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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

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4 MI North Of Santa Elena 6 km, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5390
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Magical forest

A magical place, very quiet and full of wildlife. Would have been nice if they told us there was an... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Guatemala City, Guatemala
A very distinct type of Cloud Forest

The locals say to visit the Santa Elena reserve if you love trees and plants and rainforest-vibe... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
Samantha L
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It is a community non profit project, located near Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The Reserve has an extension of 310 hectares, covered by a majestic Cloud Forest, in which you can observe a great variety of plants, Orchids, trees, ferns, heliconias and others. Also hundreds of residents and migratory birds, as the Quetzal and the Bell bird. Entrance Fee foreign Regular $14 Entrance Fee foreign student $7 Regular Guided walk $15 + Entrance Fee Private Guided Walk $75 + Entrance Fee
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  • Average8%
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4 MI North Of Santa Elena 6 km, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5390
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A magical place, very quiet and full of wildlife. Would have been nice if they told us there was an app that we could use during the trip to learn more about the forest! The paths were great and we were almost alone in the...More

1  Thank Marielasw
Reviewed 10 August 2017

The locals say to visit the Santa Elena reserve if you love trees and plants and rainforest-vibe places, and to visit the Monteverde reserve for birds. That being said, I saw quite a few interesting birds here! The Santa Elena reserve is located more on...More

Thank Samantha L
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

Magical place to spend some time. Really makes you realise the unspoilt beauty of such areas and how much we should treasure and care for the forest for years to come.

Thank Colin S
Reviewed 6 July 2017

My 14-year-old son and I spent a morning exploring this reserve and really enjoyed it. At the time we went, it was very quiet, and we were alone for much of our hike. Although we didn't see a ton of birds or animals (we didn't...More

Thank Leslie S
Reviewed 3 July 2017

We started our guided tour as a group of three. After 10 minutes the guy from the office interrupted our tour and talked to our guide. He wanted to add a family of five to the group. Our guide asked him to take a separate...More

1  Thank Ipmah
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve is the most magical of places. On behalf of my university I visited the reserve and toured as much as was physically possible. The beauty of the forest was astounding, and the density and sensational views were almost impossible to...More

Thank Kaitlin M
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

I recently visited the Reserva on behalf of my University. We were greeted by friendly and welcoming staff prior to exploring the Reserva. There are a vast range of walks available, depending on accessibility & time. We were guided by Walter & Alex, who were...More

Thank Amelia L
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Came from Tamarindo on a whim to see Toucan and a sloth. We were told that we were either crazy or suffering from baked brains if we thought we'd see either. Came anyway. Last night on a night walk, we saw 2 sloths, 4 toucans,...More

Thank B M
Reviewed 11 June 2017

This cloud forest is beautiful. It is so green and lush. There are a few different trails to choose from.

Thank KayleeShepheard
Reviewed 5 June 2017

We wanted to experience the jungle in as pristine form as safely possible. St Elena provided this opportunity for us in abundance. We were there very early morning. The trails quickly become less groomed but any experienced hiker will not find the footing challenging. The...More

Thank Timothius
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2 October 2017|
Response from Timothius | Reviewed this property |
The two parks are very close to each other. Selvatura has the bridges walk which is well maintained and can be done without a guide. The Santa Elena is more primitive - which for me is a good thing. It was much more... More
Diana R
5 October 2016|
Response from Peter V | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, my Spanish is not good enough.