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    Canopy Tour Ziplines - Sky Trek

    by Jase1177 Written Sep 12, 2005

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    I read various tips on doing canopy tours and ziplines prior to my arrival. I was not sure if I would do, despite the positive tips. I decided that I should give it a go, as it is "the thing to do" in Monteverde. There are various companies offering these excursions and I went with SkyTrek (mainly because it had its own office in town and had good marketing).

    I was extremely happy with the fact that did this!! Again, I am not the most fond of heights, but this was outstanding. The cost was $45 for both the ziplines & the skywalk and $2 roundtrip transport. The first few lines were relatively easy ones to get you acclimated. The last 5 (11 in total) are the real thrill rides. Zooming across the tops of the trees was amazing and provided wonderful views. The two scariest parts were the climbs of two metal towers and the first time I had to stop going really fast (this was still a bit of fun).

    They even offer a photo ($8) in a descriptive booklet of you going across a line. This made me feel like I had just gotten off an amusement park rollercoster.

    Overall, this was tremendously exciting activity for all ages & sizes (I am about 6'1, 240 lbs - there were ladies there celebrating their 50th birthday).

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    La Fortuna Reserve

    by Haditos Updated Jul 25, 2005

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    A Frog in the middle of the Cloud Forest

    The daylight is going out in Monteverde and you don't know what you can do???, go to the night tour through the Monteverde Reserve. It was 6:30 P.M. and we asked in our hotel what can we do at that time, and she told us to go to the night walk through the cloud forest. She was so kind and talked to the tour and they pick us up at the hotel. We arrived at La Fortuna entrance and from there you can see a lot of insects atracted by the light of the entrance, i counted like 57 different kinds including a Tarantula Spider. Once there you're given a light and splitted in grops with a guide that will show you the live cloud forest(most all of the animals are nocturne) You should bring your raincoat, even if it's not raining. Right there the water get in the top of the trees and keep falling down after the afternoon rain.

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    Walking through the Cloud Forest

    by Haditos Updated Jul 25, 2005

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    Trail in Santa Elena Reserve

    One of the activities you can do in Monteverde is walking through the cloud Forest. There are 2 reserves in Monteverde: Monteverde and Santa Elena, the first one is more touristy and you can find more people there, the second one(shown in the picture) is on the other side of the town and it's almost empty, we walked 4 hours through it and we only see 3 humans on the trail. You can hear a lot of annimals and you need patience to see them as the forrest is very very dense. There are diferent trails where you can walk for 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours or more in to the cloud forrest. We enjoyed the walk, but it could be a little frightened as you enter by yourself, because it's only the nature and you. In this case you can pay for a guide who will help you to see birds and other animals, including tarantulas, frogs, even snakes.

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    Around Monteverde

    by Haditos Written Jul 25, 2005

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    Outside the hotel in the road to Santa Elena

    You can go around Monteverde, visit the town that's easily walked. There's a Place where you can see diferent kinds of Frogs from the region, and another place but with snakes. For the birds lovers, you can see Hummimbird gardens with lots of those little birds.

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    Canopy in Monteverde

    by Haditos Written Jul 25, 2005

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    One of the things you can do in Monteverde is to see the Cloud Forrest from the top, and...in high speed =). You climb around the cloud forrest and slip in a cable to the another side of the hill. We did it with Star Trek and it was safe, the equipment was Ok, and the personal was helpfull to do the thing.
    They give you like 6 cables to get trained and after that you get the 5 real ones. WOW, it was an unforgetable experience. Don't take it if you're affraid to highs. See my sports tips here to more info. In the picture you can see the cable from one hill to the other. =)

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    Santa Elena Reserve

    by mim95 Written Apr 20, 2005

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    Cloud forest of Santa Elena Reserve

    Santa Elena Reserve is another private park in the Monteverde area. This reserve is operated by the local high school, with the revenue going back to education funding in Monteverde.

    There are 4 hiking trails in the reserve. Guided tour is available for $14 for about 3 hours.

    As the guide led us on the Encantado Trail, we heard a thunder sound, the guide then told us to run towards a point where there was an opening, and there it was, Arenal Volcano, in a distance, with a puff of smoke coming out from the top! That was the highlight of the walk. The guide also spotted a three-wattled bellbird resting very high up on a tree. This spectacular species is in great danger of becoming extinct because of the loss of habitat.

