Monteverde is a name of a cloud forest and of a small town on its outskirts. There is also another small town located close to it called Santa Elena. There are hotels scattered in towns and between towns. We felt safe walking, even though we didn't speak Spanish. Most locals have at least some English. Monteverde the cloud forest is very interesting, make sure to get a guide as you will see many more creatures and understand a lot more. We spent 3 days here and did a walking tour, ziplining, and coffee plantation tour - all excellent. Highly recommend getting a driver here. Most roads are narrow and unpaved in this mountainous region.
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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Excellent trip on the sky tram and zip lines. Hotel Tropico was outstanding. Lovely room, shower, view, the people who worked here were lovely. Really enjoyed the Tropico.
We loved Monteverde. The food was excellent everywhere we went. Everything was in walking distance of our lovely hotel. And the views of the countryside were amazing. So was the rainforest. We plan to come back!
It was raining in Moteverde when we got there but it's understandable because it's a freaking rain forest. We enjoy Monteverde even though it's raining.
Monteverde is a wonderful spot to spend a few days. We only spent 1 and wished we spent another 1 at least. The rugged terrain is fun to view and hike (for awhile). The town is small but very friendly. The nature viewing here is unique because you see creatures that reside fairly high in altitude, compared to other locations.
Could have spent more time here! Loved every minute :)
Monteverde is a mountainous region with lots of activities for the tourists as well as nature lovers. We spent 2 days in Monteverde and still felt we could have stayed there little longer. People of Monteverde are very simple and they indeed practice what they say, "Pura Vida." If I would go back to Costa Rica again then this is one place I will visit next again.
Stayed at the Montana hotel & the front desk was very helpful in making a change to our reservations. While on Monteverde we went horseback riding at sunset (amazing) & the next day zip lining. We added the long walking tour of the hanging bridges which was beautiful. All are true highlights of our vacation.
on time pick up, nice boat ride across the lake and the driver was waiting for us on the other side
It's a cloud forest, so expect it to be cloudy and rainy. This place is a paradise for bird watchers and people that love interesting flora and fana. But if you are looking for a relaxing time on the beach with sand and sun, you don't want to go here. For those looking for long hikes in a unique forest, this is the place for you! Provided you don't mind mist and rain.
Lovely place. The cloud forest is really beautiful to see.
LOVED THIS! The guides were funny, helpful, & really great people. The ziplines were super fun, the Hummingbird garden was awesome, the butterfly tour was really informative & the swinging bridges were beautiful. Understand the the hummingbird garden is just several feeders like you have at home. What made it awesome was you can stand by a feeder & see more hummingbirds than you have ever seen before. & if you stand really still, they will land on you. LOVED it! Also, the roads to get to Monteverde are everything you have been warned about. They are terrible. But you do see beautiful country & it is an adventure! Monteverde is worth the bad roads. We would definitely come back if we are ever in Costa Rica again.
Quiet place with good food and great views.
Beautify place, relaxing and quiet.
The tour guide was perfect, informative, very good. The zip line was great and the hotel bungalow (Tropico) was absolutely perfect.
Thank you for the hospitality and professionalism of your drivers Minor and Freddy.
LOVE The Skytrek! Very safe! Beautiful! Lots of fun!
It's an amazing place to visit and all the tours we booked made it that much more special... all of our tour guides were very friendly and knowledgeable, it is chilly so bring a sweater... I can't wait to plan my next trip here
We loved Monteverde and La Fortuna