2 Day Highlights Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica

Best of Monteverde Costa Rica: 2-Day Highlight Tour

On this 2-day Highlight Tour you will see why the Cloud Forests of Monteverde Costa Rica are so famous! Monteverde means 'Green Mountain' and is located along the Continental Divide at approximately 1440 meters.

Ecologically, the forests provide a safe haven for hundreds of mammals, birds, insects and species of plants. They have a unique beauty and one of the few nature gems in the world. There are many activites in Monteverde, from hiking, horseback riding, coffee tours, canopy tours and much, much more!

One day is just not enough to visit this area and so our two-day tour gives you a chance to see the highlights!

Day 1

MORNING.- Travel to Monteverde!
The journey up to the Monteverde Cloud Forest is an adventure in itself. You will wind up mountain roads with the most amazing views of the forests in the distance and also the Gulf of Nicoya. 

A shared shuttle will pick you up from your downtown hotel in San Jose (it can also pick up from a few airport hotels and if your hotel is not in the pick-up zone, we can meet you at Denny's Restaurant, 2 minutes from the airport). We can also arrange shuttles from main beaches or from Arenal (please inquiry if there are any additonal fees). Or for an extra charge we can arrange completely private transport for you! When you arrive in Monteverde, you will have time to check in or if your room is not ready yet, you can safely leave your bags in reception and grab a bite to eat.

Selvatura Canopy Zip Line Tour. No visit is complete without a famous canopy tour! We go to one of the best in the country; Selvatura Park. This is a private reserve located adjoining the Santa Elena Cloud Forest in Monteverde.

The Selvatura Canopy Zipline Tour is entirely built inside virgin and secondary cloud forest with a total of 15 ziplines and 18 platforms. Plus one amazing (and optional) tarzan swing! For an extra cost you can also try the new superman cable. Travel between 2 miles of cables! The tour takes about 2-3 hours plus transport time from your hotel.

Don't fancy the ziplines? No worries you can hike on the suspended bridges instead. Or we can arrange a coffee tour or horse ride instead - just ask!

EARLY EVENING - Night Hike with the Monteverde Night Tour.. Ever wondered what makes that sound in the forest? Or what activities occur in the twilight and evening in the forests? Now is your opportunity to find out! A naturalist guide will take you on this fun, informative 2-hour hike through a series of trails that will afford you the opportunity to observe the nightlife of a premontane forest. 


Night at Hotel Rustic Lodge (or we can update to more deluxe hotel for an extra charge, see details of Ficus Hotel below)

Friendly, family-run hotel in an excellent location in Monteverde. Charming Rustic Lodge is just a 5 minute walk from the main town area of Santa Elena, making this small, personal hotel a good choice for those who are looking for a relatively quiet location but in easy reach of restaurants and the services of town.

The rooms at Rustic Lodge are spacious and simply appointed but all have large windows and queen size beds. There are also large private bathrooms with hot water, all of which are kept fastidiously clean by the hotel staff.  The hotel has those small touches that make the hotel interesting such as unusual wooden finishes, chairs, mirrors and tables. A complementary breakfast is served in the hotel's cute dining area.

Upgrade to Hotel Ficus Sunset Suites  for an extra cost (we can also upgrade to other hotels). Ficus Sunset Suites is a modern hotel located in the heart of Santa Elena,  Monteverde.  The hotel is surrounded by pretty vegetation. From your balcony you will enjoy  green rainforest around and panoramic views of the hillsides of Monteverde or some cabins face the forest. The hotel is just 5 minutes walk to the center of Santa Elena and has a full international restaurant and bar. Breakfast is included.

Day 2

EARLY MORNING.  Guided Hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. This is a must for all those who visit Monteverde. The guided walks are easy and take about 2.5 - 3 hours with frequent stops to observe wildlife through the special scopes the guides bring. The guides also bring relevant reference books (or other information sheets/photo books) to illustrate facts if necessary. Note there is no guarantee you will see wildlide but the ecology of the forest is fascinating and the guides make it come alive with their extensive knowledge.

Trails are in excellent condition with railings on the steps where necessary and in some cases slices of tree trunks or concrete bricks create paths to keep people from walking through mud. The hike includes a visit to the Hummingbird Gallery where you will see dozens of hummingbirds very close up. A real photo opportunity!

There is a restaurant at the park if you want to buy snacks and drinks, as well as a souvenir shop and restrooms.The hike includes an English-speaking, qualified, naturalist guide (only the best ones are chosen - tried and tested!), all transport to and from hotel and entrance fees.

EARLY AFTERNOON.  Shared Shuttle to San Jose (we can also arrange shuttle to main beaches or taxi-boat-taxi to Arenal please inquiry).

**** ask about adding time in Monteverde or Arenal (or any other place!)****

Tour Details

PRICES from: $325 per person  (Please inquire for prices for your specific date and adjusted for any modifications you would like)


Min 2 people

Tour includes:

  • Guided Night Hike with the Monteverde Night Tour
  • Guided Hike in the Monteverde Reserve
  • One Night Accommodation and Breakfast
  • Canopy Tour
  • Roundtrip Transport from San Jose (other locations please inquiry)

Note: This package can be extended with more days and tours, just let us know! Also add on trips to Arenal or other places.

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