Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
4.5
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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  • Mainers-on-vacation
    Yarmouth, Maine70 contributions
    First visit to a classic park
    Trails were mostly in very good condition apart from post-rains mud in one stretch. Forest was impressive and it was nice to see the coatimundis and to watch a white faced capuchin monkey from the restaurant. Staff were friendly and helpful and restaurant fare was decent quality at reasonable price, including frapés. Seeing Continental Divide was a highlight.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 26, 2023
  • collette d
    London, United Kingdom99 contributions
    Interesting tojr
    We went on a guided morning tour. The guide was knowledgeable and we saw a variety of birds and some tarantulas. After the tour which lasted 3 hours we went around the forest on our own. The trails were well signposted. Take a jumper as it is cool in the morning and make sure you visit the humming bird cafe after
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 3, 2023
  • Treacletart
    104 contributions
    Beautiful, atmospheric and muddy just about sums it up
    Didn't see much wildlife, a couple of birds...but the walk around the reserve and across the bridge was brilliant! We really felt in the clouds and visibility in places was limited (adds to the experience). Make sure to wear appropriate footwear, and something you don't mind getting covered in mud. It's a relatively easy walk, just not in sandals (and we saw several people who were regretting wearing those!). Highly recommend.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 6, 2023
  • Surrey 13
    London, United Kingdom1,139 contributions
    Quite busy with tourists but we did see the national bird. Worth going to the humming bird area as well
    Quite a busy location with large groups of tourists.however we did see the national bird about 100 metres in the tree. The guide had the stand binoculars which aided considerably. The walk took about 2 hours and a trekking pole is useful. Our walk was in the dry but of course it regularly rains. Beautiful rain forest and fauna. I also went on a local Nature Reserve walk in Monteverde, call Santa Elena and would thoroughly recommend it, it is a local charity for school children. Worth also going to the humming bird location which has a number of feeders so you see lots of humming birds.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 20, 2023
  • Daniel
    8 contributions
    Monteverde cloud forest review
    A great trip and a must go to in Costa Rica. During the rainforest walk, we saw a variety of wildlife, but a tour guide is always recommended if you want the best chances at seeing wildlife. However, during our 3 hour stay at the cloud forest, we managed to find quite a variety of birds, and a few mammals creating some good pictures. 4 stars!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 10, 2023
  • Paul V
    Sun City West, Arizona226 contributions
    Excellent eperience
    A friend recommended a guided tour, and that was great advice. Our guide was excellent and pointed out flora and fauna we would not have otherwise seen, to say nothing of general information about the cloud forest. We could also take pictures through his bird scope. Highly recommend. Getting to Monteverde was painful due to lousy roads, but not unusual off the highways. Fortunately the tour included a hotel pickup or we may not have ever found the place.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 23, 2023
  • Edward S
    8 contributions
    Nature-packed
    We bought tickets online including parking, you park in a guarded lot and then get on a shuttle bus up to the reserve, about ten mins. Shops, eateries and toilets at the entrance. Very busy, one of the most popular National Parks in the country. Take a photo of the trail map on your phone before you start. Several trails to follow, varying in difficulty. We went on Nubosa A & B (self-guided) to get up to the viewpoint at the continental divide, what incredible views! There's definitely something to be said for walking in the clouds and feeling their moisture on your face! Take a hat and a sweater it gets chilly at the top and not much shelter up there. Guided tours are available. We saw a ton of different birds and a coati on the way back down. Lots of lovely flora. Very highly recommend.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 20, 2023
  • Pura Vida
    East Los Angeles, California4 contributions
    A highlight of Costa Rica!
    Yes, we saw playful white-face capuchin, a group of catamundi going about their business, a well camouflaged parrot, the tiniest avocado ever, strangler trees whose victims had passed, unbelievably gorgeous hummingbirds in the colors of the rainbow, and the often elusive and spectacular quetzals. The walk through Monteverde exceeded our highest hopes--but only because of Elverto, our guide. He was engaging, extremely knowledgeable, and absolutely excellent at what he did. This amazing experience is a highlight of our Costa Rica adventure!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 26, 2023
  • TravelFun2008
    Washington DC, District of Columbia77 contributions
    Great day, excellent guide, saw 4 quetzals
    We had an excellent tour by Deiner our guide. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and had a great key for spotting birds. We saw 4 quetzals which we learned is very rare! The park was beautiful but if we didn’t have a guide, we would have missed the background on the evolution of the cloud forest, we would have missed seeing the quetzels and all of the other wildlife he pointed out. He is part of the reason our time at the park was memorable. We also had a nice meal at the Park’s restaurant.
    Visited March 2023
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Salaamus
    Turlock, California155 contributions
    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 June 11, 2023
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Melissa A
Victoria, Canada50 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
This is a popular park and it gets crowded, which is annoying. Easiest to go with a guide who has purchased the tickets in advance. Ours went at 6:30 AM to buy the tickets for our 8:30 AM tour. I found the guides worked cooperatively to share sightings, and they delivered on the “money bird”, the resplendent quetzal. It is super helpful to have your own binoculars. The forest is dense and with a group, one might only get a few seconds looking rough the guide’s scope. Without a guide it would be difficult to spot many things, including a well-camouflaged side-striped pit viper coiled in a distant tree, and the green-fronted lancebill (hummingbird) at the waterfall. We saw at least 20 species of birds. Our guide, Kevin, was excellent. After the tour we walked on our own to the continental divide via the Sendoro Nuboso (much steeper but lovely with good monkey sightings). At the continental divide it was misty but it was nice to be away from the crowds of other people. We were going to take a transit bus back but they are infrequent so caught a lift with a couple who had a rented car. Just outside the park entrance, don’t miss the hummingbird feeders.
Written February 21, 2024
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Liam G
8 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
This place is spectacular. We saw a wide variety of birds, mammals and invertebrates on our tour there. The only thing I regret is that we didn't stay for longer or go back for another day while we were in the area.
Written February 19, 2024
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robkay123
Burton upon Trent, UK234 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Awful… huge school groups shouting, listening to music on loud, talking, shouting, laughing and not being handled by their guide - scaring all the animals away, and ruining the experience for others.

