Monteverde Rain Forest Night Walk

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Monteverde Night Walk

From $38.00

Price varies by group size

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


RSVP to the biggest party in Monteverde with this nocturnal tour of the area's famed wildlife by moonlight, when nearly 80 percent of Monteverde's mammalian residents come out to play. Join a guide who will help you spot animals such as two-toed sloths, reptiles, and more as they come out after dark.
  • Guided night walk of Monteverde's wildlife
  • Spot the animals that only come out at night
  • Nocturnal tour lets you see more of Monteverde's famed animal life
  • A small group means more attention from your guide

What's Included

  • Local taxes
  • Rechargeable battery flashlight
  • Optic gear
  • Species ID field guides
  • Entrance fee of Refuguio de Vida Silvestre $13pp Cash or card
  • Transportation extra$8pp

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Wildlife Refuge Monteverde
    C. Los Camachos, Provincia de Puntarenas, Monteverde, Costa Rica

    Drive to Cañitas in the 606 nort 1K out of the town to Refugio de vida silvestre in calle Camachos or add in your GPS 85HC+FV Monterverde de Puntarenas when ou are there please ask for Johnny Villegas in the front desk of Refugio de Vida Silvestre

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Monteverde Wildlife Refuge

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Operated by Johnny loves nature

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Featured review
Kathryn U
Picked up at our hotel for a wonderful evening of critter exploring. Johnny was informative and had a great eye for the critters. I mentioned that I was especially hoping to see a sloth. He found one! Johnny's scope allowed us to view the animals in detail. He even took pictures with our phone camera through the scope. Nice touch. Informative and entertaining. I highly recommend his tour.


