Things to do in Monteverde

Our most recommended things to do in Monteverde

La Fortuna: Van and Water Taxi Transfer to Monteverde

1. La Fortuna: Van and Water Taxi Transfer to Monteverde

Enjoy a stress-free transfer from La Fortuna to Montverde. Travel aboard a comfortable and airconditioned van to the water taxi and glide across the lake. Transfer to a van on the other side and be whisked away to your destination in Montverde. Choose from a shared option or a private option with no additional stops for other passengers along the way. Skip the hassle of arranging transportation while on vacation with a convenient pre-booked and professional transfer service. Meet your driver at your doorstep in La Fortuna and relax on the drive to the water taxi. Feel the thrill of cruising across the lake on a ride that lasts about an hour. Admire views of the shore along the way. Arrive at the other side of the lake and transfer to a comfortable van for the journey to your hotel in Montverde.

Montevede: Jungle Zipline & Rappel Experience with Transfer

2. Montevede: Jungle Zipline & Rappel Experience with Transfer

What you'll do Zip line through one of the most breath taking views in Monteverde, this extreme experience offers views to a waterfall, 14 cables of zip line, 5 of them are extremely long: 467 mts, 425 mts, 600 mts, 750 mts, 1 kilometer and height between 75 mts and 150 mts. Total distance 4KM For no additional cost you will also enjoy: -Rappel (30 mts) -Tarzan Swing -Superman cable of 1 km -Subterranean Superman:175 mts long -21 platforms. -Insurance. DON"T MISS THIS BREATHTAKING EXPERIENCE

Santa Elena or Monteverde: Cloud Forest Night Walking Tour

3. Santa Elena or Monteverde: Cloud Forest Night Walking Tour

Take a guided walking tour through the rich biodiversity of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve as nocturnal mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians wake up for the night. Be picked up and dropped off at your doorstep in Santa Elena or Monteverde.  Hop aboard an airconditioned coach and sit back and relax on the drive into the Cloud Forest. Find out for yourself how busy the forest can be at night as most animals are active in the evening and around 80 percent are nocturnal.  Follow your guide through paths lined with lush vegetation. Spot critters that are not seen during the day on a 2-hour walk. Look for animals like raccoons, sloths, armadillos, olingos, and kinkajous that are active at night.  Follow your guide on a magical journey through a beautiful forest as well as a sustainable coffee, banana, and sugar cane area. Return to your accommodation in Santa Elena or Monteverde by coach at the end of your tour. 

Boat Transfer between Monteverde and La Fortuna

4. Boat Transfer between Monteverde and La Fortuna

Add a little adventure to your transportation needs between Monteverde and La Fortuna and avail of a transfer that includes an informative boat tour across Lake Arenal. Get spectacular views of Arenal Volcano and the cloud forests of Monteverde as you travel by van and boat. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure in either direction to suit your schedule, and relax in the knowledge that your luggage will be taken care of on every step of the journey. Depart La Fortuna and travel to Lake Arenal by van. Then, take a 30-minute boat ride to the town of Río Chiquito before continuing to Monteverde by van. For departures from Monteverde, travel to Lake Arenal by van. Cross Lake Arenal on an enlightening 30-minute boat ride to the earthen dam, and then continue to La Fortuna by van for drop off at your hotel.

Monteverde: 3-in-1 Sky Tram, Sky Trek and Sky Walk

5. Monteverde: 3-in-1 Sky Tram, Sky Trek and Sky Walk

See the Monteverde Cloud Forest from above on a guided canopy tour. Ascend to the treetops in a sky tram, admire native wildlife as you cross suspension bridges, and soar above the cloud forest on a zip line. After being picked up from your hotel, board the aerial tram and ascend above the beautiful cloud forest, stopping along the way to observe plant and animal life. Learn about the different species and habitats from your guide. Then, arrive at the first of two observatory platforms, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and, on a clear day, the northern lowlands that stretch all the way to the Caribbean. Next, make your way across the suspension bridges, each with its own breathtaking view of the forest. Take your time to cross and admire the cloud forest's flora and fauna from a dizzying height. Finally, zip line across the canopy and get a birds-eye view of the forest. Enjoy eight zip line cables totaling nearly 1.8 miles (3 kilometers), with distances ranging from 131 to 2,460 feet (40 meters and 750 meters) and heights ranging from 49 to 328 feet (15 meters to 100 meters). At the end of your canopy tour, you will be returned to your hotel in Monteverde.

Monteverde: Curi-Cancha Reserve Tour with Entry Ticket

6. Monteverde: Curi-Cancha Reserve Tour with Entry Ticket

Go on a tour of the Curi-Cancha reserve in Monteverde. Get picked up from your hotel, and drive to the 83-hectare reserve. Start your tour with a local guide and see a variety of rare birds and unusual animals. Marvel at the views and take lots of photos. Get dropped back at your hotel at the end. Begin your hike and listen to your guide tell you all about the wildlife in the area. Keep your eyes peeled for rare birds, including the Resplendent Quetzal, the Three-Wattled Bellbird, the Blue-Crowned Motmot, and the Orange-bellied Trogon. Continue along 7 kilometers of natural trails and get to see the flora and fauna of the tropical forest. See if you can spot unusual wild animals, such as armadillos, coatis, and two-toed sloths and use the opportunity to take photos. Learn about the sustainable practices of the reserve. Marvel at impressive views of the mountains surrounding you. Get taken back to your hotel at the end of the tour.

