Curi Cancha Reserve is a privately owned and maintained Cloud Forest Reserve that is part of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Their mission statement is "To protect of natural resources of the planet operating through an economically and environmentally sustainable business that preserves local forests and biodiversity, benefits people of the area, and provides the highest quality experience for the visitor." Curi Cancha activities include daytime guided tours, night guided tours, and guided birdwatching tours.
The Children's Eternal Rainforest Bosque Eterno de los Ninos www.acmcr.org
In 1986 a group of school children from Sweden had an idea to raise money to purchase rainforest to preserve for all time. Their fundraising efforts went worldwide and the still-growing Children's Eternal Rainforest was born. So far, more than 40 countries have helped to buy and protect this beautiful rainforest. With more than 22,000 hectares to explore, visitors can experience the great biodiversity of 6 of Costa Rica's 12 life zones. The Children's Eternal Rainforest is a place of wonder with a multitude of trails to hike. In addition to self-guided hikes The Children's Eternal Rainforest offers special one and two day, guided hikes, and night hikes.
The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the first community administered reserves in Costa Rica. Made up of 310 hectares (765 acres), originally leased by the Santa Elena Community High School for an unsuccessful agricultural education project, it was converted to a forest reserve in 1989. Later Santa Elena teamed up with Youth Challenge International, a Canadian non-profit organization, and opened as an eco-tourism reserve in 1992. The goals of the community was to preserve the cloud forest and use tourism to benefit community development. All profits from entrance go towards managing and protecting the reserve and to supporting higher quality education for Monteverde's schools.
Hours: The trails are open from 7 AM to 4 PM daily. Guided Tours: Three-hour guided tours are available
There is a restaurant and souvenir shop at the entrance
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve maintains a 13 km complex of trails that include a hike up to the top of the Continental Divide, and the opportunity to be bathed by the primordial sights and sounds of the Cloud Forest. At almost 600 feet, the top of the Continental Divide offers spectacular views of both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Costa Rica.
The diversity of life is wondrous. There are upwards of 500 species of birds living in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, along with 250 species of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals and more than 3000 species of plants. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has a Natural History Tour, a Night Walk, and Birdwatching guided tours available. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve also has a restaurant, gift shop, and offers specialized courses, environmental education and other programs and research.
The Tropical Science Center at The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has the following mission ststement: "TSC's mission is the acquisition and application of knowledge pertaining to man's lasting relationship to the biological and physical resources of the tropics. This philosophy is implemented through scientific research, direct action at a community level, management of protected areas, education, and consulting services. The autonomy of the organization ensures that goals are achieved without political, social, ideological or religious prejudice."
Reserve Entrance Fees
Foreign Student From 7:00 am to 1:00 pm (A valid student I.D. is required) $9.00
Foreign StudentFrom 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (A valid student I.D. is required) $7.00
Foreign Child from 6 to 12 years old $9.00
Costa Rican and residents $6.00
Costa Rican Student(A valid student I.D. is required) $4.00
The Ecological Sanctuary is a private reserve whose mission, according to them, is "to conserve the forest and offer our visitors an unforgettable opportunity to experience the magic of nature via a journey through our various trails." They are part of a chain of biological reserves and plants more than 1000 trees per year. The Monteverde Ecological Sanctuary has trails, that can be guided or non-guided, a restaurant, gift shop, rest area, and picnic area.