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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica and explore the National Park & Reserves!

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Lush green mountains and magical trees make out this magical forest, that is pretty much the way it was hundreds of years ago, yet the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the top destination of Costa Rica.


Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde Costa Rica - Enjoy The Rainforest

Monteverde is one of the best destinations of Costa Rica to experience a rainforest. It is also one of the best places to see the splendid Quetzal,the beautifully colorful bird that is so hard to see. In 1951, Quakers settled in Monteverde where they established a dairy farm. As a result, today Monteverde Cheese is one of the best of Costa Rica. Conservationists are doing their best to protect the 25,000 acres of this fantastic area. In fact, Monteverde Costa Rica has 2000 species of plants, 100 species of mammals and 400 species of birds.

Activities In And Around Monteverde

There are some amazing Monteverde Tours. The Canopy Tours offers incredible views over the canopy of the Cloud Forest. Indeed, you fee as though you are swinging through the trees! The canopy tour is zip line a few hundreds of feet in the air. There is also an infinite number of hikes for those afraid of heights. An option for those who wish to see things from above aren't sure about the zip lines, there are the sky walks. The sky walks are on suspension bridges built a few hundred feet above the ground, perfect for bird and monkey watching. There's also a tour of the forest by horse. On horse, you can cross rivers and see awesome waterfalls! Another tour is the Dairy Farm tour, La Lecheria. Here you can learn about the cheese making procedures, and buy cheese and ice cream.

Where To Stay In Monteverde

It may be in the middle of the cloud forest, but Monteverde has many very nice and comfortable hotels to choose from. Of all the Hotels of Monteverde, the El Establo Lodge Monteverde is one the best. Luxurious hospitality, world class service and excellent amenities/facilities in the middle of a cloud forest is definitely worth the trip! Other notable accommodations are the Trapp Family Hotel or Hotel Poco a Poco, and the Hotel Fonda Vela. These forest lodges are as comfortable as they are stylish with top notch service. There are also quite a number of restaurants in Monteverde. Restaurante Lucia is at the top of our list, with its sophisticated gourmet cuisine, followed by El Bosque and Johnny’s Pizza. Morpho’s café is one of Monteverde’s well-kept secret, excellent for travelers on a lower budget.

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Monteverde is truly a gem of Costa Rica and one of its main attractions! If you are lucky enough to come face to face with the mythical quetzal you will certainly feel blessed! This was the sacred bird of the Mayan, Tolbec and Aztec kings. It is so incredibly beautiful and rare that at first it was believed to be only a legend! Indeed Monteverde seems to be the setting of some enchanted dream. As you walk through the trails, if you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of nature whispering to you. You will see tapirs, agoutis, blue morpho butterflies, myriads of birds and tree frogs. 

 

Monteverde Costa Rica and the Korean War Draft

In 1948, The United States of America called on young men to serve their country in a war 7000 miles away for a battle on the Korean Peninsula. Four of these young men, farmers from Fairhope Alabama, declined to participate due to their moral and religious principles. They were members of the Religious Society of Friends. They were Quakers that refused to support a massive and worldwide military endeavor.

On April 19th 1951, these four men were released from jail. They decided to journey with their loved ones and other pacifist families and established themselves on a patch of green cloud forests.  They made their home in Monteverde, alongside welcoming, hardworking, and peace loving Costa Ricans. 

Monteverde’s Zip Lines are Costa Rica’s Best

Monteverde Costa Rica - canopyMonteverde Costa Rica is most well-known for its Canopy Zip Lining. This is because its cloud forests are by far the best place in the country to partake in such fun activity. There are too many zip lining tour operators in Monteverde to name them all, but there are options for every adrenaline junkies’ taste.

Zip lining in Monteverde can come with optional bungee cords, fig tree rappelling, Tarzan swings and cables that can be one kilometer long! The various canopy companies in Monteverde offer it all! However, one of the most established companies isSelvatura Park. Selvatura boasts 15 zip line cables circling the cloud forest. There’s something about flying high over the green cloud forest jungles that sets the Selvatura zip line experience above the rest.

