Selvatura Park is a nature and adventure park with a wide variety of activities, including a canopy tour, treetop walkways, butterfly garden, insect exhibit, hummingbird garden, and a reptile and amphibian exhibit.
We highly recommend their canopy ziplining tour. You will be flying through 15 cables and 18 platforms with an optional Tarzan Swing at the end of the adventure. They also offer a Superman cable, where you can fly through the trees in a horizontal position. Selvatura Park is one of the longest canopy tours in Costa Rica. The tour usually takes between 2.5 and 3 hours and can be done by adventurers ages 4 and older. It is a safe adventure for everyone although restrictions may apply. www.selvatura.com
Featuring the longest, fastest ziplines in Monteverde, Extremo is for those who love adrenaline and high adventure. In addition to the canopy tour, Extremo offers Superman cables and the highest bungee jump in Central America! www.monteverdeextremo.com
The ultimate adrenaline rush! The tour begins with a short hike with amazing views of the surroundings (on a clear day you can see from the Pacific to Lake Nicaragua!), followed by a rappel down six different waterfalls and canyons. All six waterfalls are different, the tallest one measuring 40 meters (131 feet). www.familiabrenestours.com
Sabine, who speaks English, French, Spanish, and German, offers a variety of horse treks, from $15 US per hour to day trips to specialty tours including a Full Moon Ride. Several multi-day treks are also available. www.horseback-riding-tour.com
Horse Trek Monteverde
Horse Trek Monteverde offers horseback rides ranging from 2.5 hours to 8 days. Ride through the beautiful Monteverde area, where you can see waterfalls, enjoy the view from the continental divide, or explore local villages. www.horsetrekmonteverde.com
Cerro Amigos is a trail just behind the hotel that leads to the highest point in Monteverde. The dirt road is used to access the TV towers located on top of the mountain. The hike takes about one hour to reach the top, but the road is steep and not for the faint of heart. The views from the top – overlooking Monteverde, the Pacific Ocean, and even Lake Arenal on clear days – are well worth the effort.
El Trapiche Sugar Cane and Coffee Tour
El Trapiche (Spanish for sugar mill) is a Costa Rican family business offering two-hour tours of their farm. On the farm you will see sugar cane, coffee, bananas, plantains, oranges, tubers, and more. It is a good opportunity to learn about the traditional Costa Rican sugar mill and sugar extraction process. You will also get a chance to ride a Costa Rican ox cart and experience the process of making liquor out of the sugar cane. The tour ends with a fragrant cup of coffee from the farm. www.eltrapichetour.com
Experience the age-old coffee tradition through a unique tour of this local family farm. Their specialized guides will point out the most important aspects of coffee, from its harvesting to processing. They’ll take you through the history of this crop from its beginnings in the Arab African countries and Ethiopia to the present, giving a special focus on
the great importance this “golden grain” had on the social, cultural, and economic development of Costa Rica. You’ll also learn about chocolate and sugar cane production, both of which also take place on the farm. www.donjuancoffeetour.com
Monteverde Orchid Garden
Explore hundreds of different orchid species on this fascinating tour, which can last anywhere from 25 to 40 minutes depending on your interest. Some of the species are so small you need a magnifying glass to see them! Different orchids bloom at different times of year, so there is always something new to see. Each ticket is valid for one year, so you can go back as many times as you would like. www.monteverdeorchidgarden.net
La Cooperativa de Artesanas de Santa Elena y Monteverde, more commonly known as CASEM, has been providing its customers with locally produced, handmade crafts including clothing, bags, jewelry, artwork, toys, and more for 32 years, and it does so using a cooperative model that directly benefits the artisans that create them. CASEM has been critical in the empowerment of women in Monteverde and the surrounding communities.
Casa de Arte
The Casa de Arte, or Art House, is a locally owned art gallery and shop that offers unique pieces, many of which are made in the shop. They also offer workshops for those interested in learning more about different artistic techniques. www.monteverdearthouse.com
Monteverde Butterfly Gardens
The Butterfly Gardens offer one-hour tours through its four unique gardens, rearing chamber (where caterpillars become butterflies), and leaf-cutter ant colony. Visitors will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of butterflies and other insects with tours in English or Spanish. www.monteverdebutterflygarden.com
The Serpentarium is home not only to many varieties of venomous and non-venomous snakes, but also to frogs, turtles, toads, and lizards. You can explore on your own or go with a guide to learn even more about the reptiles and amphibians in Costa Rica.
This 45-minute tour introduces visitors to the exciting world of bats. The tour ends with a visit to a simulated jungle environment that is home to 8 different species of live bats. Guests can stay as long as they want to admire these fascinating creatures. www.batjungle.com