It's easy to enjoy a perfect day in Monteverde. In fact, there's so much to do it's easy to enjoy several perfect days. You can explore a cloud forest reserve, enjoy a butterfly garden, spot a Quetzal, buy some local crafts, and eat at one of the many and varied restaurants here. Later, you can enjoy a quiet evening at one of the numerous beautiful hotels in the area.

 

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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Private non-profit reserve (not a national park) administered by the Tropical Science Center. There are 6 distinct ecological zones in this reserve. It is called a cloud forest rather than a rain forest because of its altitude: the clouds go thru the forest. The canopy is extremely rich with birds, insects, butterfly, and thousands of plants. It possesses 100 species of mammals, 400 of birds, 120 of amphibians and reptilian, 2500 of plants (500 are orchids) and dozens of thousands of insects. Great bird watching, as the Three-Wattled Bellbird and Resplendent Quetzal is usually seen in the March-May nesting season. Bring a warm jacket, raingear (a green poncho is just fine) and footwear for trail use. Rubber boots are usually not necessary due to the well-maintained trails. Open to the public daily from 07: 00 to 16:00. Adults US $13, students with ID and child $ 6.5 Natural history walks US$15 + entrance fee.

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Selvatura Walkways
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This new attraction offers an opportunity to explore the forest canopy in a safe and easy manner, walking a simple trail system through the tropical jungle featuring eight suspension bridges that crisscross deep canyons at the level of the tree tops. The longest bridge is some 170 meters (558 feet) in length. Open to the public daily from 07:00 to 16:00. Admission: US $ 20 adults, students with ID $15 and children (up 3 years) US $10.Guided hikes are available with advanced reservations. Duration: 1:30 hours. From our reception tours leaves daily at 07:45, 10:15, 12:15 and 13:45

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Selvatura Canopy Tour
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If you're looking for some adventure, try this canopy expedition that takes you from tree top platform to tree top platform via a series of zip line cables while enjoying the beauty of the cloud forest canopy. Selvatura Canopy Tour is one of the safest and most thrilling adventures of all time. In this tour the visitor will be able to see the marvels of the virgin cloud forest from one canopy perspective. It is also possible to observe same of the cloud forests most amazing flora and fauna including a wide variety of epiphytes, monkeys and exotic birds. Surely this tour is the experience of a lifetime. From our reception tours leaves daily at 07:45, 10:15, 12:15 and 13:45. Group size is limited to 15 persons, including the guide. Tour duration: 3 hours. US $ 40 adults, students with ID US $30 and children (up 3 years) US $ 25

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Santa Elena Reserve
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The 765-acre Santa Elena Reserve is located 6 kilometers northeast of Santa Elena. It is at a slightly higher elevation than the Monteverde reserve and tends to be cloudier and wetter, but is also less visited than its better know neighbor. There are over 10 kilometers of trails, with one leading to a lookout point from which you can see Volcán Arenal on a clear day. There are usually local guides on hand, or you can hire one before hand through your hotel. You have the option of buying a self-guided trail map and renting boots at the entrance. The reserve was created out of a community's determination to help preserve the unique cloud forest surrounding them and to use tourism as a tool to benefit community development in Monteverde. Entrance fees are used for the protection and management of the Reserve and to provide higher quality education for schools of Monteverde. Open daily 07:00 to 16:00. Entrance US $8.00, students with ID $3.50

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Santuario Ecológico (before Finca Ecológica)
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4 loop trails. Pre-mountain forest, secondary forest, waterfalls, lookout points, coffee and banana plantations. Receives less rain and is less cloudy than the Reserve so vegetation is less dense. A good place to see the three-wattle bell bird, coatis and sloth. Open to the public daily: 06:30 to 17:00. $9 for adults, US $7 for students and $5 for child after 7 years This is a great place to enjoy the fauna of the region, with a wide variety of local birds and several mammals usually on hand. 10-15 minutes walk from the cabañas.

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Sendero Tranquilo
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Private reserve of 5 KM of trails, only open to small guided groups. 3-4 hours. A special place to enjoy the local flora and fauna. Open to the public daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. US $20

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Butterfly Garden
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Butterflies and other insects are raised and displayed in screened enclosures with beautiful gardens. A living exhibition of numerous butterfly species, from egg to caterpillar to pupa to butterfly. Inside the garden a controlled environment host a magnificent collection of butterflies from over different species found throughout the tropics. Open daily from 09:30 to 14:00. US $8 and US$ 5 students, includes a guided visit. 10-15 minutes walk from the cabañas.

