Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike, Monteverde

4.7 (35 reviews)
Roam biodiverse Monteverde Cloud Forest, a large natural reserve featuring 350 resident bird species, on a guided nature tour

Overview

Explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the jewels in Costa Rica's ecological crown, on this guided hiking excursion. Known as the "green lung of Costa Rica" due to its rich biodiversity, this 26,000-acre (3,500-hectare) reserve is high in the country's mountainous northwest region. On the tour, you'll get an up-close look at the incredible biodiversity of this region where upland and lowland rainforests meet. More than 350 bird species exist here alone, including the aptly named resplendent quetzal. With various mammals, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, and insects, the reserve is a nature lover's paradise framed by views of the misty cloud forest.

Highlights

  • Hike through a cloud forest and its various ecosystems
  • Spot colorful birds, butterflies, reptiles, insects, and more
  • Observe 2.5% of the world's biodiversity in a single place
  • Shop for handmade souvenirs at a women's artisan cooperative

Know before you go

Duration
4 hours
Recommended for
All ages
Group
Small group

What you'll do

Transfer a short distance from your accommodations to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Meet with your guide at the reserve's entrance to start the hike.

Founded in 1972, the sprawling reserve is home to 2.5% of the world's biodiversity. The forest is divided into four ecological zones and a wide variety of ecosystems. As you walk, your guide will point out mammals, butterflies, amphibians, and reptiles, plus some of the reserve's more than 350 bird species. You'll also see a range of mosses, vines, and trees typical of the cloud forest.

After the hike, you'll make a short stop at a women's artisan cooperative before returning to Monteverde.

Start times

  • Daily
    7:00 am, 1:00 pm

What's included

  • Transportation
  • Entrance to the reserve
  • Bilingual guide

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Traveler reviews

35 total ratings, 25 with reviews
4.7
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4.8
Guides, Drivers and Staff
4.9
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4.7
Catherine
Catherine H.
Harrison, NJ | Reviewed on Apr 21, 2024
Saw lots of animals and birds but the trail was crowded with other tours. Guide was knowledgeable. Read more

Saw lots of animals and birds but the trail was crowded with other tours. Guide was knowledgeable.

Tips for future travelers

Be prepared for a crowd

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On time!
Amy
Amy S.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Apr 08, 2024
Don't miss this one! On this guided tour, we saw so many types of birds, it was wonderful. We learned all about the cloud forest, the plants that live there, and what makes this area unique. Read more

Don't miss this one! On this guided tour, we saw so many types of birds, it was wonderful. We learned all about the cloud forest, the plants that live there, and what makes this area unique.

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Our guide was Micheal. In addition to be an highly educated naturalist, we was local to Monteverde and provided insight into what is what like growing up in the mountains.
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Catherine
Catherine W.
Wolf Trap, VA | Reviewed on Apr 03, 2024
Lovely location with lots of animals and we had an amazing guide! Read more

Lovely location with lots of animals and we had an amazing guide!

Tips for future travelers

Bring binoculars

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Cynthia W.
Queensbury, NY | Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024
Our guide, Stephen, was very knowledgeable! We saw so many different types of animals. It was pretty amazing! Read more

Our guide, Stephen, was very knowledgeable! We saw so many different types of animals. It was pretty amazing!

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Mark H.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024
Alex was awesome. Super thoughtful guy and a real student of the forest. Read more

Alex was awesome. Super thoughtful guy and a real student of the forest.

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Andrew G.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Mar 15, 2024
The private guide was excellent the walk was enjoyable, lots of wildlife and information Read more

The private guide was excellent the walk was enjoyable, lots of wildlife and information

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Harry K.
La Vista, NE | Reviewed on Feb 29, 2024
Excellent walk thru this unique experience with Rodrigo. Enjoyed the hike and views and the animal and plant life
Saw Coatis, peccaries, birds. Agouti and all sorts of birds. Plant and trees amazing thru this region.
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Excellent walk thru this unique experience with Rodrigo. Enjoyed the hike and views and the animal and plant life
Saw Coatis, peccaries, birds. Agouti and all sorts of birds. Plant and trees amazing thru this region.

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Chris
Chris G.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Feb 04, 2024
Tips for future travelers The park has a max capacity and you have to wait for other tours to exit before you can enter. It would be best to show up as the park opens. The hummingbird garden is a good way to spend the wait time. Read more
Tips for future travelers

The park has a max capacity and you have to wait for other tours to exit before you can enter. It would be best to show up as the park opens. The hummingbird garden is a good way to spend the wait time.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Ian has an incredible knowledge of the forest, particularly the plant life. Would have preferred if he was a little more professional towards other guides/groups (they’re walking too fast and missed this orchid, he always takes groups too big to experience the forest, etc.)
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Tyler
Tyler S.
Mexico | Reviewed on Jan 25, 2024
Our guide was great and found things we could have never seen. The forest was beautiful. He was very knowledgeable and his English was amazing. Read more

Our guide was great and found things we could have never seen. The forest was beautiful. He was very knowledgeable and his English was amazing.

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Sonja T.
Rosemont, CA | Reviewed on Jan 05, 2024
Andy (Andres) met us at the hotel in the morning and we all went to the park together - him on a motorcycle, us in a taxi. Worked out great! It's a very popular park and they only let in a certain number of people which meant we had to wait for maybe 45 minutes before we could get in . We spent that time drinking delicious coffee and learning about the local hummingbirds.
Once we were able to get in our guide heard from other guides that no one had had a successful sighting of the famous...
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Andy (Andres) met us at the hotel in the morning and we all went to the park together - him on a motorcycle, us in a taxi. Worked out great! It's a very popular park and they only let in a certain number of people which meant we had to wait for maybe 45 minutes before we could get in . We spent that time drinking delicious coffee and learning about the local hummingbirds.
Once we were able to get in our guide heard from other guides that no one had had a successful sighting of the famous Quetzal so far. We tried our luck in the known spots, but it didn't look good. As we marched off Andy heard the tale tell sign and we immediately started running towards the landing spot (tree). He spotted the bird after a short while and helped us get some great pictures. He is super knowledgeable about all things Monteverde and a great photographer. We ended up spending more time with him than originally planned and enjoyed it a lot.

Tips for future travelers

Get a guide to get anything out of this park. We saw many people without a guide that walked right past some amazing plants and wildlife.

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