Monteverde Night Tour
- Adult 12+ years old
- Student 12-17 years old
- Child 5-11 years old
- Local All Ages
Explore Monteverde at Night in Monteverde
The Monteverde Night Tour is a 2-hour guided tour at night in the Monteverde forest in Costa Rica. We take small groups of tourists into the woods at night with flashlights and a tour guide searching for nocturnal animals.
We run these Monteverde Night Tours twice per night, at 6 pm and 8 pm. Each night tour takes about 2 hours, and we go on foot, but it’s a light walk with multiple stops as we find animals.
The activity is low-intensity, suitable for ages 6+.
Discover the Creatures of the Night at the Monteverde Night Tour
You might have visited the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and wondered why you did not see many animals. That is one of the most frequently asked questions from people who visit the park, and it makes a lot of sense. After all, many people travel to Monteverde to see wildlife.
Monteverde is home to 100 mammal species, 400 bird species, 120 reptilian and amphibian species, and thousands of insects. However, more than 80% of wildlife in Monteverde is active during the night, not during the day, which is why it’s tough to see animals during the daytime.
When the sunsets, these animals come out in search of food and shelter to spend the night.
With the help of a local tour guide and flashlights, it’s relatively easy to find some of these species in the forest.
See a Variety of Nocturnal Animals in a Monteverde Night Tour
People often ask us, “What kind of animals do you see in a night tour in Monteverde?”
As a general rule, you can see up to five species of mammals, between one and three species of reptiles and amphibians, between one and five species of birds, and many species of insects. The most popular types of mammals you can see on a night tour include monkeys, agoutis, coatis, sloths, and kinkajous. You can also find the fantastic red-eyed frog, a beautiful frog species considered one of the most amazing animals in Costa Rica.
On a Monteverde Night Tour, the most popular bird species we regularly see include toucans, Mot-mots, and sometimes even the impressive resplendent Quetzal. During the night tour, these species will be asleep, so you will not see them actively moving, but instead, you will see them sleeping on a tree.
On the insect’s realm, you will typically see a lot of types in a Monteverde Night Tour, including Walking Sticks (impressive insects that resemble a 5 to 12-inch stick), as well as Tarantulas and Scorpions. Don’t worry, though; our guides are well-trained to ensure safety goes first. We will never expose you to these creatures in an unsafe manner. We will show them to you at a prudent distance avoiding contact with them.
Another stunning creature of the night we regularly see on a Monteverde Night Tour is a famous snake we call the Green Vipper, a beautiful poisonous snake that comes out at night to prey on birds and other smaller animals. If you’re lucky, you might even see it hunting (or even ingesting) a small animal.
Every night is different, and with nature, there is never a guarantee of what you will see on your Monteverde Night Tour, but we typically see the above types of animals to a degree.
Friendly Guides Tell You Anything About Wildlife at the Monteverde Night Tour
At the Monteverde Night Tour, you will feel right at home with our friendly and clever guides, who go above and beyond to do their job at 110%, telling you everything there is to know about the local wildlife with little jokes to make every minute of the tour very relaxed.
Learn from the experts as our skilled guides have extensive knowledge of wildlife and nature, and they will answer every possible question you may have about Monteverde’s local wildlife.
Photograph Animals in the Wilderness at the Monteverde Night Tour
At the Monteverde Night Tour, you will be able to take amazing pictures of animals in their natural habitat. Bring home an extraordinary memory as our guides have an excellent eye for spotting rainforest wildlife and help with wonderful photos through their viewing scope.
Book Your Monteverde Night Tour with a Flexible Cancellation Policy
We run the Monteverde Night Tour twice a day every night, but we require a reservation, and we have limited spots available, which is why we encourage you to book ahead. Don’t worry, though, as we have a flexible cancellation policy.
Cancel at least 24 hours before the day of your night tour, and we will refund you fully, no questions asked. We want to be sure you have a great time during your stay in Monteverde, and that is why we do not want you to commit to a tour unless you are sure you can make it.
At the same time, the only way for us to run the tour is to work with reservations, so we need you to book ahead. Use the “Book Now” button (located at the bottom of this page if you’re on a mobile device or the right-hand side if you’re on a desktop) to check on real-time availability and get your spot today.
Note For Solo Travelers: We need at least two customers to operate this tour. If you are a solo traveler and there is no one else on tour, we will need to charge your card the equivalent of 2 people.
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