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Monteverde and Santa Elena: Cloud Forest Bird-Watching Tour

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See a variety of birds native to Costa Rica on a guided bird-watching tour from Monteverde or Santa Elena. Explore the cloud forests of Monteverde and Santa Elena, and visit the Curi-Cancha Reserve.


  • Lose yourself in the lush trails of the Monteverde and Santa Elena cloud forests
  • Identify rare birds and learn about their habitat from your naturalist guide
  • Observe the resplendent quetzal, the keel-billed toucan, and the bobo bird
  • Admire the rich biodiversity of the forests, from colorful birds to rare plants
  • Enjoy the convenience and comfort of round-trip transportation from your hotel


Delve into the cloud forests of Monteverde and Santa Elena on a guided bird-watching tour from Monteverde or Santa Elena. Explore the Curi-Cancha Reserve and see rare birds, including the resplendent quetzal and the keel-billed toucan. Be picked up from your hotel in Monteverde or Santa Elena and arrive at the Monteverde Cloud Forest. With an elevation of 1,440 meters (4,724 feet) above sea level, the park attracts a diverse range of tropical bird species. Follow your guide through this lush forest and observe a variety of birds with 400 native species. See the beautiful quetzal, a bird that migrates to the lower parts of the reserve during breeding season, and identify the thirty species of hummingbird. Continue to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Situated slightly higher than the Monteverde reserve, the forest is more secluded and boasts a rich population of wildlife. Explore quiet trails with sprawling vegetation and catch a glimpse of the collared trogon or resplendent quetzal. Finally, make your way to the Curi-Cancha Reserve - one of the best places in the area for bird watching. Walk along the rugged trails and scout out birds, such as the bar-tailed trogon, the keel-billed toucan, and the bobo bird.  At the end of your bird-watching experience, be returned back to your accommodation in Monteverde and Santa Elena.


Guide Hotel pickup and drop-off Entry to Santa Elena Cloud Forest Biological Reserve Entry to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve Entry to the Curi Cancha Reserve Binoculars

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