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Avoid this Fake experience
sathish_a, Mar 2024
The entire thing was fake. The only moving animal during the entire walk was a sloth. The guide would just stop and start his scope and he would then show us an animal. There was no rhyme or reason as to how he found an animal at that place. Looking at the previous reviews revealed that they were showing all of us the same animals - sloth, red eyed frog, tarantula. Avoid this scam. We also did not like the fact that the guide kept the lights ON the sloth all the time.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Hello, thank you for your comment, if we show the same animals because we go every day to the same ecosystem, where these wild animals live, some are residents and others are migratory. To be honest I never get a negative reaction when our visitors see a moving sloth. In any case, I am very happy that you observed a sloth in its natural habitat, thank you
Fun and interesting, great guide
Kimber_S, Mar 2024
Our guide Raphael was great. He was knowledgeable and could find all kinds of animals we would never have seen on our own.
Johnny was a wonderful guide
Maria_M, Mar 2024
Johnny was such a wonderful guide. He is so knowledgeable & charismatic. On my trip, we saw a few snakes, two tiny frogs, some super cool bugs, a tarantula, & a kinkajou. Kind of sad we didn’t see any sloths but nature is just unpredictable like that. Also just to clarify, the price that you pay is for the guide, not to enter the park. That is an additional $13 that you pay when you arrive. Getting a guide was so worth it though because we would not have been able to spot any of what we did without him.
Great night tour experience in the forest
Daniela_P, Mar 2024
This was an amazing night tour! We really enjoyed this experience and we saw so many different animals. We particularly enjoyed seeing sloths, toucans, scorpions, armadillo, red eye frog, porcupine, green pit viper, kinkajou and olingo. I guess we were unlucky with the night of the tour, as it was quite crowded. But our guide assured us that this was an exception.
Nice tour
Katja_W, Mar 2024
First of all, for whatever reason our guide did not show up that day, but the nice people organizing the tour were able to fit us in with another group, so props to them. Nice tour, we were able to see a few birds, a sloth, a viper, tarantulas and a few insects. Except for the insects though we were able to see those animals much better during a bird watching tour we did the day previously. So while this was a nice tour, if you want to save some money, just do bird watching during the day instead.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you! Our birdwatching tours are during the day. We tried to find you but perhaps it would be necessary to clarify an important aspect, you arrived 45 minutes late. I am sorry for the inconvenience. Pura vida
Nashvillian’s take on Costa Rica
Kimberly_L, Mar 2024
Johnny was a great guide. We had a private tour where we saw frogs, tarantula, viper and a sloth. I loved Johnny’s energy and enthusiasm for nature.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
thank you!
Finally saw a billes toucan!
Mairah_F, Feb 2024
Very safe and exciting! Saw a sleeping billed toucan, plenty of snakes, frogs, porcupine! Overall, a great experiance!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you!
Unique and fun experience!!
Jacob_C, Feb 2024
The night walk was really cool! Unique experience getting to see nocturnal animals and insects and our tour guide Deiver was excellent!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Gracias Pura vida!
Awesome! Book it now!
JanFrancine_P, Feb 2024
The kind of nightlife that i would want to do a lot more! We had Rafael as our tour guide. We were amazed by his skill with finding all the animals and scouting them all before he showed us around. Communication with Johnny was good for arranging pick up and drop off.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thak you!
Johnny was knowledgeable and personable.
Ronni_B, Feb 2024
Loved seeing the sloth climbing a tree and eating leaves. The army ants were fascinating! It was fun to see the snakes, owl, and other nocturnal animals
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Great tour showing diverse wildlife
Hannah_K, Jan 2024
The guide was extremely informative and knowledgeable about the animals and their habitats. More so, he was interesting, sociable, and considerate of our group. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in seeing active wildlife at night.
Nice Refugio, very loud for a night walk
Marius_H, Dec 2023
For a night walk, the tour was extremely loud, with the guide almost shouting some of the time. I'm not sure many nocturnal mammals would hang around when they can hear that coming. The guide, Jonny, was a great guy, very happy and engaging but the shear volume detracted from the tour. We did seem some lovely frogs, snakes and a couple of sleeping birds (toucan and hummingbird). It is worth noting that this is not in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, it is in the Refugio by Santa Elena. It's definitely a big enough area for a night walk though.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
gracias pura vida
The jungle came alive...
The jungle came alive under the moon's soft glow, revealing an emerald snake, a sloth clinging to a branch like a living moss sculpture, and birds flitting through the shadows like whispered secrets.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Pura Vida!
A lot to see at night!
Nicolas_S, Dec 2023
Our guide Mario was really good and had a lot of stories to tell. Very interesting and highly recommand!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you! pura vida
Do yourself a favor and book this tour!
Daniel_L, Dec 2023
This was hands down the best tour we have been on in Costa Rica. We saw so much wildlife (two-toed sloth, toucan, armadillo, kinkaju, red eyed frog, tree insects, snakes, spiders...) and Johnny's commentary was excellent. He really knows his stuff and loves nature (I loved how respectful he was of the wildlife). If you are doing only one tour in Monteverde, do this one, you won't regret it!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Grsaiscis por su visita
Monteverde night walk
RaymondJohn_M, Nov 2023
Johnny our guide is passionate about his country and the smallest of things including frogs and insects as well as larger mammals. The weather didn’t help on the night of our tour but his passion and detail provided of the creatures and plant life were exceptional
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Pura Vida Ray Thank you!
Excellent Night Tour!!
Lewis_S, Nov 2023
Thank you Johnny! Julia and I had a great time on your walking tour. We saw many animals including but not limited to a sloth, sleeping toucan, frogs, and snakes. He is very knowledgeable and has a lot of experience working as a guide in the reserve. You can tell Johnny has a genuine passion for nature. Cool guy and easy to get a long with. Would recommend!!!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Jungle at Night
Sofia_C, Nov 2023
We had a great experience on our night tour. The jungle at night is a sight to see and our guide was able to point out all kinds of things that we would never be able to see on our own (Olingo, Glass Frog tadpoles, Snake, sleeping Toucan, frogs) I would definitely do this tour again
Response from Host, Nov 2023
thank you
Great expierence!
Raphael_S, Nov 2023
Jonny makes the difference. He is truly motivated to find more and more animals. We had a great night walk sawing tucans, snakes, frogs, hummingbirds and many more. Its absolutely worth the money! Best guide i got so far! Greetings from the germans @jonny :)
Would recommend
Ella_C, Oct 2023
Jonny was an excellent guide. Very experienced and amazing at spotting wildlife even in the dark! We definitely got a full experience seeing sloths, vipers, frogs, toucan. Prompt pick up and easy communication.

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