    After the guided walk, I went on the Youth Challenge Trail, hoping to take another look at the volcano. It is a 1.4km loop, quite an easy walk. I climbed to the top of the observation tower, which is above the trees. You can have a great view of the surrounding area. Too bad the clouds have moved in around the volcano when I got there.

    Entrance fee is $10.

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    Things we didn't do...

    by BEETLE_VERTE Written Feb 7, 2005

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    Chamber of Tourism Brochure

    While in the Monteverde area, even more so if you don't have a car, you feel alone and with nothing to do. We got our hand on a little brochure that lists everything to do in the area. Kind of touristic, but if you plan to stay more than a day or two, know that there's stuff to do! It's made by the members of Monteverde Chamber of Tourism.

    Serpentario (snakes zoo): www.snaketour.co.cr

    Ranario Frog pond: ranariomv@racsa.co.cr (8$ pp)

    Horseback riding La Estrella: 506-645-5075

    Monteverde Butterfly Garden: wolfe@racsa.co.cr (7$ pp)

    Monteverde Coffee tour: www.crstudytours.com

    Monteverde Cheese Factory: www.crstudytours.com

    Natural Wonders Tram: www.naturalwonderstram.com

    Reserva Biologica Monteverde www.cct.or.cr (12$ pp)

    Santa Elena Cloud forest reserve: www.monteverdeinfo.com/reserve (9$ pp, guide +15$ pp)

    Sky Walk: www.skywalk.co.cr (15$ pp)

    Sky Trek: www.skytrek.co.cr (40$ pp)

    Aventura Canopy Tour (35$ pp)

    Selvatura Canopy Tour (35$ pp) Walkways (15$ pp)

    Canopy Tour (45$ pp)

    Orchid project

    World of insect (7$ pp)

    Ecological Farm (7$ pp)

    Women handicraft center and coffee factory (casem)

    Aerial adventure (15$ pp)

    Children forest (Bajo Del Tigre Trail)

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    Sky Walk in the Cloudforest

    by BEETLE_VERTE Written Feb 7, 2005

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    Me on the bridge of Sky Walk

    Walking in cloud and rainforest, like we've been doing for 10 days now, you know there must be amazing to see up there. For example, many birds like toucans will stay above the leaves of the trees. So we decided to go for a Sky Walk, one of the many Canopy tour offered around the country. Suspended bridges an a 2 hours path will take you along in a beautiful cloudforest.

    Again, we didn't get to see many things, rainy and windy again. But still, on our own, we spotted a few birds. You can see in the travelogue my summer tanager and other things we saw... Bring good shoes and raincoat. The entrance fee was 15$ each.

    They also offered a Sky Trek adventure. You get to ride suspended harness above the canopy. Thrilling and people seemed to enjoyed it. We choose the Sky Walk tho, because we wanted to see something... it goes way to fast to see anything in the Sky Trek!! Althought the scream of the people on in attracted howler monkeys that came to defend their territories!

    And even tho we were wet and didn't get to see a lot of wildlife, we had the best suprise at the end of the trail... a hummingbird garden! We spent almost 2 hours there, watching and photographing them! See the travelogue for my best hummingbird pictures!

    Also very neat: the coffee at the panoramic restaurant. Warming and free!

    For the Travelogues (The Skywalk and the two-part Hummingbirds garden), please see my Monteverde page

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    Hidden Valley Nature Trail: The Night Walk

    by BEETLE_VERTE Written Feb 7, 2005

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    Entrance of the Hidden Valley Nature Trail

    This was amazing! They take us at sunset in a little trail to look at the other side of the forest, the night version. We got to see a lot of wildlife: agouti (kind of a big guinee pig), olingo (big furet, in the racoon family), sleeping hummingbird, butterfly, wren, ovenbird and long tail manakin, a tarentula, frogs, army ants, leaf-cutting ants, stick bug and all kind of other bugs.

    I was afraid it could be creepy, but it wasn't at all. And we got the best guide ever. He knew everything, had something interesting and new to say about everything and was so passionate!

    Then lended us a flashlight each and started to use it after about 30 minutes, when the sun sets. We paid 15$ each (including the guide), plus 2$ for the shuttle. Really, this trip was amazing!

    More details and pictures in the Travelogue of my Monteverde page.

