Natural History Walk

Private or Group Tour

Overview

 Overview

A natural history walk* is a must-do in Monteverde, and we offer it as a private tour or a small group tour. Long before adrenaline adventure activities like zipline canopy tours became popular, natural history walks in Monteverde’s various trail systems were, and continue to be, one of the best ways to experience the forest, learn about our biodiversity, and takeaway new knowledge about sustainability and conservation.

On our approximately 3hr natural history walk (which is led by a certified, experienced, profesional naturalist guide**) the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Santa Elena Reserve, Aguti Reserve, Curi Cancha Reserve or SkyWalk Bridges are transformed into an educational outing with plenty of opportunities to see plants, birds, and other wildlife you might miss on your own.

*Some other ways to call a “natural history walk” are: guided tour, guided walk, cloud forest walk, and cloud forest tour.

**There are many naturalist guides in Monteverde who are not certified in a traditional academic way but who are fantastic, well-read, professional guides with decades of experience. We wholly support non traditionally-certified guides who demonstrate these high standards, and we hire them for our tours in some cases.

Close your eyes and listen to a moment you could live

by Pasión Costa Rica

COVID-19 Protocols

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience.

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use.

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized.

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands.

  • We put safety first, see more details in our Health & Safety section.

Photo Gallery & Details 

Tour Times & Duration

  • Morning tour 7:30am – 10:30am (3h)
  • Afternoon tour 1:30pm – 4:30pm (3h)

Availability: Tours run daily and are subject to guide availability. 

This tour runs rain or shine (except in a strong thunder storm or very strong winds)

Guidelines & Restrictions

  • Follow the guide’s instructions. 
  • Keep noise level down.
  • Pay attention to signage.
  • Stay on the trail.
  • Don’t extract flora or fauna.
  • Wear closed toed shoes.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Wheelchair accessible ONLY on certain portions of trails at the Santa Elena Reserve and at Aguti Reserve.
  • Expect a leisurely walk with lots of stops. This is the best way to enjoy learning about the cloud forest and try to spot wildlife.

Itinerary

  1. Departure Point: Flexible and traveler pickup is offered.
  2. Trail Possibilities: Santa Elena Reserve, Monteverde Reserve, Aguti Reserve, Curi Cancha Reserve or SkyWalk bridges.  
  3. Return Details: Returns to original departure point. Also flexible. 

Photo Gallery & Details 

Tour Times & Duration

  • Morning tour 7:30am – 10:30am (3h)
  • Afternoon tour 1:30pm – 4:30pm (3h)

Availability: Tours run daily and are subject to guide availability. 

This tour runs rain or shine (except in a strong thunder storm or very strong winds)

Guidelines & Restrictions

  • Follow the guide’s instructions. 
  • Keep noise level down.
  • Pay attention to signage.
  • Stay on the trail.
  • Don’t extract flora or fauna.
  • Wear closed toed shoes.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Wheelchair accessible ONLY on certain portions of trails at the Santa Elena Reserve and at Aguti Reserve.
  • Expect a leisurely walk with lots of stops. This is the best way to enjoy learning about the cloud forest and try to spot wildlife.

Itinerary

  1. Departure Point: Flexible and traveler pickup is offered.
  2. Trail Possibilities: Santa Elena Reserve, Monteverde Reserve, Aguti Reserve, Curi Cancha Reserve or SkyWalk bridges.  
  3. Return Details: Returns to original departure point. Also flexible. 

COVID-19 Protocols

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience.

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use.

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized.

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands.

  • We put safety first, see more details in our Health & Safety section.

Tour Prices

Special 20% Discount

  • Now through December 31, 2020, apply a 20% discount to the below prices.

Private Tours

  • 1 adult: $135.00 USD / person.
  • 2 adults: $67.50 USD / person. 
  • 3 adults: $45.00 USD / person.
  • 4 adults: $34.00 USD / person.
  • 5 adults: $27.00 USD / person.
  • 6 adults: $22.50 USD / person.
  • 7 adults: $19.50 USD / person.
  • Children 6-12 years: FREE.
  • Infants 0-5 years: FREE.

