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Santa Elena or Monteverde: Cloud Forest Night Walking Tour

1. Santa Elena or Monteverde: Cloud Forest Night Walking Tour

Take a guided walking tour through the rich biodiversity of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve as nocturnal mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians wake up for the night. Be picked up and dropped off at your doorstep in Santa Elena or Monteverde.  Hop aboard an airconditioned coach and sit back and relax on the drive into the Cloud Forest. Find out for yourself how busy the forest can be at night as most animals are active in the evening and around 80 percent are nocturnal.  Follow your guide through paths lined with lush vegetation. Spot critters that are not seen during the day on a 2-hour walk. Look for animals like raccoons, sloths, armadillos, olingos, and kinkajous that are active at night.  Follow your guide on a magical journey through a beautiful forest as well as a sustainable coffee, banana, and sugar cane area. Return to your accommodation in Santa Elena or Monteverde by coach at the end of your tour. 

Monteverde: Waterfalls, Wild Trekking and Horseback Riding

2. Monteverde: Waterfalls, Wild Trekking and Horseback Riding

Experience a thrilling tour with an exciting combination of activities perfect for tourists trying to make the most of their trip. Try horseback riding, admire gorgeous waterfalls, and hike through nature on this daytime adventure tour. Enjoy an ideal combination of horseback riding, waterfalls, and real hiking on the perfect trekking tour for the daring tourist. Descend a mountain by foot to reach a lovely river with four large waterfalls where you will have time to stop, relax, and enjoy a snack. Cross a few rustic bridges and admire the scenery as you trek through the landscape. The trek ends with a horseback ride up the hill that takes about 35 minutes. Take a refreshing dip in the waters of the river if the weather permits Stop at a lovely viewpoint where you can admire the sights of Volcán Arenal, Volcán Rincón de La Vieja, Volcán Tenorio, and Volcán Miravalles. Stare off further into the distance to see some of Guanacaste Province and Arenal Lake if the weather is good and visibility is clear.

La Fortuna or Monteverde: One-Way Boat Transfer

3. La Fortuna or Monteverde: One-Way Boat Transfer

Add a little adventure to your transportation needs between Monteverde and La Fortuna and avail of a transfer that includes an informative boat tour across Lake Arenal. Get spectacular views of Arenal Volcano and the cloud forests of Monteverde as you travel by van and boat. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure in either direction to suit your schedule, and relax in the knowledge that your luggage will be taken care of on every step of the journey. Depart La Fortuna and travel to Lake Arenal by van. Then, take a 30-minute boat ride to the town of Río Chiquito before continuing to Monteverde by van. For departures from Monteverde, travel to Lake Arenal by van. Cross Lake Arenal on an enlightening 30-minute boat ride to the earthen dam, and then continue to La Fortuna by van for drop off at your hotel.

Monteverde: Zip Line, Bridges, and Butterfly Garden Tour

4. Monteverde: Zip Line, Bridges, and Butterfly Garden Tour

Treat yourself to a day of fun in Monteverde park. Zip line through the tree canopy, walk across the impressive self-guided suspension bridges, and wander around the extensive butterfly gardens with a guide. Experience the Monteverde Cloud Forest by zip line. Then head to the tree-top walkway, the ideal experience for those who want to explore the beauty of the canopy at their own pace and appreciate the region's incredible array of vegetation and exotic bird life. The walkway is made up of eight suspension bridges linked by 1.9 miles of trails. The bridges range in length from 150 feet to 500 feet and are suspended at heights ranging from 36 feet to 180 feet. The bridge system is the widest and strongest in Costa Rica. The stunning butterfly garden in Monteverde is one of the largest on the continent. Discover the giant garden that is 300 feet long and 90 feet wide, with a massive 50-foot dome ceiling and 50 species of butterflies. Temperature control that is precise and sensitive allows species to survive across a wide range of altitudes and climate conditions in Costa Rica. Take a guided tour of this fascinating live exhibit to learn about the life cycle, special behaviors, and evolution of these extraordinary creatures.

Monteverde: Transfer to La Fortuna via Lake Arenal

5. Monteverde: Transfer to La Fortuna via Lake Arenal

Travel easy, safe, and fun between Monteverde and La Fortuna De Arenal! Also known as the Taxi-Boat-Taxi or Jeep-Boat-Jeep, this is the fastest and most popular route between Monteverde and Arenal, combining the excitement of an adventure trip with the convenience of a transport service. Experience the beauty of the Arenal Volcano National Park, a boat ride on Lake Arenal, and incredible views of the mountains and villages. Travel easily between Monteverde and La Fortuna de Arenal. This service is provided daily from Monteverde to Arenal. We will gladly pick you up from the door of your hotel, then you will get transported by vehicle to the lake and then board a boat for approximately one hour to cross the lake. Once you reach the other side, one of our professional representatives will help you load the luggage, board the vehicle, and take you to the door of your hotel. The Shared Arenal Lake Crossing operates daily. However, shared shuttles are by no means public bus transportation. Another nice feature of our shared shuttle is that there is at least one stop along the way where passengers can stretch, pose for photographs, use the facilities, and get food. The Private Arenal Lake Crossing can be scheduled anytime you wish and from any airport, hotel, private home, or identifiable landmark in Costa Rica. Another nice feature of our private transport is that it allows one hour of free wait time for the journey, giving your group opportunities to coordinate a road adventure, pose for photographs, take bathroom breaks, or enjoy a meal. Enjoy your way with Wi-Fi inside the vehicles to share every adventure of your trip. Our local drivers and guides who are eager to help your group move safely around the country will show you our amazing country. Trust is earned. Give us the opportunity to earn yours. We will be happy to be part of your next trip!

