Welcome to Reserva Santa Elena
Though Monteverde's cloud forest reserve gets all the attention, the misty Reserva Santa Elena has plenty to recommend it. You can practically hear the epiphyte-draped canopy breathing in as water drops onto the leaf litter and mud underfoot. The odd call of the three-wattled bellbird and the low crescendo of a howler monkey punctuate the higher-pitched bird chatter. While Monteverde entertains almost 200,000 visitors annually, Santa Elena sees fewer than 20,000 tourists each year, meaning its dewy trails are usually far quieter.
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