It’s no secret that I love nature more than anything, so I was right in my zone when exploring Monteverde Cloud Forst, located in the highlands of Costa Rica.
Monteverde Cloud Forest is one of the most famous cloud forests in the world, and for good reasons.
The impressive tropical cloud forest has a rich ecosystem with over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 120 species of reptiles and over 3000 plant species. Everywhere you look is a vibrant shade of green and if you look hard enough you are guaranteed to see wildlife.
Things to do in Monteverde Cloud Forest
Monteverde Cloud Forest consists of over 10,500 hectares (26,000 acres) of Cloud Forest, so you can be sure that there is no shortage of places to explore.
Most travellers head to Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve to hike and spot native wildlife. The hiking trails in Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve are well maintained and can be hiked in regular shoes.
Within the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, you will find hiking trails, abundant wildlife, a hanging bridge and waterfalls.
Ask the front gate for a map and more information.
Monteverde Cloud Forest
The cost to visit Monteverde Cloud Forest
Entry is $18 or $9 with a student card. It costs an additional $15 to hire a guide.
Do you need a guide to visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve?
When we arrived in Monteverde we were told a guide was essential for the Monteverde Cloud Forest. This isn’t true. Guests can wander the reserve independently, but a guided tour will help you to get the full experience and spot wildlife that you may not have seen on your own.
Getting to Monteverde Cloud Forest
There is a public bus that leaves from Banco Nacional in Santa Elena at 6:15 AM, 7:20 AM, and 1:15 PM. Return buses leave the reserve at 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM, and 4:00 PM. Cost is $1 each way.
Alternatively, a taxi costs around $10 (for up to five passengers) each way.
Tips for visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest
- Take a jacket and rain jacket, this part of Costa Rica is colder than other parts and can get very moist.
- If you are a student, bring a valid student ID to pay a significantly cheaper entrance fee ($7 instead of $18).
- For more things to do in Monteverde, see my full guide.