Tours in Monteverde Costa Rica
Monteverde is Costa Rica`s most internationally recognize ecotourism destination. The reserve itself with the extensive network of private reserves around it are incredibly rich in biodiversity, and a well-organized infrastructure helps guarantee a rewarding experience for both first-time and experienced eco-adventurers.
Adventure Tours by Selvatura
Located close to Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, is the best one-stop shop for various adventures and attractions in the area. In addition to an extensive canopy tour, with 15 cables coneecting 18 platforms they also have a network of trails and suspended bridges, a huge butterly garden, a hummingbird garden, a snake exhibit, and a woderful insect display and museum.
San Luis Waterfall
The San Luis Waterfall is one of the best hiking tour you can take while visiting Monteverde Cloud Fores. It is hidden in San Luis Valley, about 25 minutes driving from Monteverde and a 40 minutes easy-walk into the forest. Crossing the river in 4 sections through out wood bridges, but the most of is to be immerse in the real nature.
Curi Cancha Wildlife Refuge
Curi Cancha Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife refuge in the central part of Costa Rica, which forms part of the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area and protects humid forest in the Cordillera de Tilarán near Juntas. The refuge entrance is about a kilometer before the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. The lower portion is drier, with few epiphytes, but the upper portion is cloud forest. While the forest is not quite so pristine as Monteverde, the most spectacular birds are much easier to see. (Author spent a day in each reserve in Jan., 2012). The refuge is particularly good for the Resplendent Quetzal, the most sought-after bird of the cloud forest. The refuge is also a good place to find Keel-Billed Toucan, Blue-Crowned Motmot, Orange-Bellied Trogon, and Three-toed Sloth, as well as monkeys.
Santa Elena Reserve
The Santa Elena Reserve comprises an area of 310 hectare or 765 acres, and together with the Children's Eternal Rainforest, the Arenal Conservation Area and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve constitute a contiguous conservation area of approximately 28,000 hectares or 69,000 acres. Plans are underway to raise funds to buy and restore adjacent farmlands for future inclusion into the Santa Elena Reserve. Conservation efforts in the area are concentrating on establishing forest corridors radiating from the central conservation area down to lower altitudes as many of the forest fauna, such as the Resplendent Quetzal, American Pumas, Jaguars, Ocelots, and Red Brocket Deer require large territories in which to forage and breed.
Monteverde Wildlife Refuge
Used in the past as an agrarian farm, is a protected area of 30 hectares, situated less than a mile above sea level. Monteverde Wild Life Refuge is right between the Pacific dry forest and Monteverde`s cloud forest, which provides an extensive diversity of flora and fauna. Throughout the tour and depending on the season, you may observe toucans, quetzals, bellbirds and a wide variety of other birds, as well as several mammals like sloths, olingos, kinkajous and monkeys. You can also observe snakes, tarantulas, frogs and great variety of insects. And don’t forget the far-reaching plant diversity of the place.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Pioneers of environmental tourism, the Reserve quickly gained world-renown respect for it's extraordinarily rich cloud forest. After 30 years, it continues to serve as an inspirational model of conservation.
This is one of the most extensive canopy tours in Costa Rica, with two very long cables to cross. The longest of these is some 770m long, high above the forest floor.
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