Monteverde, Costa Rica: a guide of places to visit as a family

Monteverde, Costa Rica:
a guide of places to visit as a family

Packages and activities at Selvatura Park
that are ideal for you and your family

Discover Monteverde, Costa Rica, with your family at the safest park in the area: Selvatura Park. Get reenergized with these packages that will allow you to de-stress, continue discovering your love of nature, and enjoy a great vacation.

We recommend these packages:

Platinum Pack

Platinum Pack

  • Hanging Bridges
  • Butterfly Garden
  • 6 hour duration
Gold Pack

Gold PackIdeal for Families

  • Zip line tour
  • Hanging bridges
  • 4 hour duration
Wooden Pack

Wooden Pack

  • Hanging Bridges
  • Butterfly Garden
  • 2.5 hour duration

We also suggest trying out these activities if you’d like to create your own package by choosing the tours that suit your preferences. The times available to start all of these activities are: 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Activities Activities



Canopy Tour

Zip line Tour

2 - 2.5 hours

  • Adults: $63.00
  • Students under 18 years of age: $57.00
  • Children (4-12): $44.00
  • Residents (all ages): $44.00
  • Reservation charges may apply*

Hanging Bridges

Hanging Bridges

1 - 1.5 hours

  • Adults: $43.00
  • Students under 18 years of age: $39.00
  • Children (4-12): $30.00
  • Residents (all ages): $30.00
  • Reservation charges may apply*

Natural History

Natural History Hike

2 - 2.5 hours

  • Adults: $61.00
  • Students under 18 years of age: $55.00
  • Children (4-12): $43.00
  • Residents (all ages): $43.00
  • Reservation charges may apply*

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden

45 minutes

  • Adults: $19.00
  • Students under 18 years of age: $19.00
  • Children (4-12): $19.00
  • Residents (all ages): $19.00
  • Reservation charges may apply*

Reptile and
Amphibian Exhibit

Reptile and Amphibian Exhibit

45 minutes

  • Adults: $19.00
  • Students under 18 years of age: $19.00
  • Children (4-12): $19.00
  • Residents (all ages): $19.00
  • Reservation charges may apply*

About this location: what can be found in Monteverde, Costa Rica?

In the words of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), Monteverde, Costa Ricais a place of stunning natural beauty that all Costa Ricans and foreign visitors should see. “It’s situated in paradise, and it’s perfect for those who admire impressive natural wonders and who have learned to live in harmony with the environment”, states the official page.

Its name comes from the lush green colour of this region. It’s important to note that this area is focused not only on observing the wonders of nature, but also on caring for and respecting nature. That’s why the community here is leading environmental conservation and preservation in Costa Rica.

Specialists from the Tropical Science Centre (CCT), one of the most highly frequented spots in Monteverde due to its biodiversity, has emphasized, on numerous occasions, the importance of using eco-tourism to care for the connected protected areas throughout the region.

Here below, we will share some of the places you should visit to enjoy your trip to Monteverde alongside your family.

Things to do in Monteverde, Costa Rica:

Where to eat and drink

Where to eat in Monteverde,
Costa Rica if you’re traveling with family
Morpho´s Restaurant Costa Rican
cuisine and
Good value
for money
Sabor Tico Restaurant Costa Rican
cuisine, natural
juices, and desserts
Good value
for money
The Fig Restaurante Contemporary
Costa Rican
cuisine and
Excellent value
for money

Morpho’s Restaurant

This restaurant’s architectural design attracts attention from those who come to the La Pension Backpackers hostel in Santa Elena. The area’s nature and wildlife has been painted using organic paint.

The restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere and offers a wide variety of dishes, including typical Costa Rican cuisine, pasta, meat and fish dishes, as well as vegetarian options and quick bites such as soups, salads, sandwiches, and hamburgers.

Sabor Tico Restaurant

As this restaurant’s name suggests, Costa Rica’s gastronomy is represented in its dishes. It uses traditional recipes and cooking techniques.

The meals offered here are generally quite healthy and well balanced, with meat and fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices. If your family is on a strict diet, eating here won’t be a problem as you can enjoy meals that can be customized for you without losing their Costa Rican flavours.

