Fodor's Expert Review Selvatura

Monteverde Cloud Forest and Santa Elena Zoo/Aquarium Fodor's Choice

If your time in Monteverde is limited, consider spending it at Selvatura, a kind of nature-themed adventure park—complete with a canopy tour and hanging bridges—just outside the Santa Elena Reserve. A 100-bird hummingbird garden, an enclosed 20-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 the Monteverde Cloud Forest has 12 lines and 18 platforms, with an optional Tarzan swing at the end to round out the excursion. The Tree Top Walkway takes you to heights ranging from 12 meters (36 feet) up to 60 meters (180 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 included, for $121. Most visitors get by for... READ MORE

If your time in Monteverde is limited, consider spending it at Selvatura, a kind of nature-themed adventure park—complete with a canopy tour and hanging bridges—just outside the Santa Elena Reserve. A 100-bird hummingbird garden, an enclosed 20-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 the Monteverde Cloud Forest has 12 lines and 18 platforms, with an optional Tarzan swing at the end to round out the excursion. The Tree Top Walkway takes you to heights ranging from 12 meters (36 feet) up to 60 meters (180 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 included, for $121. Most visitors get by for much less, given that one day isn't really enough for all there is to do here.

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Quick Facts

Office across from church in town; Selvatura park 7 km (4 miles) northwest of Banco Nacional
Santa Elena, Puntarenas  60109, Costa Rica

-2645–5929

www.selvatura.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Prices vary, depending on package; zip-line tour $50; Tree Tops Walkway $30

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