Santa Elena Reserve
Visit This Reserve & Help Protect the Cloud Forest's Amazing Flora & Fauna!
The Santa Elena Reserve was created by the local community’s desire to protect the cloud forest and at the same time use tourism as a means to benefit the area. All entrance fees go to protecting and managing the reserve as well as providing higher quality education for the schools of Monteverde. This is one of the first community-administered reserves in Costa Rica, and as such it is a great example of how local communities can protect their surroundings. The Santa Elena Reserve tour is a great option for anyone who has a true love of nature and is looking to experience the cloud forest first hand.
You start your tour when you are picked up from your hotel and driven to the reserve. Your local bilingual guide will take you along three hours of hiking trails where you will explore the flora and fauna in this rich forest. Different species of trees, orchids, and lichens are easily found as well as a large range of birds like the Resplendent Quetzal, hummingbirds, Black guan, and toucanet. Some mammals are also observed such as howler monkeys, agoutis, coatimundis, and the more difficult to see tapir, ocelot, peccary and puma. Enjoy the wonderful views of the Arenal Volcano and the Guanacaste lowlands.
Age limitations: no age limit although this tour is not highly suitable for young children, as the walk through the forest is about 4 hours
Tour includes: transportation, entrance fee, guide.
What to bring: comfortable clothes, camera, rain jacket, comfortable sturdy shoes or hiking boots, binoculars.
*Prices reflect current low season rates and are subject to change. The price you are quoted by our sales representatives will be 100% accurate based on the exact time of your inquiry. Price is per person, double occupancy accommodation and includes: all taxes, domestic transportation, tours and hotels. Price does not include international airfare, optional travel insurance, or credit card payment service fee.