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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. 

La Fortuna or Monteverde: One-Way Boat Transfer

5. 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

6. 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: Horseback Riding Tour

7. 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.

La Fortuna: Van and Water Taxi Transfer to Monteverde

8. La Fortuna: Van and Water Taxi Transfer to Monteverde

Enjoy a stress-free transfer from La Fortuna to Montverde. Travel aboard a comfortable and airconditioned van to the water taxi and glide across the lake. Transfer to a van on the other side and be whisked away to your destination in Montverde. Choose from a shared option or a private option with no additional stops for other passengers along the way. Skip the hassle of arranging transportation while on vacation with a convenient pre-booked and professional transfer service. Meet your driver at your doorstep in La Fortuna and relax on the drive to the water taxi. Feel the thrill of cruising across the lake on a ride that lasts about an hour. Admire views of the shore along the way. Arrive at the other side of the lake and transfer to a comfortable van for the journey to your hotel in Montverde.

Monteverde: Curi-Cancha Reserve Tour with Entry Ticket

9. 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: Sky Walk, Sky Tram & Sky Trek Ziplining Tour

10. Monteverde: Sky Walk, Sky Tram & Sky Trek Ziplining Tour

Explore Monteverde in a new way by getting a new perspective on the forest through the Sky Walk, SKy Tram, and the Sky Trek system of zip lines to admire the forest from the air. Spot different flora and fauna from the air, and admire the cloud forest, Arenal Volcano, Miravelles, and Orosi Volcanoes. Begin the tour with the Sky Walk guided tour, which combines trails and suspension bridges of varying lengths and heights above the canopy of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Enjoy the flora and fauna of the area while being immersed in the forest's canopy, and learn from a guide specializing in the forest. Next, enjoy the Sky Tram portion of the tour, and have the opportunity to ride through the forest with short stops to observe the forest's biodiversity, and spot Arenal, Tenorio, Miravilles, and Orosi Volcanoes, and admire the Nicoya Gulf and Guanacaste Plain if the weather permits. For the final portion of the tour, enjoy the Sky Trek system of zip lines, which combined cover over 2.5 miles of distance through the forest. Enjoy a unique experience of adventure and adrenaline with speeds up to 40 miles per hour and distances ranging up to 2500 feet and heights of 524 feet. Absorb the views from five different observation towers over the cloud forest's treetops offering a panoramic view of the surroundings. Try the Sky Trek Vertigo drop, perfect for anyone looking for an adrenaline-filled activity.

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4.7 / 5

based on 105 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.

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.

La caminata por el bosque es increíble. Y las tirolesas wooooow si eres fan de la adrenalina y aventura obvio debes hacerlas

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

The other group in our party canceled, so we got a private tour with Jorge. He was amazing!