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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

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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
+506 2645 5390
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful natural reserve. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable. There are many trails, groomed and natural, to follow around the area. There is even a lookout point so that on a clear day you can see a volcano (beware this is in...More

Thank MichaelDTraveller
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Six months ago today, my wife and I were very fortunate to spend several afternoon hours walking the well-constructed paths of the wondrous Santa Elena Reserve. We were guided by Everth, who was outstanding - friendly, skillful, and knowledgeable: he informed us regarding the ecosystems...More

Thank fallsda53
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Great place to walk into the forest, better if you visit it during the morning. It’s not necessary to take another Reserve, if you stay in Monteverde just for a day or two, doing just this one is perfect, the forest is the same.

Thank ardien85
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

It is beautiful - if your a nature junkie like me you can easily spend the day wandering. We did a guided tour which was great in learning about the area and different species. It was about $35 USD Otherwise you can do your own...More

Thank Gsum8
Reviewed 21 August 2018

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

1  Thank NavidS269
Reviewed 20 August 2018

I loved spending time in the cloud forrest, and this reserve was one of the better spots for bird sightings (Ketzel!) and nature hikes. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and we had a very positive experience overall.

Thank Matts_Mundo
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

They have a bus that picks up from your hotel/hostel which is 2 USD round trip with a 16 dollar entry fee (9 dollars with student ID) without a guide. We arrived at 11:45 and left at 4 pm. We hiked two trails and had...More

2  Thank ElectriciTea
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

1  Thank Rufus B
Reviewed 15 August 2018

This, even in the pouring rain for our entire hike, was a true rainforest experience and not to be missed.

Thank britt824
Reviewed 10 August 2018

This is a beautiful reserve. There are walks of varying lengths - we did all of them as we had the time, and the views are amazing. It isn't too busy and so you get to fully experience the cloud forests. Definitely recommend!

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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
5 October 2016|
Response from Peter V | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, my Spanish is not good enough.