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Serpentarium
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A wide selection of live snakes (25 aprox.), frogs and lizards from Monteverde and other parts of Costa Rica. Open daily 9:00 to 17:00 in Santa Elena, 15-20 minutes walk from the cabañas. Admission: US $ 7 adults, students with ID and child $5

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Bajo del Tigre Trail
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This trail through transition forest is an excellent place to spot birds and mammals from the region. The trail also offers impressive views of the Gulf of Nicoya. A 3 km. trail system located in the heart of Monteverde. Part of the Children’s Rain Forest, it is managed by the Monteverde Conservation League. Open 8:00 to 16:00 daily. US $5.00

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Horseback Riding
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There are numerous places in Monteverde to rent a horse. Choose from short outings to full-day excursions you can even ride as far as La Fortuna. You can ride into the forest passes between trails and open fields where you can you’ll enjoy a variety of plants. You may be lucky and observe other wild animals as well. You’ll see spectacular views of the landscape, the Gulf of Nicoya, plantations and lush foliage flourishes here in our primary and secondary forest.

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Monteverde Cheese Factory
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The famous Monteverde Cheese Factory sells 14 types of cheese including: cheddar, jack, Gouda, Monte Rico and Montino. Now ice creams. Watch and learn how cheese is made, while stocking up on or simply enjoying a wide range of fresh dairy products. You can also buy great homemade whole-wheat bread and rolls, fresh milk, and cajeta (scrumptious milk fudge) there. Open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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San Luis Waterfalls
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It’s also one of the most popular rides in Monteverde, you leave from the cabañas, riding a horse for around 1½ hrs or driving a car and then walk about 45 min upstream to the waterfall with an altitude of 40 mts. (140 feet).

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The Frog Pond
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This place is the most recent attraction that has been opened in Monteverde. There is an exhibition of over 20 species of frogs and toads at this place. Every species of frog or toad is put in terrariums where they have their natural habitat simulated. Excellent place for your family to learn about amphibians. US$ 8 and US $5 students. 20 min walk from our cabañas.

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Hummingbird Gallery
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A great place to see the wide range of hummingbirds that inhabit the region as they frequent the numerous feeders spread around the grounds. Located next to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. This place also has an extensive and well-stocked gift shop.

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Night Hikes
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The night life is totally different to the day one is much more surprising at night. Different species begin their activity during the night and you should be there to see them. The Ecological Farm and Hidden Valley offer guided night hikes/tours from 17:30 and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve at 19:30. Duration: 2 hours approximated. Ask at our front desk. $13-$15.

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CASEM
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This local craft cooperative has a wide range of handmade arts and craft items made by local artisans. The specialties here include painted and embroidered fabrics, as well as ceramics and wood articles. Next door, you can try a free sample or buy ready packaged bags of fresh roasted Monteverde coffee. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Orchid Garden
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The Orchid Garden is a place dedicated to the investigation of orchid plants in the Monteverde Area. Gabriel Barboza is the owner and manager of this place; he has been working on this project for over 10 years and has collected over 400 species of orchids and which 11 have been discovered by him. You will also find the smallest orchid in the world!! This place is located 0.6 Km from our cabañas, less than 10 min walk, its open from 09:00 to 16:00 Monday thru Friday. Here you can enjoy a peaceful walk and see the most beautiful and interesting plants of Monteverde. US$ 5

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Natural Wonder Tram
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A project dedicated to ecological sustainability. After the initial construction, the natural surrounding is not disturbed in any way. The trip with a duration of approximately 1 hour, on rails that extend for 1.5 kms. Carriages for up to two people which are suspended from the rails, driven by electric motors, and which move very slowly. The carriages go individually so the trip can be taken at any time. You will enjoy views at all levels of the forest and also in open areas. The passenger has the option of stopping the carriage at any time during the trip for photo taking or to better observe some aspect of the surroundings. As well as a wonderful view of the Gulf of Nicoya, there is also the possibility of seeing many different birds, butterflies and mammals. The trip can be taken in any kind of weather. With option of night tours. US $15.

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El Gran Mirador
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As its name ("The Great View") implies, on clear days this spot offers excellent views of Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano. Located 9 kilometers from Santa Elena.

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Naturalist Guides
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Monteverde has an excellent selection of naturalist guides with broad knowledge and vast experience in various aspects of the natural history of the zone. Guides can be hired for private or small group tours to different areas around Monteverde and Costa Rica. While hiring a private guide is slightly more expensive than doing it yourself, it is an invaluable way to truly experience the natural beauty of the area. $15 per person in a group or $50 per a couple.

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Monteverde Music Festival
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Featuring a wide variety of music, from classical to jazz to Latin folk, performed by some of the best Costa Rican groups and invited international guests. The festival runs each year from January 15 to March 15.

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Trips to Fortuna
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The 4x4 jeep, Boat, 4x4 jeep, trip is one of the most funniest, scenic and fastest ways to go and come from Monteverde to Fortuna (Arenal Volcano town). The trip consists on taking a jeep to the one side of the lake, get you on a passenger boat and getting you across to the other side where there will be another car waiting for you to take you to your destination. $25 per person each way.

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