Monteverde is a small town but it has many activities to do, you can see them listed and detailed here. But in Monteverde there are two main adventure parks: Selvatura and Sky Adventures. Both are great and have a lot to offer but you probably only need to visit one. In this article I am going to try and break down the difference between the two.
where is Selvatura and Sky Adventure located?
First off, Selvatura and Sky Adventures are located on the same road in Monteverde. Sky Adventures is a bit closer and will take about 10 minutes from the center of Santa Elena. Selvatura is about 3 km past Sky Adventures. The road to both of them is mostly dirt but it is paved on steeper parts. I had no problem driving there with my rental car. Just a reminder that I did not rent a 4x4 but I recommend that you do. Learn from my mistakes.
More on driving in Costa Rica here.
And what driving up to Monteverde is like here.
Nowadays zip lining is everywhere but did you know Monteverde was where zip lining began back in the 1990s!!
Zip Line at Selvatura
- Adults $50 Students $45 Kids $35
- 3 hours tour
- 15 cables
- Optional Tarzan Swing (Extra $10)
Zip Line at Sky Adventures (called Sky Trek)
- Adults $81 Students $67 Kids $56
- 2 hour tour
- 8 cables
- Longest: 2460 ft Highest: 328 ft
Hanging bridges in Monteverde are one of the most peaceful ways to explore the cloud forest and spot nature.
Hanging Bridges at Selvatura
- Adult $30 Students $25 Kids $20
- 8 Bridges
- Guided tours or self guided entry
- Trail Length: 2 KM
Hanging Brides at Sky Adventures (called Sky Walk)
- Adults $39 Students $32 Kids $27
- 6 bridges total
- Trail Length: 1.5 Miles
- Guided Tours or self guided entry
- Night tour option available
- Hummingbird Garden $5
- Butterfly Garden $15
- Insect Exhibit $15
- Reptile, Frogs and Serpents Exhibit $15
- Reptile and amphibian exhibit
Adults $15 Kids $10
Night Walk Tours
Sky Adventures offers a night tour Selvatura does not
Other tours through Sky Adventure
In addition to Sky Trek (zip lining), Sky Walk (hanging bridges) and their animal exhibit Sky Adventures also offers a ton more tours including...
Sky Tram - a gondola ride up the mountain with amazing views | Adults: $46
Sky Limit - a high performance circuit that combines a high ropes course, zip lines, canyoning, rappel, Tarzan swing, bridges and many challenging activities in the heart of the rainforest. Includes a ride on the Sky Tram. | Adults $81
Arboreal - Tree climbing | Adults $40
Fly Board - a device which you will attach to your feet and works with water propulsion provided from a sports watercraft to elevate you above water | Adults $91
Sky Adventures also offers a variety of packages to mix and match their activities at a discounted price.
Other tours through Selvatura
Selvatura does not offer any other tours beyong zip lining, hanging bridges, and animal exhibits. They do offer packages to mix and match their activities at a discounted price.
When I was in Monteverde I visited Selvatura all day due to their cheaper prices. It is a bit further of a drive but I definitely think it is worth it to save a little money.