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Monteverde Birdwatching

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Monteverde: Curi-Cancha Reserve Tour with Entry Ticket

1. Monteverde: Curi-Cancha Reserve Tour with Entry Ticket

Go on a tour of the Curi-Cancha reserve in Monteverde. Get picked up from your hotel, and drive to the 83-hectare reserve. Start your tour with a local guide and see a variety of rare birds and unusual animals. Marvel at the views and take lots of photos. Get dropped back at your hotel at the end. Begin your hike and listen to your guide tell you all about the wildlife in the area. Keep your eyes peeled for rare birds, including the Resplendent Quetzal, the Three-Wattled Bellbird, the Blue-Crowned Motmot, and the Orange-bellied Trogon. Continue along 7 kilometers of natural trails and get to see the flora and fauna of the tropical forest. See if you can spot unusual wild animals, such as armadillos, coatis, and two-toed sloths and use the opportunity to take photos. Learn about the sustainable practices of the reserve. Marvel at impressive views of the mountains surrounding you. Get taken back to your hotel at the end of the tour.

Monteverde or Santa Elena: Suspension Bridges Private Tour

2. Monteverde or Santa Elena: Suspension Bridges Private Tour

Embark on a nature tour with a naturalist guide in Monteverde. Take a bird's-eye view of the delicate tree tops as you walk across hanging bridges and witness the cloud forest from above. As you hike, watch out for animals in their natural habitat and immerse yourself in biodiversity. Feel the ease of getting picked up from your accommodation in either Monteverde or Santa Elena and get ready to hike through the natural environment of Costa Rica. Begin your hike along the flat trails that are easy to traverse and feel yourself relax with your naturalist guide. Cross over the suspension bridges of various lengths and watch over the treetops, feeling totally safe and secure along the longest suspension bridge system in Costa Rica. Lose yourself in the magnificent diversity of the region, with many opportunities to witness animals and plants in the wild.

Monteverde: Suspension Bridges, Sloths, and Butterflies

3. Monteverde: Suspension Bridges, Sloths, and Butterflies

Treat yourself to a fun-filled day exploring all the very best of Monteverde Cloud Forest. Tour the Butterfly Garden and the Sloth Sanctuary alongside an expert guide. Walk the impressive self-guided suspension bridges at your own pace. For those who want to enjoy the wonderful variety of vegetation and unusual bird life that the area has to offer while appreciating the splendor of the canopy at their own pace, the Tree Top pathway is the best way to experience the cloud forest. One of the biggest on the continent is the magnificent butterfly garden in Monteverde. The garden, which is 300 feet long and 90 feet wide with a massive 50-foot dome ceiling, is home to 50 different butterfly species. Learn about the life cycle, distinctive behaviors, and evolutionary history of these extraordinary species on a guided tour of the live exhibit. Visitors can view many species of colorful birds here, which will awe you with their breathtaking flying tricks. Visit these magnificent facilities and learn about Costa Rica's flora and fauna while accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. At the Sloth Sanctuary, take the opportunity to observe different species of sloths. A natural exhibition has been developed where sloths can move freely along specially made trails.

La Fortuna Bird Watching Tour with Naturalist Guide

4. La Fortuna Bird Watching Tour with Naturalist Guide

See Costa Rica's amazing variety of bird life on this birdwatching tour from La Fortuna. Depending on the season, and the best birding options available, either head up near the Arenal Volcano by the Arenal Lake, or visit the El Silencio Nature Reserve or Finca Luna Nueva. The elusive tropical birds of Costa Rica are best spotted in the morning, so you'll rise early and begin your jungle adventure in the morning. Spot all kinds of wildlife, like toucans, parrots, oropendolas, colorful tanagers, or wild parakeets. Your guide will help you spot species such as Royal Flycatchers, White-fronted Nunbirds, and Cinnamon Woodpeckers, discussing each variety with you and marking them down in your guide book.

Monteverde: Wildlife Observation Night Walking Tour

5. Monteverde: Wildlife Observation Night Walking Tour

Enjoy a unique tour in the forests of the Monteverde mountains at night, and enjoy spotting wildlife at night when it is most active on this nighttime wildlife observation tour. Spot the local wildlife including sloths, coatis, agoutis, tarantulas, frogs, insects, sleeping birds, porcupines, and gray foxes. Be picked up from your hotel or accommodation and get ready to experience one of the best ways to see Monteverde's wildlife, and see the animals at night when many unique Costa Rican species are most active. Begin the tour at sunset, when animals are most active, as diurnal species are looking for places to sleep and nocturnal animals are beginning their day. Take advantage of the chance to see many more species than would be possible with a day tour, and enjoy a unique perspective of the forest, where guides will help you to spot the greatest number of species on the tour. Encounter various species in their natural habitats, including coatis, agoutis, porcupines, gray foxes, tarantulas, frogs, some insect species, and many varieties of sleeping birds. See if you can spot any of Costa Rica's famous two-toed sloths, who are more common at this elevation than their three-toed relatives. Immerse yourself in the forest at night and enjoy a unique way to see the unique wildlife that inhabits the forests of Monteverde, before returning to your hotel or accommodation in Monteverde or Santa Elena.

