El Bosque Eterno de los Niños (Children’s Eternal Forest). It’s named to honor the many children across the world who donated money to make the reserve possible. This is Costa Rica’s largest reserve and it covers many acres of cloud forest. On this tour, you’ll take a 4x4 to venture deep into the forest to the Pocosol Station, where you’ll get to see and experience the true biodiversity of Monteverde.
- 8 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 7:40 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Your tour begins early in the morning. If you opt for the private tour, you’ll have breakfast right before entering the park, otherwise your guide will offer you an energy bar. After the guided tour, you’ll leave the park to visit a nearby organic farm for lunch.
This reserve is located 2,362 feet (720 m) above sea level, creating the conditions necessary for a cloud forest. These misty environments only occur at fairly high altitudes. As you hike around the forest, you’ll see sites like a waterfall, a lagoon, and steaming vents called fumaroles that release superheated steam from underground.
From Pocosol Station, you can choose from 6.2 miles (10 km) of hiking trails. These trails are known for their rich plant life, with decomposition on the forest floor providing nutrients to orchids and epiphytes. They also offer incredible views of the Peñas Blancas Valley. This part of the reserve is also famous for its spectacular bird watching – keep an eye out for species like the endemic bare-necked umbrella bird and the resplendent quetzal.
7:40 AM — Departure from Fortuna 8:00 - 8:30 AM — Arrival at Bosque Eterno del Niños (BEN). 12:00 to 12:30 PM — Leave BEN and have a snack of fresh fruit. 1:00 - 1:30 PM — Lunch on Don Juan Finca Ecoturistica 2:30 PM Leave Don Juan 3:00 PM Drop off
6:00 AM — Hotel pick-up 7:00 AM – Arrive at BEN, enjoy a breakfast box 8:00 - 8:30 AM — Arrival at Bosque Eterno del Niños (BEN). 12:00 to 12:30 PM — Leave BEN and have a snack of fresh fruit. 1:00 - 1:30 PM — Lunch on Don Juan Finca Ecoturistica 2:30 PM Leave Don Juan 3:00 PM Drop off
An indispensable option for hiking and viewing this area's amazing biodiversity is the Children's Eternal Rain Forest (Bosque Eterno de los Ninos), also known as CERF. This gigantic reserve gets its name from the unprecedented support from children all over the world.
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What to Bring
Rain gear, camera, breathable clothes, comfortable walking shoes, binoculars (optional), and money for tips.
Transportation, guided tour, snacks, lunch at a farm, and water.
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