The Fig Restaurant & Sunset Lounge

This restaurant is located in the Ficus Sunset Suites Hotel. You can bring your family here to enjoy the excellent family friendly environment. Here, you can try excellent contemporary Costa Rican dishes, as well as gourmet meals and tropical sangria. The best thing about this restaurant is that you can see spectacular views while enjoying the best Costa Rican fare.

Where to stay: the ideal family hotel in Monteverde

Hotel Heliconia

If you’re looking for a rustic location that’s surrounded by nature, with spacious rooms, hiking trails, and amazing views, Hotel Heliconia is the place for you. They’re happy to have children of all ages stay at the hotel, and there are cribs available (with prior notice). It’s also very close to the city’s downtown area.

How to get to Monteverde and
make use of free transportation

Whether you rent a car or hire a private transportation service, you can use this link to see three routes to enjoy your trip

One advantage of traveling as a family and visiting the area near the Santa Elena community of Monteverde, is that you can find drugstores, clinics, private doctors, telephones, massage services, banks, laundromats, gas stations, and car and motorcycle repair shops.

Remember that when you’re traveling as a family, with children and senior citizens, hiring a private transportation service is the best choice to ensure a safe and comfortable trip, as the roads in Costa Rica aren’t the best for drivers who don’t know the area.

If you want to encourage your family’s sense of adventure and you’ve decided to visit Selvatura Park during your trip, remember to use Selvatura Park’s free transportation service, when you book the Gold Pack zipline and hanging bridges tour. It will pick you up from the main hotels in Santa Elena. Click the following link to book the tour.

Other activities of interest: places to learn about biodiversity and the richness of nature as a family



in hours


The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
6 6:00 a. m. Minimum 3 -
maximum 7
The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
Guided Natural
History Hike*
2.5 7:30 a. m.
9:15 a. m
11:30 a. m
1:00 p. m
Maximum 8
The Children’s
Eternal Forest
Guided night tours
at the Bajo
del Tigre Reserve**
2 5:30 p. m. Minimum 2
Gold Pack: ziplines
and hanging bridges***
4 08:30 a. m.
11:00 a. m.
01:00 p. m.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
and the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

As stated by the ICT, the Monteverde reserve is internationally known as being one of the “most outstanding tropical wildlife sanctuaries on this side of the world”. It extends up to the slopes of the Costa Rican Caribbean and Pacific regions, so the combination of its climatic and geographic conditions create considerable temperature and humidity changes within relatively short distances.

The reserve is also home to six different vegetation communities, more than 100 mammal species, 400 bird species, 120 amphibian and reptile species, 2,500 plant species (including 500 kinds of orchids) and tens of thousands of insects.

The Santa Elena Reserve is also an area dedicated to the protection of the cloud forest, and the improvement of education in the surrounding community. It is managed by the Professional Association of Santa Elena, which uses the income from the park to protect the forest and carry out educational projects.

Its prime geographical location allows native species from the Atlantic and the Pacific to thrive here. At both reserves, you can go on guided hikes to go bird watching or learn about natural history.

The Children’s Eternal Forest

This protected area was founded more than 30 years ago, using donations made by children, adults, schools, and Swedish organizations. It’s currently the largest private reserve in Costa Rica.

They state on their official website that more than 60 amphibian species, 101 reptile species, 425 bird species, and 121 mammal species are protected here. There’s also a wide variety of plants, including 3,021 vascular species. To observe them, there are two biological stations, a visitor reception center, classrooms, and a forest nursery.

Selvatura Park: ziplines and hanging bridges

This adventure park is located just 2 kilometres from Santa Elena. It’s the safest park in the area, as its construction blueprints are backed by the Association of Architects and Engineers of Costa Rica. It’s definitely a place that the whole family will enjoy.

There are many diverse activities to do here, and we recommend the zipline and hanging bridges.

What you should bring when traveling to Monteverde, Costa Rica:

  • Bring comfortable clothes
  • Bring a jacket or a raincoat
  • Wear shoes or boots that are suitable for
    muddy terrain
  • Bring a change of clothes
  • Don’t forget insect repellant