Monteverde and Santa Elena: Cloud Forest Bird-Watching Tour

6. Monteverde and Santa Elena: Cloud Forest Bird-Watching Tour

Delve into the cloud forests of Monteverde and Santa Elena on a guided bird-watching tour from Monteverde or Santa Elena. Explore the Curi-Cancha Reserve and see rare birds, including the resplendent quetzal and the keel-billed toucan. Be picked up from your hotel in Monteverde or Santa Elena and arrive at the Monteverde Cloud Forest. With an elevation of 1,440 meters (4,724 feet) above sea level, the park attracts a diverse range of tropical bird species. Follow your guide through this lush forest and observe a variety of birds with 400 native species. See the beautiful quetzal, a bird that migrates to the lower parts of the reserve during breeding season, and identify the thirty species of hummingbird. Continue to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Situated slightly higher than the Monteverde reserve, the forest is more secluded and boasts a rich population of wildlife. Explore quiet trails with sprawling vegetation and catch a glimpse of the collared trogon or resplendent quetzal. Finally, make your way to the Curi-Cancha Reserve - one of the best places in the area for bird watching. Walk along the rugged trails and scout out birds, such as the bar-tailed trogon, the keel-billed toucan, and the bobo bird.  At the end of your bird-watching experience, be returned back to your accommodation in Monteverde and Santa Elena.

Monteverde: Canopy Tour, Treetop Bridges & Butterfly Garden

7. Monteverde: Canopy Tour, Treetop Bridges & Butterfly Garden

Canopy Tour Monteverde's outstanding canopy tour has some of the longest cables in Costa Rica and is the only one truly immersed in virgin forest. The tour is made up of 15 cables and 18 viewing platforms, traversing over two miles of forest and combining the thrill of the zip line with a unique perspective of the tree-top canopy. After an initial introduction to the safety equipment, visitors are fitted with the highest quality harnesses by professional guides. Soon after, riders will begin their flight through the forest. Treetop Suspension Bridges The Tree Top walkway is the ideal cloud forest experience for those who wish to explore the beauty of the canopy at their own pace and appreciate the incredible array of vegetation and exotic bird life that the region has to offer. The walkway consists of 8 suspension bridges connected by trails covering 1.9 miles (3km). The bridges vary from 150ft (50m) to 500ft (170m) in length and are suspended at heights ranging from 36ft (12m) to 180ft (60m). At almost 5ft (1.5m) wide, the bridge system is the widest and sturdiest in Costa Rica. Butterfly Garden Monteverde's stunning butterfly garden is one of the largest on the continent. At 300ft long and 90ft wide, with a huge 50ft dome ceiling, the giant garden is host to 50 species of butterflies. Accurate and sensitive temperature controlling enables the survival of species from a range of altitudes and climate conditions throughout Costa Rica. Take a guided tour through this fascinating live exhibit and learn about the life cycle, special behaviors, and evolution of these unique creatures. Reptile and Amphibian Exhibit This reptile and amphibian exhibition include over 30 species of frogs, toads, lizards, geckos, and snakes, all of which are native to Costa Rica. The live specimens are housed in an array of terrariums, each adorned with vegetation and natural lighting and humidity levels to simulate natural habitats. Everything is monitored by a permanent, on-site biologist. Get to know the herpetology of Costa Rica while being accompanied by a specialized guide during your visit to these beautiful facilities. Sloth Sanctuary The sanctuary was born through cooperation with the Caribbean Sloth Sanctuary, a foundation that shares the vision of conservation, and has worked in the rescue, conservation, reintroduction, and monitoring of sloths in their natural habitat for over 20 years. We’ve designed a natural exhibit where sloths can travel freely between paths specially created so that they can roam among the trees and foliage of the exhibition. This provides a safe distance that allows observation while preventing as much stress on the animals as possible. These beautiful mammals have arrived at this sanctuary as refugees from the effects of poaching, habitat destruction, orphanage, illness, and accidents among other reasons that prevent them from being reintroduced to their natural habitat.

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What people are saying about Monteverde

If you read carefully beforehand you will get exactly what was described. Unfortunately, we approached the day with different expectations. We thought a guide would take us half the day through the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Transfer went great. When they got there everyone got stressed and everyone on the bus ran somewhere else. We knew nothing and went to the checkout. With our ticket we got an entrance to the hanging bridges (without a guide) and a ticket around the sloth sanctuary (with a guide) and the butterfly hall (with a guide). As described, just didn't read it carefully... But the guide was good. Price performance but in our opinion too high. Individually we would have gotten the tickets cheaper...

Donald was very knowledgeable and I really appreciated the level of detail he was able to provide on Costa Rica ecological life. Fun, eventful tour with good company.

Our guide had a very good knowledge and taught us a lot. If I had booked the tour through the hotel I would have paid quite a bit less which frustrated me a bit.

The other group in our party canceled, so we got a private tour with Jorge. He was amazing!

Saw so many great animals including the Resplendent Queztal!!