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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

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Address: 6 km (4 mi) north of Santa Elena, Costa Rica
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+506 2645 5390

It is a community non profit project, located near Monteverde, Puntarenas,...

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, heliconias and others. Also hundreds of residents and migratory birds, as the Quetzal and the Bell bird.

Entrance Fee foreign Regular $14

Entrance Fee foreign student $7

Regular Guided walk $15 + Entrance Fee

Private Guided Walk $75 + Entrance Fee

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Wonderful trails, get a guide!

This is a beautiful and quiet forest for a wonderful walk. Do get a guide as you will see more wildlife and birds. The view over to Arenal is amazing and the this forest is very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dawn M
Santa Barbara, California, United States
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A few short trails that are good underfoot and some longer, muddier options. Note that you can hire Wellington boots for $2 and this seems better than lugging boots from home or traveling on with very muddy shoes and trousers. The forest is great. The orchids are numerous but the birds seem to hideaway when it rains (much of the... More 

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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful and quiet forest for a wonderful walk. Do get a guide as you will see more wildlife and birds. The view over to Arenal is amazing and the this forest is very peaceful and felt less touristy that others in the area. Definitely get a guide though - it is worth the extra price.

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Aachen, Germany
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful guide which showed us around. He was very dedicated and it was a lot of fun. He expand the tour for a couple more hours which was really great. The park is just a beautiful place to watch all the animals.

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Vail, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This forest is a magical rain forest and well worth a visit!! A guide took us here on the last day of our Costa Rica trip and it was definitely a highlight! A huge bus load of kids arrived right when we did but they went one way and we went another and we never crossed paths again! If you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our excellent guide Walter helped us to spot many birds, including a quetzal couple, and to understand the forest flora. We recommend to come early in the morning (7.30 guided tour) to get the best chances to see wild life. The strong relationships with the local community and educational projects make the park special.

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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

If it's your first time in a jungle you will be impressed but if you have been to a couple of those and loooking for wildlife-don't go to santa elena.we so nothing . not even one animal. Were soo dissapoted. On our way out down the hill at the parking we saw a cauti. The roads are very bad so... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

We came here after SkyWalk the day before and our overall feeling was that SkyWalk was more streamlined while Santa Elena was a little more chaotic. When we got there for our tour, our guide was 15 min late and then we waited around more to see if other people would join the tour (another 15 min later, 4 did).... More 

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

We only ended up with a few hours to walk in the cloud forest due to time constraints and young people's enthusiasm. However, that didn't diminish the beauty of this preserve. It is not as popular as the Monteverdi one, but in my book, that is another reason to go. It also was very close to our hotel and was... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

A good guide makes this visit worth it, pointing out birds, animals and flora and fauna one would otherwise walk by. The waterfalls are very enjoyable as well. The surprise was viewing the hummingbirds up close and personal at the reception lodge.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

I booked a guided tour and set of at 7:30 am, which gave me plenty of time to explore the trails on my own, when the tour ended. It was very wet the day I was there, but it is possible to rent rubber boots for just $2. Be prepared to not see a whole lot of animals, when it... More 

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