 

Monteverde Costa RicaAnother excellent Selvatura activity is taking a stroll along their 8 canopy suspension walking bridges reaching 180 feet. Their three kilometer jungle trail with canopy walkways offers relaxing nature exploration. They also have an impressive open air humming bird garden, a butterfly farm, an herpetarium and the world’s third largest insect museum.

Selvatura Park Activities

  • Zip Lines
  • Canopy Bridges
  • Hummingbird Garden
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Herpetarium
  • Insect Museum

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Monteverde Costa Rica is for Sustainability Devotees

The three main reserves that protect the sustainability of the cloud forest covered mountains in this part of Costa Rica are the Monteverde Reserve, the Santa Elena Reserve and the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. A quarter of a million tourists from all over the world come here to explore these highlands.

There’s an interesting fact about Monteverde’s impressive biodiversity. There’s a total of 755 tree species there, which means, that one square mile in Monteverde can have more species of trees than the entire Unites States of America. Monteverde’s trees are home to this planet’s greatest orchid diversity, with more than five hundred species of orchids in the area.

Bird watchers from all over the world flock to Monteverde in hopes of witnessing a Resplendent Quetzal, a Three Wattle Bell Bird, a Mot Mot or many other of the 400 known bird species that live in Monteverde or periodically pay a visit.

Monteverde Costa Rica birdsMore Monteverde Tours than you can Shake a Stick Insect At

As mentioned before, zip lines and canopy bridges are huge in Monteverde, but there are many more Monteverde tours and activites for all ages. Horseback riding is very special here with green mountain fields and incredible views of the Pacific ocean, the clouds, and the sunset. Other favorite tours include night walks, serpentariums, scenic ATV’s, a Cloud Forest Train, and cultural tours.

Activities and Tours in Monteverde

  • World Class Zip Lines
  • Canopy Bridges
  • Bird Watching
  • Cloudforest Walks
  • Coffee and Chocolate Tours
  • Night Walks
  • Cloudforest Train
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic ATV’s
  • Ranariums
  • Serpentariums
  • Sustainability

 

Costa Rica’s Finest Food is in MonteverdeMonteverde Costa Rica treehouse

The Monteverde culinary experience should also be taken into account as one of Monteverde’s highlights. Costa Rica’s local ingredients are specially blended into mouthwatering food delights in places like the Tree House Restaurant or Trio Restaurant, just to name two around the town square. The local ice cream is another item every visitor should indulge in when visiting Monteverde. And yes, don’t leave without trying fresh Monteverde cheese.

From: $200 - $300

Hotel Belmar Bedroom

Hotel Belmar in Monteverde, Costa Rica

The Hotel Belmar Costa Rica is a peaceful oasis retreat in the mystical mountains of Monteverde. With sweeping Nicoya Coast views below, you are immersed in natural beauty in an intimate, private aerie in the clouds. Breathe, rejuvenate and restore your mind, body and spirit at the Hotel Belmar Monteverde.

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From: $125 - $200

Hotel El Establo Suite

Hotel El Establo

Situated in the heart of the Monteverde, this upscale mountain lodge features 155 tasteful and spacious rooms, 2 restaurants including a gourmet wine and steakhouse, a heated and sheltered outdoor pool, and complimentary transport service around its lush grounds. The property is situated on a private 150-acre farm, a verdant oasis right next to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Enjoy the views of the mountains and the Gulf of Nicoya from the hotel’s hiking trails and lake. Breakfast included.

Type Family Friendly Luxury

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From: $125 - $200

Hotel Ficus Monteverde Gardens

Hotel Ficus in Monteverde Costa Rica

The Hotel Ficus in Monteverde Costa Rica is a pleasant modern hotel that has incredible views of the town of Santa Elena and the surrounding mountains.

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From: Under $125

Trapp Family Lodge Suite

Trapp Family Lodge Costa Rica

The Trapp Family Hotel is a great choice for an unforgettable vacation in the lush green mountains of Monteverde, and is the closest hotel to the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Surrounded by a paradise of flora and fauna, you will be able to enjoy Monteverde´s incomparable beauty in spacious rooms with two queen size beds, private bathroom, hair dryer, telephone, and great views of the cloud forest. Breakfast is included.