The bridges are cool, but not worth the money at all.

We barely saw any animals even with a guide - we actually saw more animals by our hotel in the grounds than here.

We did the slough experience also, which was fun and our son loved it, but there were loads of people there and all trying to see the same things… glad they look after the animals so well, but it’s an overwhelming experience.
Written February 17, 2024
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Erik E
Omaha, NE56 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
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.
Written February 16, 2024
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Betsy G
3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
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!
Written February 15, 2024
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Wilhelm H
Weinheim, Germany37 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We came here to Monteverde to visit that Park because of many, many very good assessments in Tripadvisor and National Geographic.
Guys, we are totally disapointed about that Park.
We drove to Monteverde, we paid 100 Bucks for entrance fees and guide.
We got : 2,5hrs walk, 3 birds, 1 monkey, 1 small wild bore detected by myself and finally 1 Qeutzal detected by my wife.
We simply call it a rip off!
After one week it fits into our picture of Costa Rica: nice, but much too expensive!!!
In general the price- performance for tours, meals and service is unacceptable. There are only very very few exceptiones.
We have further 3 weeks to stay in CR and seriously hope that we may have better experiences soon.
Written February 13, 2024
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Deb E
Abbotsford, Canada28 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Amazing tour of the sloth sanctuary with a top rated guide. He had good English and knew everything there was to know about the sloths. It was slow going on terrible dirt roads with no signage and took forever to get there. It it was the highlight of the vacation.
Written February 3, 2024
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Paul R
Le Mont Felard, UK14 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
DON'T Visit! This is just a normal forest! After I visited over 44 countries and experienced many breathtaking landscapes, I found this park to be a letdown, especially considering its high admission price of $26 per person for international visitors.

The unpaved muddy trails felt like walking through any ordinary forest, with the surrounding area offering similar views without the entry fee. The park's lack of floral diversity and scenic views was disappointing. Spotting wildlife was also a letdown. We did see more wildlife in front of our hotel than one day in this forest. Walkways are, by the way, muddy, so your jeans and shoes will get ruined.

The high ratings can maybe be caused by the high amount of American tourists. Americans do not travel far and can be easily amazed by mediocre places. If you read the reviews of this park, you will spot the high level of fake American overexaggeration.

Avoid this park if you've seen real jungle. If you're looking for a forest walk on muddy trails without wildlife and lots of amazed Americans, this is the place!
Written January 31, 2024
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Brian J
Wheaton, IL93 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
I stayed here while doing an Earthwatch expedition on wild bees and pollinators. Our group had some available time in the afternoons and evenings. The facility is exceptionally well run. Accommodations are pretty basic (bunk beds). They take sustainability pretty seriously here (which pleased me) - for example - the hot water is solar powered - so don't expect a lot of hot water for your shower.

Now, onto the visuals - this place is drop dead gorgeous! This was my first experience in a cloud forest, and now I understand what that means. The biodiversity is impressive. The tour guides (we did one day hike, and one night hike) are VERY knowledgeable. Their English is great, and they are used to a broad range of visitor questions. The trails are well maintained and marked.

This is at elevation (I'd estimate 4,000 feet) so if you are not in good shape, it may take you a day to acclimatize. TOTALLY WORTH IT!
Written January 26, 2024
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Shottle
Gloucestershire, UK14 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had a really good tour and did not have to book in advance, would thoroughly recommend, very keen and interesting guide
Written January 26, 2024
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MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST BIOLOGICAL RESERVE - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)