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They say a family that travels together stays together. Selvatura Adventure Park in Monteverde can’t guarantee that, but it can certainly guarantee a day of absolute fun and a lifetime of memories and stories of the day. Imagine a day of adventure in the beauty of the mystical cloud forest, high up in the mountains of Costa Rica. Add to the image, thrills, different perspectives of the forest, and wildlife observation up close and this is a Family memory-making vacation in Monteverde for all ages.
Monteverde is a small close-knit community on the top of a lush mountain that is one of many along the American Continental Divide. What makes Monteverde extra special is that it is home to the cloud forest; a delicate, yet incredibly beautiful ecosystem, that conjures up images of forest elves and nymphs, that dwell in the undergrowth and dance between the trees. What wonderful stories will your family make up while walking through the misty clouds that weave through the forest, while searching for mystical or real creatures? Some imagination makes your exploration all the more entertaining!
Just as the elves and nymphs, the Monteverde community has dedicated decades to the conservation and preservation of the cloud forest and the wildlife with love. This is definitely a community effort, and through fundraising and the purchase of extended areas, much of the cloud and surrounding forests are now protected within a network of private reserves and parks. This means that there are lots of ways to enjoy the forest, whether it is adventure-filled or not. A perfect solution for all the family to enjoy.
Have stories to tell, not stuff to show: Flying through the clouds
Ready for an adventure in the sky? Canopy or Ziplining could well be the highest point of your family adventure in Monteverde literally and metaphorically. This thrill ride is a favorite adventure for everyone, children included and there will be stories told after it. The Selvatura Adventure Park’s zipline is the only one in Monteverde that runs through the cloud forest too!
With special safety equipment, you will be able to fly through the cloud forest’s canopy at exciting speeds between treetops, and guarantee one of the most exciting and exhilarating experiences of your life. For the younger ones and more cautious older ones, you can opt for an expert ziplining guide to tandem you through the course of cables, platforms, rappels, and Tarzan swings.
The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories: Take a Walk
Monteverde has a variety of nature reserves that will take you into the cloud forest and the rainforest for a morning or afternoon walk. Each reserve offers different trails that vary in length, difficulty, and landscapes so there is a trail that will work for all the family members.
Try the Monteverde Biological Reserve, the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve just to name a few. On all the walks through the different forests, animal spotting will be inevitable and is always fun for everyone. The lower the altitude, the more animals but the cloud forest is where those elves and nymphs would be.
Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion: Family-friendly stays
Not only does Monteverde have lots of private reserves, but it also has a variety of places to stay! When traveling with the family, it is important to stay in a hotel that offers the modern conveniences of a “home away from home”.
As its name implies, Ficus Sunset Suites is THE place to the vibrant colors of the sun that will change as it sets creating a visual spectacle that the whole family will enjoy. Whether it is from the spacious terrace of the airy room or from The Fig Restaurant that overlooks the Gulf of Nicoya and the quaint town of Santa Elena in the near distance. Enjoy a sundowner drink with the kids to seal a day of family fun.
An equally family-friendly stay is the Hotel Heliconia. This beautiful Alpine-inspired chalet, with its characteristic decorative wooden carvings, large windows, and spacious terraces, invites you to inhale the magic of Monteverde, where time takes on a different rhythm. The hotel’s ideal location will offer a myriad of opportunities to get out and explore the surrounding town streets dotted with restaurants, cafes, and shops.
Memories made together last a lifetime: Where the wild things are
Costa Rica is home to some of the most diverse wildlife in the world. Monteverde is alive with animals of all shapes and sizes, and that will fill your family vacations with squeals of delight, and get everyone engaged with the daily activities. Why not include an activity where you have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of its most famous residents at the unparalleled wildlife exhibitions at Selvatura Adventure Park?
Colorful, butterflies fluttering from one flower to another in the gardens, snakes, frogs, and lizards in their terrariums offering 360° views, and the sloth sanctuary will give you up-close observation of their habits and habitats. Just as ziplining, the possibility to see the diversity of wildlife will always be a highlight for children young and old. Unforgettable memories for the family to cherish forever.
Selvatura Adventure Park invites you and your family to enjoy the very best of Monteverde, a family-friendly destination where nature is front and center and can be enjoyed in lots of different and fun ways. Monteverde is a family memory-making destination and we look forward to sharing its magic with you, imaginary elves and nymphs included!