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From: Under $125

Poco a Poco Hotel Bedroom

Poco a Poco Hotel

Poco a Poco has 30 modern, comfortable rooms and suites. It is ideally located for exploring the extraordinary natural wonders of the Monteverde cloud forest. They are committed to delivering the highest standard of hospitality and personalized service while remaining proactive in environmental conservation and social/cultural contributions.

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From: Under $125

Hotel Fonda Vela Two Bed Bedroom

Hotel Fonda Vela

Offering 22 deluxe rooms and 16 junior suites, the Hotel Fonda Vela is famous for its resplendent quetzals, three-wattled bellbird, abundance of riotous orchids, and mysterious cloud forest. The restaurant spans four locations within the resort depending on your fancy, including a cozy fireside for a romantic interlude. The heated rooftop pool offers amazing views, and there is an on-site trail through the cloud forest.

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From: Under $125

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Claro de Luna Costa Rica

Santa Elena, Monteverde, Claro de Luna Hotel is in a town named Santa Elena engulfed by cloud forests and wild life high on a green mountain range called Monteverde.

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From: Under $125

Hotel Montana Monteverde Bed

Hotel Montana Monteverde

Breath in the splendor of the Rainforest that surrounds you. Slowly and serenely your mind body and spirit will relax into paradise.

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From: Under $125

Hotel Heliconia Bedroom

Hotel Heliconia Monteverde

Coast below you and the majestic clouds of Monteverde above you. You can only feel your lapping in leisure between Heaven and Earth. Wildlife, hundreds of exotic plants and plenty of rainforest adventure are here for you.

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From: Under $125

Monteverde Country Lodge Two Bed Bedroom

Monteverde Country Lodge

Located high in the mountains of Monteverde, Costa Rica,the Monteverde Country Lodge combines beauty with rustic ambience, with 59 cozy rooms. The lodge is down to Earth yet high in the clouds careful and features modern amenities for your comfort.

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From: Under $125

Cabanas Los Pinos Bedroom

Cabanas Los Pinos Costa Rica

Rest assure you will feel the splendor of tropical air above you and the nourishing properties of Mother Earth below you.

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From: $50 - $75

Sky Trek Monteverde

Sky Trek Monteverde

Sky Trek is combined with the Sky Tram to go up to the mountain’s highest point and then descend through a series of adventurous cables.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Adventurous

What to bring: Comfortable Clothing Jacket Hiking Shoes

What is included: Guide Snack Equipment

Type Adventure Nature Family Friendly

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From: Under $50

Monteverde Horseback in Costa Rica Guide

Forest & Farm Horseback Riding Costa Rica

Imagine yourself on the back of a horse, with the Monteverde Cloud Forest as your backdrop – definitely one of the most popular activities among the region’s visitors.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Adventurous

What to bring: Camera Binoculars Insect Repellent Comfortable Clothing Long Pants Raincoat Sneakers

What is included: Guide Transfer Equipment Entrance Fee

Type Adventure Nature Family Friendly

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From: Under $50

Trapiche Coffee Tour Costa Rica

El Trapiche Coffee Tour

After this Costa Rica cultural tour, you will start to appreciate life, nature and the joy different Costa Rican produce bring into your life.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Camera Raincoat Hiking Shoes

What is included: Guide Transfer Entrance Fee

Type Educational Cultural Relaxation Family Friendly

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From: $50 - $75

Monteverde Trainforest Tour

Monteverde Cloud Forest Train, Trainforest

Enjoy a tour by train inside the cloud forests of Monteverde and celebrate a bygone era of the golden age of rail travel. This is no ordinary train but a beautiful replica of a real steam train from a byegone era.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Camera Binoculars Sunscreen Insect Repellent Comfortable Clothing Raincoat Sneakers

What is included: Guide Drinks Snack Transfer

Type Relaxation Family Friendly Romance

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From: $50 - $75

Night Walk Tour

Ecological Night Walk

Enjoy a night hike and discover the wonders offered by the forest of Monteverde. Among the species that visitors can see during a night walk are: sleeping birds, tarantulas, spiders, crickets, lizards, frogs, porcupines, raccoons, olingos, snakes, insects, armadillos, raccoons, reptiles, hopefully can find a Sloth sleeping.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Camera Insect Repellent Comfortable Clothing Raincoat Hiking Shoes

