Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
Funded and run by the community of Santa Elena the 310 hectares of santa elena Cloud Forest Reserve are dedicated to conservation and education. The students of the local high school play a vital role in its development.
A walk through a Santa Elena Cloud Forest reveals a lush garden of mosses, ferns, flowers and epiphytes growing thickly on every tree. Clouds drift in and settle among the slopes, providing the plants with the continuous moisture that they require.
Dangling roots and vines sweep across the trails, while the sounds of birds and other creatures echo throughout the forest.
Trails & Hiking
The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve becomes a fantastic place to walk in a cloud forest, has 5 trails and an observation tower which can be seen on clear days the Arenal Volcano and the Gulf of Nicoya, among others.
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve has a team of local guides, who know well the Cloud Forest, so you can appreciate in detail the characteristics and various attractions of the Reserve and its great biodiversity.
The Guided Walks have a maximum of 8 people per group, please book in advance in any of the schedules available. 7:30 am 1:00 pm.