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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. 

Montevede: Jungle Zipline & Rappel Experience with Transfer

2. Montevede: Jungle Zipline & Rappel Experience with Transfer

What you'll do Zip line through one of the most breath taking views in Monteverde, this extreme experience offers views to a waterfall, 14 cables of zip line, 5 of them are extremely long: 467 mts, 425 mts, 600 mts, 750 mts, 1 kilometer and height between 75 mts and 150 mts. Total distance 4KM For no additional cost you will also enjoy: -Rappel (30 mts) -Tarzan Swing -Superman cable of 1 km -Subterranean Superman:175 mts long -21 platforms. -Insurance. DON"T MISS THIS BREATHTAKING EXPERIENCE

Monteverde: Waterfalls, Wild Trekking and Horseback Riding

3. 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.

From San José: Monteverde Hanging Bridges Day Trip

4. From San José: Monteverde Hanging Bridges Day Trip

Your tour begins in the morning with pickup in the San José area. Then travel towards the northern part of the country on a very scenic drive, with great views of beautiful mountain ranges, local towns and farms, and the Pacific coast. On the way to Monteverde, enjoy multiple stops. Learn about local fruits at the largest fruit stand of the country. Explore a place where several monkeys are normally observed in the wild at a very close range. Photograph amazing landscapes from a lookout point. Once in Monteverde, savor a delicious lunch and then proceed to do the amazing hanging bridges tour in the cloud forest. Hike with your guide for two to three hours, admiring the beauties of this rare ecosystem and searching for the local wildlife, including monkeys, emerald toucans, coatimundis, and the rare resplendent quetzal, the most beautiful bird of Costa Rica. This hike is approximately 3km (1.9 miles) long and is mostly on flat terrain with a few mild climbs.  Late in the afternoon, return to your accommodation in San José or to your accommodation in central Monteverde. 

Monteverde: Horseback Riding Tour

5. Monteverde: Horseback Riding Tour

Explore the beautiful rural areas of Monteverde on a guided horseback riding tour. Get a sense of local life as you explore the area at a leisurely pace, with fantastic views of the Gulf of Nicoya. Enjoy a tour suitable for all levels of riding ability. Start with pickup from your hotel in Monteverde or Santa Elena. Experience traditional Cost Rican culture and way of living as you ride along the trail. Observe scenery that is typical of Costa Rican customs and culture. Admire the views of vast coffee plantations, sugar cane farms, banana trees, and grazing cattle. Enjoy the beauty of nature while riding through the forest, taking in the breathtaking views of the Gulf of Nicoya and the majestic mountains. As your tour comes to an end, enjoy a private guided tour of the horse farm. Learn a bit more about the history of the ranch and the area with your guide.

Monteverde: Curi-Cancha Reserve Tour with Entry Ticket

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

San Jose: Monteverde Sky Tram & Hanging Bridges Day Tour

9. 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: Wildlife Observation Night Walking Tour

10. 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.

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4.9 / 5

based on 10 reviews

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.

I loved walking on the hanging bridges were awesome. The scenery is amazing. I enjoyed the hike through the forest looking for different animals. Definitely a trip for nature lovers!

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!