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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
  • Taking safety measures
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Natural History Walk: flora, fauna, culture and history (private tour)

Natural History Walk: flora, fauna, culture and history (private 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
  • Taking safety measures
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$62.50
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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