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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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Great visit!

We visited at the beginning of June - we didn't meet any single person on the trail through hour 4... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2018
JuliaReitor
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
Worth the visit

This small park with hotel, which a very good option price quality wise, has a lot to offer. It's... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2018
zimof1
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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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4 MI North Of Santa Elena 6 km, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

We visited at the beginning of June - we didn't meet any single person on the trail through hour 4 hours hike. There were only 3 private cars and one minivan on a parking lot. Take Negro trail as less people go there. We saw...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2018

This small park with hotel, which a very good option price quality wise, has a lot to offer. It's quiet, the paths are well maintained, and there is plenty to see. We did an afternoon walk by ourselfs, which resulted in monkeys and a lot...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2018

Spent part of a morning there with local guide Adrian Mendez. Being in the cloud forest definitely meant foggy/misting conditions that definitely made for difficulty in taking pics. In addition we experienced periodic showers. Made for perhaps less bird activity than might have occurred otherwise....More

1  Thank wegoustay
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

I took the Encantado Trail. No guide. Just walk thru the forest, stop for photos or to examine foliage, birds, insects closer- about 2 hours. Other tours with guides will help identify birds, and maybe will have opportunity to see forest animals (most are nocturnal).

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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

This cloudforest is really worth a visit! Take your time and look around you to see some interesting animales! Birds, catapillars, butterflies and other insects... the Sound is so wonderful! Flowers, plants, so much green! We took all the smaller trails. It is really really...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018

We love spending the day hiking through here, its so beautiful and magical feeling. Bring you raincoat and enjoy a hike through the cloud forest!

1  Thank SheBakes
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

We had the morning in the park with a guide, having the chance to see the Resplendent Quetzel. Just amazing. Our guide Bernie was very knowledgeable and kept us thinking and question asking. We spent the afternoon meandering around the numerous trails on our own...More

Thank Irving H
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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

We made a tour with our guide Oscar from 7-11 a.m. Being one of the first into the reserve gave us some advantage but even later on it did not seem crowded. A guide with an optical scope is invaluable in terms of spotting wildlife...More

Thank Simon S
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

We found this to be our favourite reserve in the Monteverde area. It was more authentic as a Cloud Forest for us and far less busy then the others we visited. We had a guide for the first part of the day and then explored...More

2  Thank TrevorTJM
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

Amazing experience once in a lifetime. We chose the longest trail and were so amazed by the untouched nature.

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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
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Diana R
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Response from Peter V | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, my Spanish is not good enough.
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