Small Group Tours

  • 1 adult: We love solo travelers! Contact Us for solo traveler pricing.
  • 2 adults: $34.00 USD / person
  • 3 adults: $28.00 USD / person
  • 4 adults: $26.00 USD / person
  • 5 adults: $25.00 USD / person
  • 6 adults: $24.00 USD / person
  • Children 6-12 years: $20.00 USD / person.
  • Infants 0-5 years: FREE.

Reservations & Cancellations

  • Free Cancellation: Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • See details in our FAQ section. 

Included

  • Private guide fee. 
  • Transportation pickup and drop-off in Santa Elena and Monteverde.
  • Taxes.
  • Binoculars provided.
  • Available in English, Spanish or French according to guide availability.

Not Included

  • Entrance fees: $15-35 USD per person, payable directly at trails.
  • Food and drinks not included.
    • Please bring a refillable water bottle if you’d like water.

Tour Prices

Special 20% Discount

  • Now through December 31, 2020, apply a 20% discount to the below prices.

Private Tours

  • 1 adult: $135.00 USD / person.
  • 2 adults: $67.50 USD / person. 
  • 3 adults: $45.00 USD / person.
  • 4 adults: $34.00 USD / person.
  • 5 adults: $27.00 USD / person.
  • 6 adults: $22.50 USD / person.
  • 7 adults: $19.50 USD / person.
  • Children 6-12 years: FREE.
  • Infants 0-5 years: FREE.

Small Group Tours

  • 1 adult: We love solo travelers! Contact Us for solo traveler pricing.
  • 2 adults: $34.00 USD / person
  • 3 adults: $28.00 USD / person
  • 4 adults: $26.00 USD / person
  • 5 adults: $25.00 USD / person
  • 6 adults: $24.00 USD / person
  • Children 6-12 years: $20.00 USD / person.
  • Infants 0-5 years: FREE.

Reservations & Cancellations

  • Free Cancellation: Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • See details in our FAQ section. 

Included

  • Private guide fee. 
  • Transportation pickup and drop-off in Santa Elena and Monteverde.
  • Taxes.
  • Binoculars provided.
  • Available in English, Spanish or French according to guide availability.

Not Included

  • Entrance fees: $15-35 USD per person, payable directly at trails.
  • Food and drinks not included.
    • Please bring a refillable water bottle if you’d like water.

What are the clients saying about this tour?

Reviews in TripAvisor of 2020 tours to clients around the world!

From the first phone call to arrange a tour, right to the end of our second walk, dealing with Pasión Costa Rica was a wonderful and personalized experience. We travelled as a family of 8 (7 to 79 years old) and Marcos made it interesting and engaging for every single one of us. The company name sits very well with Marcos who is clearly passionate about what he does and makes this experience so very different to some of the other tours in the area. We would definitely book again when back in Monteverde.
Greg

United Kingdom

We have done two hikes with Marcos during our time in Costa Rica and both tours were wonderful experiences. The second one, a day long tour to the San Gerardo Biological station was our absolute highlight during all our stay in Costa Rica. Marcos knows the rainforest like the back of his hand, birds are his big passion (and soon became ours), we saw tons of wildlife, waterfalls, fascinating plants. The hike was strenuous but manageable with the right equipment (proper shoes, a rainjacket etc..). We can not thank Marcos, Susu and their family enough for this amazing experienceIf you visit Monteverde, do this tour! Thank you and we wish you all the best.
Teresa & Romain

France

We spent a totally enjoyable 4 hours with Marcos as our knowledgeable and personable guide through the beautiful Curicancha Reserve on Feb. 22, 2020. We were a mixed group of teens and 62 year olds and he totally held our interest! His passion for the vast number of birds was remarkable and he REALLY knew his stuff! He assisted us in getting some great pictures!
Valerie J.

USA

Need a place to stay?

Ask about our Casita Meg! A fully furnished house ideal for 1 or 2 people.

Walking distance to downtown Santa Elena.

Quiet location with view of Golf of Nicoya.

Owner and naturalist guide onsite.

Minimum nights' stay: 3 nights.

Off street parking.

Need a place to stay?

Ask about our Casita Meg! A fully furnished house ideal for 1 or 2 people.

Walking distance to downtown Santa Elena.

Quiet location with view of Golf of Nicoya.

Owner and naturalist guide onsite.

Minimum nights' stay: 3 nights.

Off street parking.

Additional Questions?

Visited our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or Contact Us!

FAQ