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    Reserva Biologica Bosque Nuboso

    by BEETLE_VERTE Written Feb 7, 2005

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    Reserva Biologica Bosque Nuboso

    This was it for me, the trip I've been waiting for for 20 years: birdwatching in Monteverde.

    We bought our tour the day before at Camino Verde Info Center, booking a shuttle, the entrance fees and a guide. I read everywhere that Monteverde was the place to go, but you had to be there really early since they let only 150 visitors at a time in the park. But they convince me to go to the Santa Elena entrance: it's the same forest with 2 entrances!! This one is less popular and thus less crowded.

    But we didn't get to see a lot. The day and night before was very windy and that morning, it's pouring rain. No way to see anything! Our guide did its best, always an eye in the branches, taking us off the path to his favorite spots. I was almost disapointed tho! We saw a few little birds, even sleeping owls. But nothing I hoped for, starting with the Quetzal. The guide actually say that he saw the Quetzal everyday he came to the forest in 3 years, except two times: this time and another!

    So I guess it's still worth it, even if we "only" saw an amazing cloudforest!!

    Even if it's not raining when you leave, it's going to be at least misty in the cloudforest. Bring raincoat and good shoes. Possibly rent boots at the entrance of the park. Also have with you camera, binocular, drinking water (they have a little snack bar at the end of the tour, but they only serves coffee and breakfast in the morning, no juices). We paid 9$ each, plus 15$ each for the guide and 2$ for the shuttle. They pick us up at 6h45 in the morning.

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    Tarzan swing

    by frank_delargy Written Jan 17, 2005

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    Frank swinging in the trees.

    About halfway through the zip lines we got a chance to swing on a wire that was suspended from the top of a very tall tree out over a small valley. Basically a giant tarzan swing.
    The idea was to make sure you made it back!
    It was very enjoyable, but for some was even more scary than the zip lines themselves.

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    Two-toed Sloth

    by zrim Updated Jan 15, 2005

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    if you wish to see a sloth look high in the trees

    There are two-toed sloths and there are three-toed sloths. What is the difference you ask, well, two-toed sloths have two claws ascending from their limbs, while three-toed sloths have three claws. Otherwise, these animals are very much alike. The two-toed sloths do have longer blondish hair and are found in higher elevations. The three-toed sloths, meanwhile, are only found in the coastal lowlands.

    But all in all, sloths, whether two-toed or three-toed behave alike and lead very similar lives. Lives of intense inactivity. Mostly it's a life of hanging about. Chewing leaves. And climbing down from their perch about once a week to defecate. That's it. One poop a week. Try it yourself sometime and you will gain appreciation for the hard lot that nature has thrown in the sloth's direction.

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    Hummingbird garden at the end of the Zipline

    by frank_delargy Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Hummingbird in Selvatura

    Many of the zipline companies also offer other attractions like canopy bridges, butterfly gardens and hummingbird gardens. On the one that we choose (Selvatura) you walked through a hummingbird area at the end of the Ziplines.
    This was a very nice way to 'come down' after zipping through the treetops and across the valleys.

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    Ziplines - 2.

    by frank_delargy Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Nevada getting into position for the next line

    In this tip I wanted to show a close-up of how your are suspended from the wires and the equipment that is used.
    IN the picture you will see how you are suspended by a pulley wheel and an attached piece of nylon. There is an additional separate piece of nylon as a safety.
    In this configuration, you use the glove to pull down on the wire to slow down. But beware, don't slow down too much or you will end up stuck in the middle. It is a balance between too fast and too slow.

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    Ziplines - 1.

    by frank_delargy Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Colin heading out over a valley.

    Imagine almost flying across wide and deep valleys along wire where you are suspended by a thin strip of nylon and a roller. Imagine doing this for about 2 miles.. Well that's what you get for your money and it is something that I would do again in a heartbeat.
    It is truly a MUST DO activity.
    You pays your money.. join a group of 20 or so other crazy people, attach a small nylon strap to your body, drive to a higher place, climb up a tall tree, attach you tiny strap to a steel wire and then coast down these wires (zip lines) for about 2 miles, from treetop to treetop, crossing over valleys hundreds of feet above the very tall trees in the process.
    Awesome..
    If it was just a walk through the treetops it would be great, but the added thrill of almost flying across valleys is incredible. There are many companies that provide this service. I only used one (Selvatura), which I do recommend. They also have a great hummingbird 'garden' at the end of the trip.

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