Monteverde

Central Highlands

Cool, misty cloudforest and deep green foliage is what has made Monteverde an absolute hot spot for eco tourism in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica. This zone is home to a string of volcanoes, both active and dormant, beautiful national parks and diverse weather.

A long winding dirt road off of the Pan American Highway leads to the lush mountaintop paradise of Monteverde, which is nestled between two primary cloud forest reserves. The town was founded in the 1950’s by a few Quaker families that were looking to leave the U.S. and its war behind. The absence of a military made Costa Rica the perfect fit. They settled in the area now called Monteverde and established dairy farms which would eventually supply the Monteverde Cheese Factory. Shortly after their arrival they established the wildlife sanctuary of Monteverde.

Once you’ve reached the mountaintop you’ll first come upon the quaint town of Santa Elena. Here you’ll find gift stores, accommodations, a bus stop, restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, banks and much more. Though Monteverde does not have a town center, it is comprised of a dirt road that leads to the Cloud Forest Reserve. Spread out along the walkable road are hotels, cafes, restaurants, galleries, and excellent views.

The spectacular Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve attracts scientists, bird watchers, and wildlife lovers from all parts of the world. Inside the reserve you can explore the virgin forests and multi-century old strangler fig trees on your way to a viewpoint which sits on the continental divide. On a clear day you can see both the Caribbean and the Pacific coasts. The reserve is also one of the few remaining homes of the endangered resplendent Quetzal; the opportunity to see this exotic bird is worth the trip alone.

On the other side of town you'll find the slightly smaller, and higher, Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve which has views of the Arenal Volcano. Other popular activities in the area include the canopy tours, visits to the butterfly garden, the suspension bridges tour, horseback riding, a visit to the cheese factory and the hummingbird galleries found at the entrances to both reserves.

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Sky Tram, Trek and Sky Walk

5-in-1 combo|5hrs

Monteverde

4.8 / 5.0
Starting At$94
Sky Tram, Trek and Sky Walk

This is the ultimate combo tour for experiencing the cloud forest. Walk along suspension bridges with an expert guide, ride a silent tram up through the canopy, and...

4.8 / 5.0
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Don Juan Coffee Tour, Chocolate and Sugar Cane

2-in-1 combo|2hrs

Monteverde

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$35
Don Juan Coffee Tour, Chocolate and Sugar Cane

It’s no secret that Costa Rica is famous for coffee. On this tour, you’ll be exposed to the wonderful world of coffee, including its history, tradition and...

4.7 / 5.0
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Guided Tour Curi-Cancha Reserve

2-in-1 combo|3hrs

Monteverde

4.6 / 5.0
Starting At$60
Guided Tour Curi-Cancha Reserve

Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Curi-Cancha Reserve. Led by a naturalist guide, you’ll explore the reserve’s trails and search for birds, mammals, insects and...

4.6 / 5.0
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Guided Tour Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

2-in-1 combo|3hrs

Monteverde

4.5 / 5.0
Starting At$60
Guided Tour Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Explore the enchanted Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with a set of expert eyes on a guided hike. You will explore several trails in search of birds and mammals and...

4.5 / 5.0
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Hidden Valley Night Tour

3-in-1 combo|2hrs

Monteverde

4.2 / 5.0
Starting At$25
Hidden Valley Night Tour

Hidden Valley is a small nature reserve in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Touring the reserve at night gives travelers the opportunity to spot an array of impressive...

4.2 / 5.0
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Selvatura Canopy Tour

Zip Lines|2hrs

Monteverde

4.8 / 5.0
Starting At$50
Selvatura Canopy Tour

Selvatura is a outstanding canopy tour, has one of the longest cables in Costa Rica and is the only one truly immersed in virgin forest. The tour is made up of 15...

4.8 / 5.0
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Sky Tram and Sky Walk Monteverde

3-in-1 combo|3hrs

Monteverde

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$64
Sky Tram and Sky Walk Monteverde

Get above Monteverde’s cloud forest to see the busiest part of this environment – the canopy. 90 percent of the plants and animals in the Monteverde cloud forest...

4.7 / 5.0
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Sky Tram and Sky Trek Monteverde

3-in-1 combo|2hrs

Monteverde

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$77
Sky Tram and Sky Trek Monteverde

The Sky Trek Canopy Tour in Monteverde is located 6 km from the town of Santa Elena and about 3km from the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Flying across the misty...

4.7 / 5.0
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Natural History Walk at Selvatura Park

4-in-1 combo|4hrs

Monteverde

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$60
Natural History Walk at Selvatura Park

As a complement to the Treetop Walkways (suspension bridges), you can opt for a Natural History Walk. This walk provides visitors with a broader and more thorough...

4.7 / 5.0
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Costa Rica Hummingbird Garden

Bird Watching|30mins

Monteverde

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$5
Costa Rica Hummingbird Garden

Finally, a visit to the Selvatura Hummingbird Garden is not to be missed. Here visitors can observe up to 14 species of the tiny, lively colored birds as they amaze...

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Selvatura Experience

6-in-1 combo|8hrs

Monteverde

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$146
Selvatura Experience

The Selvatura Experience is a full day tour that will allow you to enjoy all of the attractions and exhibits that the Selvatura Adventure Park offers. The all day...

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Monteverde Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding|2hrs

Monteverde

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$47
Monteverde Horseback Riding

A horseback riding tour is a wonderful way to experience Monteverde's green, mountainous countryside. Until recently, horseback riding was the most common form of...

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Hotel Montana Monteverde

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Valle Campanas Cabins

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