Costa Rica. They only let in 250 people at a time and there are many people who simply can't get in to to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Many very frustrated people. We LOVED the trails at the Cloud Forest and the Hummingbird Area. It was a highlight of the trip!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 February 2024
  • Erik E
    Omaha, Nebraska60 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Saw some quetzals!
    Monte Verde is a really cool place, even if you aren't a tree-hugger. The environment is very rare and the plants & animals are interesting. We parked at the 'official lot' and rode the shuttle. It's only $5 and is what you are supposed to do. Many others just park along the entrance road, take a taxi, or walk in. As a result the entrance is very chaotic and congested, that is about my only complaint, but the authorities really should solve that issue, imo. Anyway, the park is great. Spoiler alert- it was misty and foggy in the cloud forest, so dress accordingly. We got a private guide and I highly recommend it (as well as booking ahead.) It's extremely unlikely you'll spot the birds, tarantulas, bats, monkeys, etc without the expertise and equipment of the pros. The trails are well maintained but are have some elevation gains so wouldn't recommend unless you are reasonable condition and stable on your feet. If you are in this area you need to go to one of the reserves and Monte Verde is a great choice.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 February 2024
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Dick P
Amite, LA502 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful rainforest and cloud forest. There are nice, well-maintained trails throughout the park with excellent signage at every intersection. On past trips, we have taken guided tours. This time, my wife and I just hiked around on our own. Even without a guide we saw 2 coatis (up close) and one snake. We enjoyed the suspension bridge.
Written 13 May 2024
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jcchouinard
Quebec City, Canada45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It was an easy walk with a child. We saw blue morpho butterflies, multiple Coatis, almost a quetzal and I strongly recommend visiting the Hummingbird cafe right at the entrance where you will see plenty of these little birds.
Written 7 May 2024
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Bea V
New York City, NY95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We went during off season so we bought tickets last minute at the reception and they were able to accommodate! I heard it’s very busy but despite a few groups it was easy to be alone. The parking is separate from the cloud forest itself; you can’t park in the lot for the forest as that’s where the shuttle service drops you off only. Unfortunately did not spend any time at the hummingbird gallery but the reserve is big and you can spend the entire day there; we spent 4 hours and easily could’ve done more. We saw a lot of bugs, some coaltis, a snake and some birds even without a guide, but feel that we missed out on a lot as we couldn’t find the rare Quetzal. Birds were very difficult to spot if they weren’t in your face. If I did go back I would absolutely get a guide. The hike wasn’t too strenuous, but the elevation is actually pretty high when you get to the viewing point!
Written 6 May 2024
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Davide C
Sheffield, UK167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We did a self guided tour and we could hike most of the trails. It is fantastic to be in the middle of a dense cloud forest and the trails are all well maintained and easy to follow. The views from the mirador at the top are great, and you can see how far the forest goes.

We saw lots of birds, but not much else in terms of wildlife. I'm sure a guide will help spotting animals.

They limit ticket numbers, we bought ours online before, and we went in a few minutes after we arrived, while a lot of people were outside the ticket office waiting for their turn. I recommend buying the tickets a couple of days before.

Overall it wasn't very busy, so it felt rather immersive, with the occasional encounter of a loud human group.
Written 27 April 2024
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krimblebee
Washington DC, DC30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I went with a guided group (my guide was Jazuel). It was the best nature hike of my life so far. My guide was so knowledgeable and absolutely excellent. And it’s just awesome to know that even by buying a ticket, I’m helping to preserve this unique and vital ecosystem. We saw the Quetzal, which is the most magnificent creature. And so many more I don’t have space to list! Only thing I’d criticize is — they have hummingbird feeders at one of the shops, they really shouldn’t! But they’re doing so much for the entire planet just by preserving this forest. Glad this place exists and feel so fortunate to have visited.

Visit from November through April for the best viewing! Go with a guide for sure.
Written 23 April 2024
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Diane
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A variety of trails from easy to moderate+. We took the night tour and a Day tour through the preserve's guides. We would not have seen nearly as much as we did if we were on our own. The hummingbird gallery was also a lot of fun.
Written 12 April 2024
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Triflyer
India436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I booked the day pass online and joined a guided tour at 7:30 am. Saw lots of humming birds, the beautiful quetzal, and several other birds. Once I finished the guided tour, I covered some other trails myself. The sight of clouds descending into the forest is dream like and mesmerizing.
Written 26 March 2024
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Navigator431387
Keene, NH11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Our tour and tour guide was excellent. We did find the experience to be a bit overpriced, but still recommend the tour. A WORD TO THE WISE about parking and access. We purchased tour guide tickets before via Trip Advisor, knowing we had to purchased entrance tickets day of. We arrived early and parked in a paid parking lot about a mile away from the entrance. A shuttle bus picks you up and takes you to the entrance. However, when we arrived the ticketing lines were long and confusing b/c those of us who purchased guide tickets before, had to wait in a long line to buy entrance tickets. Those who didn't purchase in advance, went to a shorter line and bought both guide/entrance tickets (in other words, you are punished by being proactive). As a result, we were late and held up our group a few mins b/c we were stuck in the line. Even the guide agreed that the process is flawed. Still, the tour was really educational and we'd suggest doing it. Lots of wildlife and the guide was very educational. For Quetzal lovers, the reserve prioritizes their survival, and we saw a female.
Written 24 March 2024
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Roxanne B
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Absolutely gorgeous, loved walking the trails. Well maintained, saw lots of wildlife, must see and do while in monteverde. Very well maintained. We did the self guided walk. Limit people on trails at a time which is nice so it doesn't get too crowded. Walking trails are easy, and the views are gorgeous.
Written 23 March 2024
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Mudeford 123
124 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Early morning walk in the cloud forest. Unfortunately we did not see very much in the way of wildlife so it just became a walk in the forest. The hummingbird alley was interesting.
Written 20 March 2024
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