A night walk is one of the “must do’s” in Costa Rica and lots of people ask us if a Monteverde night walk is worth it. In this post, you’ll see why we absolutely think yes, a night walk in Monteverde is worth it!
There are several private reserves to do a night walk and every place and every night is different. Something that I especially liked about our night walk is that it was incredibly informative. Since the tropical cloud forest is very unique, it was highly interesting to learn more about the night life of the cloud forests.
Below are photos and a video of our night walk. We’ve done two and enjoyed each walk.
Animals Seen on the Monteverde Night Walk: Finca Santa Maria
Did you know that only 2 toed sloths live in Monteverde? 3 toed sloths don’t live up in the cloud forests since they don’t have enough fur to stay warm.
Read more about where to see sloths in Costa Rica here.
We also saw Click bugs, several different types of Katydids and other sleeping birds.
Here is our video on the Monteverde night walk. Taken January 2021.
Thoughts About the Monteverde Night Walk
My group was small (5 people) so it felt very personal and we got excellent attention from Elberth. Though the reserve is quite closed (it’s on 10 hectares but we only walked maybe 2 kilometers), we still saw a handful of wildlife.
As for our guide, Elberth was awesome (and I’ve been on many guided nature walks). He was very good at instructing us where to walk and stand to see the animals and helped us take pictures. He even took pictures for one girl who was too scared to get close to the tarantula.
Something to know about the Monteverde night walk is that every night is different. And it’s not a zoo! Thanks to Monteverde’s vast protected forests, the wildlife have a ton of land to roam! Don’t expect to see jungle cats around every corner.
But you will see wildlife and you’ll learn about these critters who live their life during the darkness of the cloud forests.
Information and Tips for Going on a Night Tour in Monteverde
- About 2 hour walk.
- Wear closed toed shoes and long pants.
- Wear a jacket. It gets quite cool in Monteverde and it can be windy or rain.
- Since you do walk for 2 hours, it’s not recommended for those who have issues walking for long periods of time.
- Bug repellent isn’t necessary if you’re going to wear long pants and a jacket. If you have shorts or a t shirt, I do recommend putting some on.
- The guides have flashlights for everyone but you can bring your own if you like as the ones provided are not the strongest. Someone in my group had a headlamp which I thought was really useful.
- Always follow your guide’s instructions. Don’t walk off the trail or touch the trees or bushes. You never know what could be hiding in there!
- Do not use flash on your camera.
- A telephoto lens is best for photos. I used my 100-400 mm lens
Read about other things to do in Monteverde!
Sky Adventures (zipline, hanging bridges, aerial tram)
Selvatura Park (Zipline, hanging bridges, insect and hummingbird garden)
Hiking Children’s Eternal Rain Forest
Children’s Eternal Rain Forest, Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
where do you reserve the night tour?
You can do it through your hotel, the info center downtown or directly at the reserve
Hi, I’m trying to decide if I need to pack proper hiking boots when coming to Costa Rica in February. Will be around Monteverde/Santa Elena Cloud Forests. Also planning to stop at Manuel Antonio and La Fortunan/Arenal. It seems like most people recommend just sneakers but some trails look like some proper footwear could be helpful. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.
You can wear normal sneakers but I personally prefer trail running shoes for more protection for Monteverde and Fortuna if you’re going to do the volcano hike. Also Monteverde and La Fortuna can rain in February even though its dry season so it’s nice to have something more durable than sneakers.
Staying in Samara in February. Do you know of any good night and/or day walks near there?
You can visit Camaronal Wildlife Refuge!
Alisa Harris says
Hi! We’re coming in Feb, do you recommend any vendor for the Monteverde night tour? Is it something we can book thru you or on our own? Lastly, can we reserve it when we get there or should we do it ahead of time? Thanks for your great advice! Alisa
Most places you can book directly with them but definitely make reservations, for February I’d make reservations before hand just in case because it’s a busy time of year. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Curi Cancha reserve both offer night tours with their own guides then there are other private ones around like Finca Santamaria, Kinkajou.
Laird Markland says
First, I agree with your comment policy!
Second, we are an American couple living in Grecia! We have been here a year, with one more year to go before we go back to
I would really enjoy getting to know you both!
Costa Rica will always be a second home for us!
My wife is Hispanic and fluent in Spanish y English.
What tour guide did you end up using? and do you have a link to reserve ?
We went with Three Brothers and we booked with them in person since we were staying at their Airbnb but you can also call or email them via their website or Facebook.
Amazing night photos you made in Monteverde, I like that tarantula and the green furry ball sleeping on that tree 🙂 (the Emerald Toucanet).