Reserva Santa Elena

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adult/student US$14/7, guided hike US$15
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The exquisitely misty 310-hectare Reserva Santa Elena offers a completely different cloud forest experience to Monteverde. Cutting through the veiled forest, the 10km of dewy trails see much less traffic, retaining a magic that is sometimes missing at Monteverde. Open since 1992, this reserve was one of the first community-managed conservation projects in the country.

There’s a reserve office at the Colegio Técnico Profesional in town. The reserve itself is about 6km northeast of the village of Santa Elena. There’s a simple restaurant, coffee shop and gift store. Note that all proceeds go toward managing the reserve as well as to environmental-education programs in local schools.