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Santa Elena Reserve Excursion

Guided excursion with transportation included
Duration: 4 hours
Includes: The services of a Naturalist Guide in a group of no more than 9 guests when shared, and only your group when reserved privately, round trip transportation, and entrance fee to the Reserve. Also, 1 bottle of water p/person.
**Requires a minimum of two guests
Shared Adult Rate Shared Child Rate Private Adult Rate Private Child Rate
$65 $50 $90 $70
Guided excursion without transportation
Duration: 4 hours
Includes: The services of a Naturalist Guide in a group of no more than 9 guests when shared, and only your group when reserved privately, and entrance fee to the Reserve. Also, 1 bottle of water p/person.
**Requires a minimum of two guests
Shared Adult Rate Shared Child Rate Private Adult Rate Private Child Rate
$55 $40 $80 $60
Entrance fee + transportation (self guided)
Duration: As long as you like
Includes: Round trip transportation, entrance fee to the Reserve and 1 bottle of water p/person.
**Requires a minimum of two guests
Shared Adult Rate Shared Child Rate Private Adult Rate Private Child Rate
$35 $25 NA NA
Entrance fee without transportation (self guided)
Duration: As long as you like
Includes: entrance fee to the Reserve.
Shared Adult Rate Shared Child Rate Private Adult Rate Private Child Rate
$14 $7 NA NA

The lesser known Santa Elena Reserve is a cloud forest that should not be missed. Its higher elevation makes it cooler with more wind you often hike in the clouds, giving you a real sense of a Cloud Forest. The Santa Elena Reserve sits on the Caribbean Slope and has an extensive trail system covering patches of secondary forest as well as extensive areas of primary forest. Depending on your interest the trail system offers short, intermediate and long hikes.

Santa Elena is the best place to search for the Three-Wattled Bell bird, their hummingbird gallery is busy with five different species of Hummingbirds and its trails are busy with mixed flocks of birds.

For mammals you may want to consider a visit to the Ecological Sanctuary or spend some time in the Monteverde Lodge Gardens where the White-Faced Capuchin, the Two and Three-Toed sloth, the Agouti and Coatimundi visit regularly.

From a botanical point of view, Santa Elena offers many opportunities to observe plants and learn about the interactions that take place in this complex ecosystem.

If you are not reserving a complete package (which already includes this tour) we highly recommend that you reserve your Cloud Forest experience at the same time you reserve your room. You can do this by writing a comment in the comment box on the Reservation Form.

You can also book this tour once you are in Monteverde Lodge with the front desk.

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Which Reserve to Choose?

Monteverde Cloud Forest Trails
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
PROS CONS
Views from the Continental Divide

Very high visitation during peak times. Will meet many other travelers. Will have to share the sighting of a bird or animal.

Easier to sight the Resplendant Quetzal
Primary and Secondary Forest
Extensive Trail System
Trails protected from wind
Hummingbird Gallery with 9 species
Santa Elena Reserve
Santa Elena Reserve
PROS CONS
Much less visitation, you can hike and view birds and wildlife with minimal interruptions from other groups.

Can be colder.
Not all trails are protected from wind.
Trails slightly steeper.

Easier to sight the Three Wattled Bell Bird
Primnary and Secondary Forest
Possible to hike to a lookout point with a view of Arenal Volcano
Hummingbird Gallery with 5 species
Offers more botanical variety

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In Monteverde after passing World of Insects on your left, take the right fork in the road, drive 500 meters to the entrance of the lodge on your right.
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