Starting at $25 per night

Overview

This magical guided hike into the Monteverde Wildlife Refuge is sure to bring a thrill when you suddenly discover the world of nocturnal nightlife. This is a one mile hike along an easy trail to observe the active wildlife in the unique cloud forest environment. Your knowledgeable local guide will take you to the places with the most recent animal sightings.

The tour will begin when you are picked up from your lodging in the Monteverde area by the provided transportation and brought to the cloud forest park. Equipped with headlamp, binoculars and flashlights, your guide will lead you into the ancient woodlands of towering trees to explore what might be lurking there.

Because animals who live in the forest are more active at night this is a perfect opportunity to find them foraging for food or dancing under the moonlight! Together you and your guide will silently seek a variety of wildlife including insects, birds, reptiles, spiders, sleeping birds, interesting frogs and mammals.

You may encounter the glowing eyes of a spider reflecting the light of a flashlight. Or one of Monteverde’s 71 species of snakes. Typically it is easy to find a bird sleeping up in the branches with its head tucked under its wing. Undisturbed by the light, sleeping birds are stationary giving you a chance to observe the identifying markings and colors on their wings.

Of course you’ll want to find a furry friend of some sort. Sloths, notoriously slow and irresistibly cute, lumber limb by limb through their home in the tree tops feasting on leaves. Other possible animal sightings include coatimundis and kinkajous. On rare occasions one of the six species of jungle cats has been spotted at night.

Every hike creates a brand new list of sightings. There are no guarantees you will see a particular species of wildlife, but you will see a variety of wildlife that is available on the particular night you are out observing. Be sure to bring your camera. Just being outdoors deep in the tropical cloud forest cover at night is an amazing experience.

When the approximately two hour hike ends, you’ll be brought back to your lodging where you began. This tour includes transportation, park entrance, and naturalist guide.

What to Bring

  • Insect Repellent
  • Camera
  • Close Toed Shoes
  • And Rain Gear

Location and Availability

The Night Tour at Quality Trail is available from Monteverde

Tour Time

  • 5:30pm

Tour Type

  • Nature
  • Learning Family

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Location

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Reviews

  • Overall 85.2% (20 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 82.5%
  • Expectations: 82.5%
  • Guides: 87.0%
  • Logistics: 89.0%
  • Value: 85.5%

04/13/2017

Guide was a encyclopedia of information and was very excited about the wild life and sharing information, very engaging! Unfortunately we didn't see the sloth until the end of the tour and didn't have enough time to really observe it. Would have been better if the guide had a scope like the Manuel Antonio guided so we could see the critters better and get photos.

02/28/2017

Disorganized upon arrival. Our guide (there were several so can only speak for ours, I do not remember his name, from SanJose with excellent English) was good at finding the animals and was knowledgeable but not very personable, like he did not care and wanted to be somewhere else. was very hurried at the end for us to leave and give him the flashlights, I would not redo this tour with that company.

02/22/2017

This tour exceeded our expectations. We saw aardvark, honey bear, viper snakes, porcupine, tarantula, leaf cutter ants and more. 70% of the animals in the jungle come out at night. These guides know where to see them. One of the highlights of the trip for kids who want to see wildlife.

07/05/2016

it was awesome. we were all scared at first, we really like the night tour.

07/29/2015

Our guide was good, but we didn't see a whole lot. It was pouring rain and windy, so the smart animals were hiding!

04/12/2015

Not much to see, wouldn't recommend. The guide was excellent, however.

02/25/2015

Not quite as good as the night tour at Arenal Oasis, somehow felt less wild, mainly because we could see lights of other groups.

02/05/2015

Fun tour. The guide was knowledgeable and was able to show us many animals.

12/01/2014

Very knowledgable and friendly guides.