San Jose: Monteverde Sky Tram & Hanging Bridges Day Tour

6. San Jose: Monteverde Sky Tram & Hanging Bridges Day Tour

Discover the lush Cloud Forests of Monteverde on this Sky Tram and Hanging Bridges trip from San Jose. Travel to the Northern Highlands of Costa Rica on a very scenic ride where you will get great views of mountains, farms, local towns and the Coast of the Puntarenas Province. See the largest fruit stand of the country, where you will see a large variety of tropical fruits. Visit the “Monkey Lady House” and several white-faced monkeys at very close range. Once in Monteverde, savor a delicious lunch and then proceed to ride on the Sky Tram, with great views of the whole Monteverde-Santa Elena area. Spend about 15-20 minutes at the highest look-out point, and then ride the Tram down for about 15 minutes.  Then, walk on the amazing Sky Walk Hanging Bridges in the Cloud Forest, where you will hike with your expert naturalist guide for about 2-3 hours, learning interesting aspects of the flora and fauna of this rare and endangered ecosystem.

Monteverde: 3-in-1 Sky Tram, Sky Trek and Sky Walk

7. Monteverde: 3-in-1 Sky Tram, Sky Trek and Sky Walk

See the Monteverde Cloud Forest from above on a guided canopy tour. Ascend to the treetops in a sky tram, admire native wildlife as you cross suspension bridges, and soar above the cloud forest on a zip line. After being picked up from your hotel, board the aerial tram and ascend above the beautiful cloud forest, stopping along the way to observe plant and animal life. Learn about the different species and habitats from your guide. Then, arrive at the first of two observatory platforms, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and, on a clear day, the northern lowlands that stretch all the way to the Caribbean. Next, make your way across the suspension bridges, each with its own breathtaking view of the forest. Take your time to cross and admire the cloud forest's flora and fauna from a dizzying height. Finally, zip line across the canopy and get a birds-eye view of the forest. Enjoy eight zip line cables totaling nearly 1.8 miles (3 kilometers), with distances ranging from 131 to 2,460 feet (40 meters and 750 meters) and heights ranging from 49 to 328 feet (15 meters to 100 meters). At the end of your canopy tour, you will be returned to your hotel in Monteverde.

From Monteverde or Santa Elena: Cloud Forest Canyoning

8. From Monteverde or Santa Elena: Cloud Forest Canyoning

Embark on a canyoning tour through the Monteverde Cloud Forest with round-trip transfers from your hotel in Monteverde or Santa Elena. Enjoy support from your guides as you rappel down six waterfalls and look out for a variety of local wildlife. Begin with a convenient pickup from your hotel and meet your guides. Put on your safety equipment before following your guides into the beathtaking Monteverde Cloud Forest. Identify rare birds with the help of your guides and if you're lucky, you might see a monkey. On your way to the waterfall, admire delicate orchids and massive ferns growing among the tangled foliage. After a brief walk, your guides will give you a safety briefing on how to use the equipment before you start. Once you feel comfortable, make your way to the edge of the first waterfall located in the beautiful canyon of the Cañas River's source. Rappel down six waterfalls in total, the tallest of which is 40 meters high. Enjoy support from your guides throughout the activity as you gain confidence with each descent. After your activity, be transferred back to your accommodation.

From La Fortuna: Transfer to Monteverde via Arenal Lake

9. From La Fortuna: Transfer to Monteverde via Arenal Lake

Travel easily between La Fortuna and Monteverde with a van-boat-van transfer crossing over Arenal Lake. On the fastest route between the two towns, you'll experience the beauty of the Arenal Volcano National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Enjoy transportation from your hotel door in La Fortuna to your location in Monteverde or Santa Elena. Your transfer lasts approximately three hours, including one hour of sailing over Lake Arenal. Take in the route's spectacular views of the lake, Arenal Volcano National Park, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. There's also time for a pit stop to stretch your legs, use the bathroom, take photos of the scenery, and buy food. Make use of the free wifi on board the vans. The non-private transfer operates on a pre-set daily schedule, and the private option can be scheduled at any time. Both options include door-to-door pickup and drop-off from within the designated zones.

Monteverde and Santa Elena: Cloud Forest Bird-Watching Tour

10. 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.

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Amazing time walking through the forest at night, seeing the different insects and having the guides search for them. It was amazing just to see wildlife outside of a television screen, and have a guide that was very knowledgeable about each insect and animal that we came across. 100% would do it again, and I've already been recommending it to others.

The guide was wonderful. We saw sloths,tarantulas,and birds. I was amazed how big the trees were. We were a party of 5 and everyone enjoyed the hike. I highly recommended this adventure.

Amazing experience. If you have a headlight, bring it, but its not worth buying one for specifically. We saw so many animals and our guide was amazing at spotting them! 100% recommend!!

Wonderful experience! Our guide Juan, was so knowledgeable and really cares about the environment and the animals. We saw heaps during the walk and were so glad we did it!

Great experience! Broke up my travel from la fortuna to Monteverde and couldn’t be more happier