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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

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“santa elena”(41 reviews)
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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...more
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4 MI North Of Santa Elena 6 km, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was much quieter than the Montevede Cloud Forest, but was very enjoyable for a 2/3 hour trek. Some spectacular views can be seen, but the real enjoyment was walking amongst the cloud forest, birds and bugs. Trails are well marked and shorter trails...More

Thank NavidS269
Reviewed 16 August 2018

we did the classic and went first to Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve but thank goodness we also came to Santa Elena as we enjoyed it far more - we saw more mammal animal life, we saw more butterflies, we climbed the mirador to see the...More

Thank Rufus B
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

When you consider where you are and the opportunity to walk so deeply into a cloud forest this is great value for $! If you want exercise, maybe 4 other people on the track and amazing cloud forest do the longer Cano Negro walk. (I...More

1  Thank OhSusannaAustralia
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

The trails are clearly marked, so there’s no chance of getting lost. All trails are flattened with gravel, except for El Caño, which is a natural trail (expect mud and more mud; rubber boots on rent for USD$2). It was raining a lot, so we...More

Thank Alejandro Z
Reserva Bosque ... S, The Team at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2018

Hi Alejandro! Thanks for your comment, we hope you have enjoy the Cloud Forest as much as you could! We do offer guided walks all days at 7:30 am / 9:15 am / 11:30 am / 1:00 pm. Maybe they groups were full on the...More

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

4  Thank JuliaReitor
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

Thank zimof1
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
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).

Thank VeronicaG3275
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

Thank Experience755096
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!

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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.