The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve was founded in 1972 by George and Harriet Powell and is the best known forest in the Monteverde Zone. In 1975 the initial 328 hectares of this Monteverde Forest reserve were increased with the addition of the Quaker communities 554 hectare water shed preserve.
The reserve now covers around 10,500 hectares. Elevation ranges from 600 meters above sea level to 1800 meters on isolated peaks. This reserve, under the administration of the Tropical Science Center, is known world wide for its biodiversity and is visited each year by many tourists and scientists. What is a Cloud Forest? Click here.
Monteverde tours offers a package that is SEMI-PRIVATE (no struggling to hear what the guide is saying or long waits to see though the scope). Tours include an English-speaking naturalist guide (only the best ones are chosen - tried and tested!), transport to and from hotel and entrance fees. The guides bring scopes and relevant reference books so you can really learn about the forests.
The tour pick-up time is at approx. 7.00am or 1.00pm every day. The semi-private tours are no more than five people. The walk is relatively easy at a slow pace and takes about 2.5 - 3 hours. There are frequent stops to observe wildlife through the special scopes the guides bring. There is a restaurant at the park if you want to buy snacks and drinks.
The hikes include a visit to the Hummingbird Gallery where you will see dozens of hummingbirds very close up!
We can also arrange early morning birding tours, please contact us for details
For a really fantastic guide to birds in Costa Rica, check out: The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide (Zona Tropical Publications) by Robert Dean and Richard Garrigues (Second Edition 2014).
What to Bring?
Comfortable footwear for hiking
Rain jacket just in case
camera and binoculars (optional)
Bilingual guide if booking a guided hike
Roundtrip transport from most hotels (check if not sure)
4 Hours with transport
Please take in consideration before booking
For tours tomorrow or next day please chat with us
Student/children ages are 5-12
Recommended for children older than 8 years
TAX NOT INCLUDED
Min 2 adults
Students and children refer to ages 5-12
Recommended for children 8 and over