Monteverde

One of Costa Rica’s major eco-tourist destinations, nestled in the Cordillera of Tilarán mountain range, is the Monteverde Reserve. Called “the jewel in the crown of cloud forest reserves” by National Geographic, named by Newsweek magazine as the 14th of the 100 Places to Remember Before They Disappear, and chosen by popular vote as one of the Seven Wonders of Costa Rica, Monteverde has gained international recognition as one of the outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the Tropics.

 

General Info

 

The town of Monteverde was founded by a group of U.S. Quakers in the 1950’s, and the reserve now holds six different life zones spread out over 10,500 hectares of land. The Santa Elena and Monteverde Cloud Forest, at an altitude of 1,440 meters (4,662 ft), produce an incredible bio-diversity because of the climate and elevated terrain. The preserve has well-defined wet and dry seasons, though the upper levels have fog and rain throughout much of the year.

Located in the province of Puntarenas, it is approximately a 4-hour drive from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Access is by road only, as no airports are close to the Monteverde area.

Monteverde Costa Rica

The town has services and facilities, including public telephones, post office, banks, internet cafes, gas stations and medical facilities. There are many fine restaurants offering from traditional Costa Rican food, to seafood dishes to authentic Italian pizza.

 

Quetzal Monteverde Costa Rica

Eco Adventures

 

There is much to do in the most famous ecotourism-oriented community in Central America, so plan to spend at least a few days exploring the cloud forest, one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the New World Tropics. This is a true nature-lover’s paradise with at least 400 bird species, including the Resplendent Quetzal, over 100 mammal and 120 amphibian and reptile species, along with an estimated 2,500 plant species (including over 400 delicate orchids).


There is so much more diversity than the preserve, like the Children’s Eternal rain forest in nearby Santa Elena, the first international children’s rain forest in the world. A must-see for those with a penchant for the winged, colored jewels of the forest is the Monteverde Butterfly Garden, and the Hummingbird Gallery.

 

Things to do


1. Hanging bridges

A fantastic opportunity to view the cloud forest’s wildlife is from the hanging bridges. From there you can observe monkeys, slots and many birds.

2. Experience 100% Adrenaline!!

If you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping adventure, then you can’t miss the Canopy Tours, where you’ll have excellent breathtaking views of the Gulf of Nicoya and surrounding landscape. If you prefer experiencing the forest at a slower pace, the Aerial Tram Tour is the one for you.

3. Enjoy Wildlife

Bird and Wildlife watchers will have an amazing experience in Monteverde’s private reserve, which include the cloud forest, rain forest and pine forest. There is such diversity, but the most common animal sightings are the white-faced monkeys, three-toed slots, tree frogs and a myriad of insects. Among the bird species is the Resplendent Quetzal, one of the country’s most popular birds, which is usually and most easily spotted during its mating season in March and June.

4. Incredible activities

Take a glimpse into the fascinating process of Costa Rica’s world coffee by going on one of the Coffee Tours, or explore the trails on one of the many tours that are offered - ATV Tour, Canopy, Hiking or Horseback Riding. Or you can visit one of the museums and exhibits (serpentarium, insect exhibits, and butterfly gardens) are among the many activities you can enjoy.

 

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