One of my favorite spots to go hiking in Monteverde is Bajo del Tigre, the only section of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest that is open to walk-in visitors. Kara especially likes going to Bajo del Tigre because her friend lives next door, literally, to the trailhead, so she has often joined us for hikes.
The information center at the trailhead has a cute gazebo where you can enjoy your home-made snacks or drinks. There is also a tiny but educational children’s museum and a look-out bridge.
We have had neat wildlife viewings at Bajo, including agouti, coatimundi, mot-mot birds, and lots of insects. Wear closed-toed shoes whenever you go out in the rainforest. The ants and bugs show no mercy!
The kids love hiking at Bajo del Tigre because the trails are not as steep as those in Monteverde Biological Reserve. The lower location and relatively (!) flatter trails also mean that you don’t get the vistas you will at the Reserve, but I think it is a fair trade for the price and easier hike.
A short video of the view from the look-out point:
Expat Tip: If you live in Monteverde/Santa Elena, make sure you tell the staff at the information center at Bajo del Tigre that you are a local. You will get in for free if all you want is an unguided, day-time hike.
Travel Tip: After hiking at Bajo del Tigre, there are many restaurants nearby where you can enjoy a much needed post-hike meal. My favorite is Cabure Restaurant which also has a delicious chocolate shop. Chris prefers Tramonti Pizzeria. They are both wonderful and it takes about 5 minutes to walk to either restaurant from the Bajo del Tigre Information Center.