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Fodor's Costa Rica 2014
If your time in Monteverde is limited, consider spending it at Selvatura, a kind of nature theme park—complete with canopy tour and bridge walks—just outside the Santa Elena Reserve. A 100-bird hummingbird garden, an enormous enclosed 50-species mariposario (butterfly garden), a herpetario (frog and reptile house), and insect exhibition sit near the visitor center. The only zip-line tour built entirely inside a cloud forest has 15 lines and 18 platforms, with an optional Tarzan swing at the end to round out the excursion. Tree Top Walkways takes you to heights ranging from 50 meters (150 feet) up to 170 meters (510 feet) on a 3-km (2-mile) walk. These are some of the longest and strongest bridges in the country and run through the same canopy terrain as the zip-line tour.
You can choose from numerous mix-and-match packages, depending on which activities interest you, or take it all in, with lunch and guide included, for $138. Most visitors get by for much less, given that you couldn't take in all there is to do here in one day.
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