What is included: Guide Transfer Entrance Fee

Type Adventure Educational Nature Family Friendly

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From: Under $50

Monteverde Sky Walk Bridge

Monteverde Sky Walk

The Sky Walk is a well-thought-out combination of suspension bridges and walking trails through the Monteverde rainforest.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Insect Repellent Comfortable Clothing Jacket Hiking Shoes

What is included: Guide Equipment

Type Educational Relaxation Nature Family Friendly

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From: $50 - $75

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Waterfall

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

The Monteverde Cloud Forest is such a unique and beautiful place, nature’s bounty and diversity will astound you with every step you take through the Reserve.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Camera Binoculars Sunscreen Insect Repellent Comfortable Clothing Raincoat Sneakers

What is included: Guide Drinks Transfer

Type Adventure Nature Family Friendly Romance

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From: $50 - $75

Santa Elena Reserve

Santa Elena Reserve Tour

The cloud forests of Monteverde provide a uniquely beautiful and lush landscape in a rich, rainbow palette: orchids, mosses, vines, ferns, fragrant flowers of every shape and size. As the clouds waft in, settling in the treetops, they feed the plants with vital nutrients and moisture. It’s a magical sight to behold!

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Camera Binoculars Sunscreen Insect Repellent Comfortable Clothing Raincoat Hiking Shoes

What is included: Guide Drinks Transfer

Type Adventure Relaxation Nature Family Friendly

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From: Under $50

Selvatura Canopy Tour Monteverde

Selvatura Canopy Tour Costa Rica

This canopy tour lets you explore the heights of the unique and spectacular Monteverde Cloud Forest, with breath-taking vistas and heart-stopping thrills, this is sure to be a highlight of your Costa Rica adventure.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Adventurous

What to bring: Comfortable Clothing

Type Adventure Nature Family Friendly

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From: Under $50

Don Juan Coffee Tour

Don Juan Coffee Tour

Located in the picturesque mountains of Monteverde, the Coffee Tour Don Juan is an entertaining way to learn about Costa Rica while spending a pleasant afternoon exploring the countryside.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Camera

What is included: Guide Snack Transfer

Type Adventure Educational Relaxation Family Friendly

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From: Under $50

Sugar Mill Costa Rica Tour

Sugar Mill Costa Rica Tour

This unforgettable experience will allow you to meet and share with a peasant family and learn from our culture. You will be able to learn about the process of the sugar cane until you get the sugar on your table. You will also see banana, coffee process and other plantations.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

Type Educational Cultural Relaxation Family Friendly

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From: Under $50

Bat Jungle Tour

Bat Jungle Tour

This fascinating exhibit is sure to thrill the whole family, particularly the budding naturalist in your group, as it gives you a window into the world of these unique Monteverde nocturnal creatures, you’d never otherwise be able to observe.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What is included: Guide

Type Educational Nature Family Friendly

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From: $50 - $75

Monteverde ATV Tour

Monteverde ATV Tour

Prepare to have fun and get muddy! Your experienced guides will get you set up with top-of-the-line gear and take you through a brief safety course and driving check and then off you go!

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Adventurous

What to bring: Camera Extra Clothes Long Pants Sneakers

Type Adventure

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From: Under $50

Monteverde Walk tour

Monteverde Selvatura Park

Among the stunning animal species, you would be able to spot howler monkeys, sloths, toucans and even the jaguar. The very rare resplendent quetzal lives here, as well.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Camera Sunscreen Insect Repellent Comfortable Clothing Hiking Shoes

What is included: Guide Drinks Transfer Equipment Entrance Fee

Type Nature Family Friendly

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Jeep Boat Jeep Arenal To Monteverde

Green Mountains a Blue Lake and a Huge Volcano for a Travel Day There’s a special way of traveling in Costa Rica between Volcan Arenal in La Fortuna and the cloud forests of Monteverde that will place you on a scenic winding rural road over land.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Waterproof Camera Binoculars Hiking Shoes

What is included: Guide Transfer

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