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Costa Rica's Cloud Forests

Costa Rica's Cloud Forest Holidays

Found at Costa Rica’s higher elevations, the persistent low-lying clouds and resultant mists and fog create a unique environment which is home to a prolific number of plants and birds including the resplendent quetzal. The best known of the cloud forests is Monteverde but there are many other reserves in the country, each providing an excellent insight into this wonderful ecosystem.

These enchanting forests have an almost mystical feel to them, especially at dusk or dawn when mists swirl along the forest floor and many creatures are at their most active. Take a twilight tour to see the forest from a new perspective as the canopy comes alive after dark and creatures who are normally hidden come out to play!

The temperatures in the cloud forest can be a bit lower than most other regions of Costa Rica so it's worth taking something warm for the mornings and evenings. There are some fabulous lodges in these cloud forest reserves with open fires, Jacuzzi's and delicious hearty food, the ideal end to a day discovering the forest.


Classic Costa Rica
12 days / 11 nights
from £1,750
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Arenal
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest

  • Costa Rica in Style
    11 days / 10 nights
    from £3,158
  • Stylish accommodation
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Scenic landscapes
  • Papagayo Peninsula

  • Enchanting Costa Rica
    10 days / 9 nights
    from £1,602
  • Arenal
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Nicoya Peninsula

  • Explore Costa Rica
    14 days / 13 nights
    from £1,699
  • Visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy
  • Learn the art of tortilla making
  • Learn how coffee is made at Mi Cafecito
  • Hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Embark on a jungle cruise in search of local wildlife
  • Enjoy a lecture by one of the National Geographic researchers at the Monteverde Institute
  • Visit Manual Antonio National Park

  • Costa Rica Family Experience
    9 days / 8 nights
    from £Please contact us
  • Kayaking and paddle-boarding in La Fortuna
  • Tortilla-making and a typical lunch with a local family
  • Guided hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve (Monteverde)
  • Guided hike in Manuel Antonio NP

  • Costa Rica & Galapagos Wildlife Odyssey
    15 days / 14 nights
    from £4,800
  • Arenal
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Galapagos Islands


    Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
    Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
    Probably the most famous of Costa Rica's cloud forests, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve offers a wide variety of trails and a great diversity of wildlife. It's an excellent place to spot toucans, trogans and hummingbirds, as well as frogs, lizards and many other mammals. Monteverde also offers a wide range of activities, from exploring the hanging bridges that stretch across the forest canopy to thrilling ziplines and climbing giant trees! The town of Sana Elena is about 15 minutes drive from the park entrance, this busy little town has a good choice of accommodation, bars and restaurants with a wide choice of cuisines and some excellent craft beers.
    Bajos del Toro
    Bajos del Toro
    Located in the shadow of Poas Volcano, this private reserve in the central highlands is home to some of the most beautiful rivers and waterfalls in Costa Rica, including the breath-taking Cataratas del Toro Waterfall. This stunning waterfall is one of the largest in Costa Rica and it's an impressive sight to watch the water tumbling down the cliffs into an extinct volcano crater. The fabulous El Silencio Lodge & Spa is also situated in Bajos del Toro, this luxurious lodge has access to numerous trails, several dramatic waterfalls and its own hummingbird garden.
    Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve
    Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve
    The Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve is one of Costa Rica's best-kept secrets. Located close to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, this misty private park is home a section of cloud forest which few tourists are aware of. This lack of visitors means you often have the trails all to yourself! The reserve is a haven for bird lovers with over 347 species; look out for hummingbirds, toucans and quetzals, to name but a few. Visitors can explore the trails on foot or horseback.


    Hotel Belmar

    Senda Monteverde Hotel

    Hidden Canopy Treehouses
  • Stunning views
  • Unique treehouse accommodation
  • Sunny breakfast room

  • El Silencio Lodge & Spa
    North-Central Region
  • Tranquil setting
  • Spa
  • Restaurant


    Sky Tram & Sky Trek Zip-lining
    Approx 4 hours
    from £96

    Evening Cloud Forest Tour
    Approx 2.5 hours
    from £56

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