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How to Spend 1 Day in Monteverde

How to Spend 1 Day in Monteverde

Monteverde’s cloud forest is one of Costa Rica’s top ecotourism destinations, and there is much to see and do in the area. With only one day, look for tours that include more than one activity to maximize your time and pack in as many hikes, ziplines, and other adventures as possible. Here are a few ways to spend a day in Monteverde. 

Morning: Cloud Forest Tours

Monteverde has three cloud forest reserves: the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, and the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. For the best chance of seeing wildlife, opt for a naturalist-led tour that will teach you about the unique ecosystem of cloud forests and help you spot birds, butterflies, and monkeys. You can also explore the hiking trails of the cloud forest on your own; pre-book admission tickets online to avoid long lines.  

Afternoon: Zipline and Canopy Adventures

Spend the afternoon on a canopy adventure tour, and zip through the forests, rappel through the clouds, and walk among the treetops on a series of hanging bridges. Several canopy tour options are available; choose between zipline-only and combination zipline, hanging bridges, and tarzan swing packages. If these adventures sound too strenuous, other options include a visit to the Monteverde Butterfly Garden, a coffee and chocolate tour, or an ATV ride through the jungle.  

Evening: Night Wildlife Walks

Night walks are a popular activity in Monteverde, because many of the animals in the cloud forests are nocturnal. Enjoy a walk through the forest at twilight with a guide who can point out wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, scorpions, and tarantulas. Night walks are offered at the Monteverde Cloud Forest and the Sendero Tranquilo Reserve and are often included with coffee plantation and canopy tours. Alternatively, head out on an evening horseback ride or catch the sunset from high above the clouds in the Monteverde mountains. 

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100% Adventure Park Combo: Zipline, Superman, and Mega Tarzan Tour in Monteverde

100% Adventure Park Combo: Zipline, Superman, and Mega Tarzan Tour in Monteverde

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Get ready for 3 hours of nonstop thrills with this inclusive combo tour at the 100% Aventura park in Monteverde. Test your adrenaline threshold as you complete all of the park’s most popular adventures, including a 10-cable zipline course, rope bridge, rappel, and ATV buggy ride. Channel two famously fast heroes on the Mega Tarzan Swing and the forward-facing Superman zipline — the longest and highest in all of Latin America.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.95
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Night Tour in Monteverde

Night Tour in Monteverde

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Explore the cloud forest in Monteverde after the sun sets on this guided nighttime tour. Starting at either 6 or 8pm, explore the biodiverse forest at Ficus Trails, spotting the nocturnal animals that inhabit the area. See tropical birds sleeping, as well as the nighttime habits of other wildlife like scorpions, tarantulas, bats, and more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.25
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Morning or Afternoon Natural History Private Walk Tour

Morning or Afternoon Natural History Private Walk Tour

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Hiking Monteverde with a private guide means you can go where you want, when you want—and get undivided attention from your guide along the way. As you hike, your guide helps you spot wildlife like birds, sloths, and monkeys that you might miss on your own and provides tons of information about the local ecosystem. This tour can also be adapted for wheelchair users, making it a great choice for any group.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.50
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Zipline Tour

Monteverde Cloud Forest Zipline Tour

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Soar through the canopy of the Monteverde cloud forest on a 3-hour zipline tour at Selvatura Park. Experience an adrenaline-fueled ride through the trees that offers incredible views along with a fun activity in Costa Rica's famous cloud forest.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.77
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Ficus Trails Night Walk

Ficus Trails Night Walk

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Experience Costa Rica’s spectacular nature on this night time excursion to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. After a convenient hotel pickup, learn about the region’s wildlife from an informative local guide and watch the forest come alive at night. Spot bats, frogs, and rare creatures like kinkajous, ocelots, porcupines, and olingos.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.00
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Walk in Monteverde Cloud Forest

Walk in Monteverde Cloud Forest

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Located atop the Continental Divide, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a haven of untouched jungle, where rare plant and animal species live among wisps of cloud and thick tree growth. This small-group hiking tour allows you to experience the full breadth of Monteverde’s flora and fauna, while your naturalist guide navigates and provides insight into the area’s rich biodiversity.
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  • 3 hours
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Monteverde Butterfly Gardens Tour

Monteverde Butterfly Gardens Tour

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At Monteverde Butterfly Garden you can find roughly 35 butterfly species in four different climate-controlled habitats, a leafcutter ant colony, a medicinal plant garden, and a nature center with over 20 species of live Costa Rican insects and arachnids. This tour is ideal for all ages and allows you to observe these tropical creatures while your guide teaches you about the different species and their habitats.
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  • 2 hours
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$17.95
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Equus Monteverde Horse Back Riding

Equus Monteverde Horse Back Riding

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Enjoy the best Horseback ride in Monteverde and the marvelous experience of interaction with our Farm animals. Thought the tour you Will visit Coffee and sugar cane plantation, also having the chance to enjoy cloud forest biodiversity beautiful views to the pacific ocean wiil be part of our ride.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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100% Aventura Park ATV Tour in Monteverde

100% Aventura Park ATV Tour in Monteverde

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Hang on tight for a rough and tumble all-terrain ride with this ATV tour at the 100% Aventura park in Monteverde. On a 2-hour circuit, feel the breeze on your face from the driver’s seat of a new Yamaha 350cc. Splash through mud puddles and rivers, and survey Costa Rica’s amazing cloud forest landscape from mountain viewpoints. Round-trip transfers from Monteverde hotels are included.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.54
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Skip the Line: Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Admission Ticket

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If you're planning a visit to Monteverde, pre-book admission to the Santa Elena Could Forest Reserve, a protected zone featuring one of the most biodiverse landscapes in the country. At your own pace, explore a lush ecosystem of hanging vines, moss-covered trees, and thick canopy fed by constant moisture from clouds. It's a great option for travelers with their own transportation who prefer to tour independently.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.17
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Bird watching tour in search of the Resplendet Quetzal

Bird watching tour in search of the Resplendet Quetzal

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Go birdwatching in Monteverde on a half-or full-day private tour led by an experienced naturalist guide. Choose between early morning and afternoon departures, then watch for resplendent quetzals, black guan, silvery-fronted tapacul, and more. This 3-hour or 6-hour private birding tour includes pickup and drop-off in Monteverde, with the flexible, personal experience of a private guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.65
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Night Walk Tour plus Coffee Tour 3 in 1(Coffee Chocolate and sugar cane)

Night Walk Tour plus Coffee Tour 3 in 1(Coffee Chocolate and sugar cane)

Costa Rican wildlife and agriculture come together on this tour of the Sendero Tranquilo Reserve. Tour a coffee plantation to learn first-hand about the crop’s lifecycle from bean to cup, and then wait until the sunset to head out into the forest with a guide and learn about nocturnal wildlife like frogs and snakes. This kid-friendly tour is a top pick among families.
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  • 4 hours
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$109.58
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