The Cloudbridge Nature Reserve spans 700-acres purchased in 2002 by Ian and Genevieve (Jenny) Giddy. The reserve has easy to moderate walking trails including almost 20 km (12 mi) of river and ridge trails bordering Chirripó National Park. It’s a pleasant alternative for hikers who aren’t up to the challenge of Mt Chirripó. Cloudbridge Nature Reserve borders the primary forest of Chirripo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The cloud forest has tremendous animal diversity. Hummingbirds are easily attracted. Birdwatchers may observe numerous species of brightly-colored birds. Perhaps even sighting the reclusive Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocino) or listening for the liquid song of the jilguero or Mountain Robin (Turdus plebejus ). Some birds can easily be photographed. For instance, the Collared Redstart (Myioborus torquatus), or “friend of man”, is not shy. It may fly right towards one’s camera. Mammals are not easily seen, but the park shelters jaguars, peccaries (wild pigs), tapirs, spider monkeys, squirrels, tayras, and many other species. Reptile lovers can find many lizards that are endemic to the highlands, such as the spiny lizard found mostly in the paramo. Snakes, such as the parrot mountain snake, also inhabit the cloud forest, but in general, snakes are rarely seen. Insect life is abundant at lower elevations, but diminishes the higher one goes.
The flora in Chirripo National Park is one of the most complex and diverse of Costa Rica. The park owes its diversity to its wide altitude range, rising from 1500 m to 3819 m above sea level and to the unique microclimates of the Pacific and Caribbean Slopes.
Several large waterfalls including the easily accessible Pacifica Falls are found throughout Cloudbridge Nature Reserve.
Cloudbridge Nature Reserve encourages visits from researchers, volunteers and schools. Donations are also welcomed.