Treetop walkway, Monteverde

Discover the world of the rainforest canopy with a leisurely walk on a "treetop" suspension bridge—an ideal cloud forest experience!

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Extension

Exploring a Magical Forest

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $825  
Length: 4 days
Arrive: San Jose, Costa Rica
Depart: Arenal, Costa Rica
Lodging: 2 nights lodge
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Nature walks

Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting Costa Rica.

Our Trips using this Extension

Costa Rica Private Journey

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

Explore Monteverde, one of the outstanding nature reserves in the New World tropics, with its complex forest canopy and distinct ecological communities. More than 400 species of birds—including toucans, tanagers, barbets, hummingbirds, and bellbirds—have been recorded here, and this is the place to see the resplendent quetzal, the venerated bird of early Central American mythology.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 (pre-trip)
San Jose

Arrive in San Jose and overnight at the Hotel Grano de Oro (this hotel night is part of your Private Journey itinerary)...meals on your own

Day 2 (pre-trip)
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve / Finca Ecològico

Morning transfer to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a world-famous reserve set at 4,600 feet in the Tiláran Mountains straddling the Continental Divide. After settling into the lodge, visit Finca Ecològico, a private reserve just a 10-minute walk from the lodge, with your guide, or take a sunset horseback riding tour. Monteverde was founded in 1951 by a small group of Quakers from Alabama, attracted to Costa Rica by its lack of an army and its peaceful policies that matched Quaker philosophy. They bought land and brought dairy farming and cheese production to the region (today, Monteverde’s cheese is sold throughout the country). They preserved about a third of the land they purchased to protect the watershed above Monteverde, and in 1972, after visiting biologists noted the richness of the flora and fauna, the Quakers turned it into Monteverde Biological Cloudforest Reserve, owned and operated by the Tropical Science Center of San Jose. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge...BLD

Day 3 (pre-trip)
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

In the cloud forest of Monteverde, the forest floor is carpeted in fern, mosses, and shade-loving plants, while high above is a thick, green canopy made by the branches of tall trees reaching for sunlight. In addition to the more than 400 species of birds, there are also more than 100 species of mammals, including howler and capuchin monkeys, deer, tapirs, sloths, and five species of cats. Enjoy a morning walking tour with a guide and visit the reserve’s butterfly garden (the Jardin de las Mariposas), with its gardens, greenhouses, and netted flyway. The nearby Saint Elena Forest Reserve, which you can visit on your own, is home to quetzals, ocelots, howler and capuchin monkeys, and spider monkeys. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge...BLD

Day 4 (pre-trip)
To Arenal

After a transfer down the mountain road and across beautiful Lake Arenal by boat, begin your Private Journey itinerary in Arenal on Day 2.

Note: This is a pre-trip extension.

Extension Cost

Prices valid through December 15, 2016
$825 per person, double occupancy

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • 2 nights at Monteverde Lodge
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Local guide for tours
  • Transfers to Monteverde from San Jose and from Monteverde to Arenal

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Gratuities for guide and driver, drinks during meals, meals not specified (BLD), items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, room service, etc).

Grano de Oro

Grano de Oro

Day 1 (1 night), San Jose, Costa Rica

A great place to stay for your first or last night in Costa Rica! This historic and elegant 35-room hotel was created from a former Victorian ...
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Monteverde Lodge

Monteverde Lodge

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Monteverde, Costa Rica

The winding paths of Monteverde Lodge’s beautifully manicured gardens are flanked by ferns and bromeliads, and a stream, pond, and small ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.