Santa Elena Birdwatching & Jungle Hike

The resplendent quetzal, perhaps the most exotic bird in Monteverde
The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve is a 766-acre protected area and is home to hundreds of species of exotic birds including the resplendent quetzal, hummingbird, black guan, toucanet, and more. You'll also see mammals like howler monkeys, agoutis, coatimundis, tapirs, and pumas.

On this three-hour tour, you'll be accompanied by a naturalist guide who will point out the various animals you'll spot along the way. But that's not all; the fauna is impressive too. Santa Elena is a veritable garden of exotic flowers, mosses, ferns, epiphytes, all of them growing amid the misty cloud forest. This is truly one of the most fascinating ecotourism reserves in the entire country.

Tours that Include Santa Elena Birdwatching & Jungle Hike

Explore the cloud forest in Monteverde
Map of Costa Rica Adventure & Wildlife Tour - 10 Days
Costa Rica Adventure & Wildlife Tour - 10 Days

Spend 10 days getting to know the diverse wildlife of Costa Rica's rainforests, with plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities, too. You'll zip-line through the rainforest, hike to waterfalls, and mountain bike on a volcano, with opportunities for kayaking and relaxing in hot springs.

Hanging bridge in Monteverde National Park
Map of Costa Rica's Cloud Forests - 6 Days
Costa Rica's Cloud Forests - 6 Days

Head to the Monteverde region if you want to experience a distinct ecosystem, spot wildlife, and have plentiful options for hiking and zip-lining. Perfect for a quick getaway, the 6-day version of this itinerary will take you to both Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves, along with two nights in vibrant San José.