Monteverde Cloud Forest Guided Tour

ferns in the cloud forest

Monteverde Cloud Forest was the second of the three rainforests we visited in Costa Rica. Each region is extremely different so you will see different plants and animals in each type. We had a guided tour for all rainforests and it was really important at Monteverde. If we had walked around by ourselves we would have seen nothing but trees. As it was the birds and animals weren’t playing game, but at least our guide was able to share his immense knowledge of the area with us.

cloud forest flora and fauna

In the cloud forest we were able to spot a hummingbird in it’s nest. I say we. I mean the guide. Without binoculars and and eye on what to look out for you wouldn’t see a thing. The guides are able to set up their binoculars so all the group can take turns in viewing. Smart phones can be placed to take pictures.

hummingbird in its nest

We saw a range of plants. The roots of this one grow around the host trunk causing it to rot away. Inside you are left with a hollow where the tree once was.

strangler plant

There was a hanging bridge in the cloud forest that was part of the tour and enabled us to view the canopy from up high.

hanging bridge Monteverde cloud forest

At the end of the tour you are taken to the hummingbird gallery. Here there is food put out for the hummingbirds so you can see them up close. They are beautiful.

humming bird gallery

This tour was very different from the tour in La Fortuna and again different from the one in Manuel Antonio. It was less exciting for the children due to their being less animals to see, but they enjoyed the addition of the hanging bridge that we didn’t do elsewhere. It was sad to learn that the population of tree frogs had decreased by half due to a couple of years of warmer weather. We were pleased to see some tadpoles in a log. It was damp and cold but a great contrast to the other areas we visited.

I loved the quirky treehouse restaurant in Monteverde and the thrill of a horse riding trek. But I won’t lie, 2 days was enough for us to see everything we wanted. I was keen to visit the warmer temperatures of Manual Antonio and see the pacific ocean.

 

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Details of a guided tour at Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud forest

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  1. Wow you saw so much and I love tiny details you’ve captured, like that bird. Costa Rica always sounds so beautiful too!
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  2. What a shame about the tree frogs. Those humming birds, though – utterly beautiful. I do like the way you find out all sorts of interesting tidbits on guided tours. #MondayEscapes

  3. I’d love to see a hummingbird in the wild, they’re one of my favourite birds. I could happily sit and watch them all day 🙂 #Mondayescapes
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  4. I sued to go to Costa Rica as a Tesco buyer years ago and I think it was near here. Such an amazing country, though not somewhere I’d like to explore alone. #mondayescapes
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  5. Ruth says: Reply

    This is so nice! I miss the rainforest (experienced it a lot when I lived in Puerto Rico). The awesome thing is that in Costa Rica there are tons of wildlife to be seen (and I like wildlife a lot!) #MondayEscapes

  6. I don’t know if I would have been able to walk across that hanging bridge!! Being able to get up close to the hummingbirds sounds amazing though.

  7. I haven’t done many guided tours over the years but did one last at a castle weekend and learnt so much more than if we’d looked around by ourselves. It’s well worth paying extra and making the most of your experience. Seeing all the hidden animals and plants must have been wonderful. Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes
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    1. admin says: Reply

      In this rainforest I would have just looked around and saw nothing! But even in the others with more wildlife I think it is worth paying x

  8. The rain forest in Costa Rics is one of the most unbelievable places on earth..I lived in Costa Rica in my 20’s..now I need to get my children there. Earmarking this :). #mondayescapes

    1. admin says: Reply

      We have to go back when they are bigger so we can do zip lining and white water rafting. must have been a wonderful place to live

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