TOURS

Cloudbridge offers guided tours for groups or individuals, usually lasting between 2-4 hours. The difficulty and length can be adjusted to your ability and interest. You will explore waterfalls, primary forest, and areas of reforested land with one of our Cloudbridge naturalists. You can choose between a general tour of reserve or one focused on primary forest habitat, birds, or nocturnal wildlife. Details on our standard tours are provided below.

Larger groups can choose one of our standard tours, or we can tailor the tour to meet your group’s special interests. Some potential specialty topics include: cloud forest flora and fauna, the local history of reforestation, and global climate change.

Tours are usually given in English, but we can sometimes provide guides who speak Spanish, German, or French.

Tours should be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Questions? Email Frank Spooner at frank@cloudbridge.org.

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Tour group enjoying the view of Cloudbridge Falls and the Rio Chirripó Pacifico.

 

Cloudbridge Reserve Tour: We hike along a river trail past two huge waterfalls, spotting birds and other wildlife, while learning about this special cloud forest and the reforestation work that has evolved over the last several decades. This tour starts at 8 am and lasts about 3 hours. Cost: $20 per person.

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Julia Falls on the waterfall trail.

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The endangered Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) is one of the two monkey species seen in the reserve.

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Collared Peccaries (Pecari tajacu) are often spotted on the trails during the day.

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Colourful and interesting flowers, like this Centropogon granulosus, attract many hummingbirds to the reserve.

 

Primary Forest Tour: We hike through an old growth (primary) forest that is home to unique wildlife including Resplendent Quetzals, Ornate Hawk-eagles, wild cats, rare butterflies, and beautiful orchids. This is a strenuous hike, but we will go at your pace and stop to admire the flora and fauna along the way. This tour starts at 8 am and lasts about 4 hours. Cost: $30 per person.

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The old growth is full of towering trees and high climbing vines. A truly magical place when the clouds roll in.

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Glasswing butterflies, like this Vicina Clearwing (Oleria vicinia), are frequently sighted in the reserve.

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The Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) is famous for its beautiful iridescent plumage and remarkable tail feathers.

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Earth Stars (Geastrum sp.) are one of the many interesting fungi that grow along the trails.

 

Bird Tour: There are 276+ bird species in the Reserve, many of which are unique to this region and high elevation. Hummingbirds, toucans, and brightly coloured tanagers are abundant. Resplendent Quetzals, Red-headed Barbets and others seasonal visitors are also frequently seen.  Start time is flexible and the tour lasts at least 2 hours. Cost: $10 per hour per person.

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The sleek Emerald Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus prasinus) can often be seen flitting between the trees of the reserve.

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A Sulphur-winged Parakeet (Pyrrhura hoffmanni) enjoying some fruit.

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The Blue-Crowned Motmot (Momotus momota) can be found nesting on the banks across from the Welcome Centre at Cloudbridge.

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Cloudbridge is home to 21 hummingbird species, including this Scintillent Hummingbird (Selasphorus scintilla).

 

Night Hike: Our keen-eyed guide will help you spot glass frogs, pit vipers, tarantulas, and other nocturnal wonders, and will provide interesting insights into the nightlife of the cloudforest. Bring a headlamp or flashlight and spare batteries. Start time is 6:30 pm and the hike lasts 1 to 1-1/2 hrs. Cost: $20 per person.

Emerald Glassfrogs (Espadarana prosoblepon) are common in some areas of the reserve.

Emerald Glassfrogs (Espadarana prosoblepon) are common in some areas of the reserve.

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The Blue-eyed Anole (Norops woodi) is often spotted sleeping on heliconia leaves at night.

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Many strange and interesting insects are spotted when out in the reserve at night, like this Lichen Katydid.

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A Palm Pit Viper (Bothriechis lateralis) on the hunt for its dinner.

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