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It is a community non profit project, located near Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The Reserve has an extension of 310 hectares, covered by a majestic Cloud Forest, in which you can observe a great variety of plants, Orchids, trees, ferns...more
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If you are in Monteverde, you must go here. We booked a tour and had Ruth as our guide. For $44 per person, it was the deal. Like everyone else writes "if you don't take a guide you will miss 99% of the things to...More
Really nice hiking in this reserve near Santa Elena, in fact I preferred it over the more popular Monteverde Cloud Forest. The trails themselves were a bit easier too, with some awesome views of Arenal from a couple spots. Saw a group of monkeys at...More
This is a wonderful natural reserve. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable. There are many trails, groomed and natural, to follow around the area. There is even a lookout point so that on a clear day you can see a volcano (beware this is in...More
Six months ago today, my wife and I were very fortunate to spend several afternoon hours walking the well-constructed paths of the wondrous Santa Elena Reserve. We were guided by Everth, who was outstanding - friendly, skillful, and knowledgeable: he informed us regarding the ecosystems...More
Great place to walk into the forest, better if you visit it during the morning. It’s not necessary to take another Reserve, if you stay in Monteverde just for a day or two, doing just this one is perfect, the forest is the same.
It is beautiful - if your a nature junkie like me you can easily spend the day wandering.
We did a guided tour which was great in learning about the area and different species. It was about $35 USD Otherwise you can do your own...More
This place was much quieter than the Montevede Cloud Forest, but was very enjoyable for a 2/3 hour trek. Some spectacular views can be seen, but the real enjoyment was walking amongst the cloud forest, birds and bugs. Trails are well marked and shorter trails...More
I loved spending time in the cloud forrest, and this reserve was one of the better spots for bird sightings (Ketzel!) and nature hikes. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and we had a very positive experience overall.
They have a bus that picks up from your hotel/hostel which is 2 USD round trip with a 16 dollar entry fee (9 dollars with student ID) without a guide.
We arrived at 11:45 and left at 4 pm. We hiked two trails and had...More
we did the classic and went first to Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve but thank goodness we also came to Santa Elena as we enjoyed it far more - we saw more mammal animal life, we saw more butterflies, we climbed the mirador to see the...More
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The two parks are very close to each other. Selvatura has the bridges walk which is well maintained and can be done without a guide. The Santa Elena is more primitive - which for me is a good thing. It was much more... More
The two parks are very close to each other. Selvatura has the bridges walk which is well maintained and can be done without a guide. The Santa Elena is more primitive - which for me is a good thing. It was much more 'cloud forest' than Selvatura seemed from what I saw. If I had it to do again, I'd hire a guide for St. Elena and just do Selvatura myself.