Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
The magnificent 310-hectare Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve sits slightly higher than the Monteverde Biological Reserve, and is less visited. It is an enchanting and magical place with abundant hanging vines, epiphytes and mosses seeming to cover every centimetre of the trees, exotic bird calls echoing through the canopy, and small mammals scurrying across the forest floor. There is a viewpoint from one of the trails where you can see Volcano Arenal, if the weather is clear. Proceeds from entrance fees go towards managing the reserve and helping to improve the nearby community of Santa Elena.