Monteverde: Waterfalls, Wild Trekking and Horseback Riding

7. Monteverde: Waterfalls, Wild Trekking and Horseback Riding

Experience a thrilling tour with an exciting combination of activities perfect for tourists trying to make the most of their trip. Try horseback riding, admire gorgeous waterfalls, and hike through nature on this daytime adventure tour. Enjoy an ideal combination of horseback riding, waterfalls, and real hiking on the perfect trekking tour for the daring tourist. Descend a mountain by foot to reach a lovely river with four large waterfalls where you will have time to stop, relax, and enjoy a snack. Cross a few rustic bridges and admire the scenery as you trek through the landscape. The trek ends with a horseback ride up the hill that takes about 35 minutes. Take a refreshing dip in the waters of the river if the weather permits Stop at a lovely viewpoint where you can admire the sights of Volcán Arenal, Volcán Rincón de La Vieja, Volcán Tenorio, and Volcán Miravalles. Stare off further into the distance to see some of Guanacaste Province and Arenal Lake if the weather is good and visibility is clear.

Monteverde: Half-Day Nature Experience

8. Monteverde: Half-Day Nature Experience

Treat yourself to a fun-filled day exploring all the very best of Monteverde Cloud Forest. Tour the Butterfly Garden and the Sloth Sanctuary alongside an expert guide. Walk the impressive self-guided suspension bridges at your own pace. For those who want to enjoy the wonderful variety of vegetation and unusual bird life that the area has to offer while appreciating the splendor of the canopy at their own pace, the Tree Top pathway is the best way to experience the cloud forest. One of the biggest on the continent is the magnificent butterfly garden in Monteverde. The garden, which is 300 feet long and 90 feet wide with a massive 50-foot dome ceiling, is home to 50 different butterfly species. Learn about the life cycle, distinctive behaviors, and evolutionary history of these extraordinary species on a guided tour of the live exhibit. Visitors can view many species of colorful birds here, which will awe you with their breathtaking flying tricks. Visit these magnificent facilities and learn about Costa Rica's flora and fauna while accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. At the Sloth Sanctuary, take the opportunity to observe different species of sloths. A natural exhibition has been developed where sloths can move freely along specially made trails.

Monteverde: Van-Boat-Van Transfer to La Fortuna

9. Monteverde: Van-Boat-Van Transfer to La Fortuna

Take the hassle out of getting to La Fortuna from Monteverde with this van-boat-van transfer. Enjoy pickup at your hotel in Monteverde, a boat cruise on Lake Arenal, and drop-off at your hotel in La Fortuna. Choose between shared or private transportation options. After pickup at your Monteverde hotel, board an air-conditioned van to Lake Arenal. Once there, hop on the boat and cruise across Lake Arenal enjoying views of Arenal Volcano as you go. Upon arrival at the other side of the lake, disembark the boat. Then, meet your second driver and get taken to your hotel in La Fortuna in an air-conditioned van. Stay connected on both legs of the van transfer with included Wi-Fi.

La Fortuna: Scenic Transfer to Monteverde via Arenal Lake

10. La Fortuna: Scenic Transfer to Monteverde via Arenal Lake

Sit back, relax and take in the views as you enjoy a hassle-free transfer between your accommodation in La Fortuna and Monteverde. Travel via the scenic Lake Arenal and take in the lakeside mountain views. Start with pickup from your hotel in La Fortuna before heading to Monteverde via Lake Arenal. Feel as though you're on a mini tour with this transfer through the heart of Costa Rica. Admire the scenery around Lake Arenal on your way to your next adventure.

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What people are saying about Monteverde

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 79 reviews

Fernando went out of his way to make sure the group had a great experience. He's knowledgable and engaging. I learnt a lot about Costa Rica from him. The local guide at Monteverde was also excellent - you could tell he's an expert and knows each and every corner of the forest. Then the guide we got on the way up to the cloud forest couldn't care less but we didn't really need him there - the views! ( I mean - the clouds! :D ) Overall, I recommend that tour! Fernando picked me up on time, and was really good managing some issues on the way back. The lunch was tasty, our group was small.

The tour was really good. The guide told us a lot about the rainforest and the animals. You could tell that he enjoyed it and that's how he conveyed it to the group. Gladly again.

Juan était très gentil et aidant. La route pour se rendre aux suspendus est un peu longue. Par contre, nous avons fait quelques arrêts forts intéressants.

The van pickup was prompt. The boat trip was relaxing and scenic. The van trip to Monteverde was comfortable and informative.

Super smooth and easy transfer! Be sure to email them to confirm your time!