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Santa Elena
Cloud Forest Reserve

Santa Elena Cloud Forest
Costa Rica Cloud Forest Reserves

When: 7:00am,1:00pm

Duration: approx 4 Hours


The Santa Elena Cloud Forest is a lesser known reserve than the 'Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve' but it has essentially the same type of forest.  The Santa Elena Reserve is situated a little more towards the Atlantic and has large areas at high elevations. Both reserves share some common borders.  The Santa Elena Cloud Forest is run by the Santa Elena High School.  And what is a Cloud Forest.. read more?

In 2014 Desafio Monteverde Tours donated 2 hidden cameras to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve  - CLICK HERE - to read about monitoring wildlife with cameras.

Reserve Santa Elena Entrance Santa Elena Reserve Reception Santa Elena Reserve Santa Elena Park Santa Elena Park Costa Rica Santa Elena Cloud Forest

 
So what is the difference between the two main Cloud Forests? Many argue that the guides are better at the Monteverde Reserve. The admission is cheaper at the Santa Elena Cloud Forest  (but transport to get there is more expensive, so it works out similar). The trails are a little more 'rustic' than in Monteverde but both parks are beautiful and arguably less crowded in high season. The Santa Elena Reserve is only a 20 minute walk from the Selvatura Canopy Zipline tour so if you want to do a guided walk in the park in the morning and a canopy tour in the afternoon - they are conveniently located near to each other.

Desafio Monteverde offers a guided package that 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. 

If you would like to book a tour or ask for more details click here

The Santa Elena Reserve has a cafetaria with freshly prepared food at very reasonable prices plus a souvenir shop.

Santa Elena Reserve Cafetaria

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Souvenir Store

 The Santa Elena Reserve also provides one wheelchair accessible trail - the trail is about 20 minutes if going slowly and stopping for photos or to read the information posts provided alongside some of the trail.

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Wheel Chair Accessible TrailSanta Elena Cloud Forest Information Posts

 READ MORE INFORMATION:

WHAT IS A CLOUD FOREST
ABOUT MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST
ABOUT CURI-CANCHA REFUGE

Ecology and Monteverde: A Series of Articles

PRICES 2014

Monteverde & Santa Elena Reserve Guided Hikes

Includes Roundtrip Transport, Guide and Entrance Fees

Rates 2014 - 2015

Regular Tour

Desafio Monteverde    

Adult ( 2 people or more)

59pp

Student**

49pp

Child* (with 1 paying adult)

45pp

Child (with 2 paying adults)

32pp

Child - 1-5

FREE

 

 

Private Tour

Desafio Monteverde    

Adult (based on 2 people)

100pp

Adult (based on 3 people)

77pp

Adult (based on 4-8 people)

68pp

2 Students/Children

89pp

3 Students/ Children

65pp

4 -8 Students/Children

53pp

   

Includes: Round trip transport, Bilingual Guide and Entrance

*Children: from 6-9 years (under 5 years fee of charge)

**Students: 10 years or older with student ID

Ecology and Monteverde: A Series of Articles

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