Monteverde sits between two cloud forests, skirted by the picturesque village of Santa Elena. This pretty little highland town offers breathtaking views of the surrounding cloud forests, something that even seasoned travelers cannot get enough of. The biodiverse Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve packed with hiking trails among tropical plant life, jaguars and exotic quetzals is definitely worth exploring. Monteverde is also known for its organic farming and alternative energy sourcing. If you want to leave your comfort zone behind, and find a place that teaches self-reliance, all etched out against a backdrop of raw natural beauty, Monteverde is the place for you. Experience a world so different from your own that it may just end up redefining your idea of travel.

Themes

  • Landscape
  • Wildlife

Highlights

  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Rich Biodiversity
  • Hiking Trails

Places to Stay

Hidden Canopy Treehouse

Style: Boutique

Hidden Canopy Treehouse Boutique Hotel, is a classy lodge bordering the wildlife corridor of the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

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Hotel Belmar

Style: Lodge

Hotel Belmar, set next to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, is perched on top of a forested mountain. Stay in comfortable rooms with a king size or two queen size beds.

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Poco a Poco

Style: Boutique

Poco a Poco Hotel & Spa in Monteverde is tucked into the Costa Rican highlands, with the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve just 15 minutes away.

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Activities in Monteverde

Spectacular Hanging Bridges Tour at Selvatura Park

Enjoy an adventurous tour over the dense cloud forests at the Selvatura Park. Imagine walking over an emerald paradise inhabited by exotic birds and flamboyant treetop creatures. Take a tour of the famous hanging bridges of Selvatura Park in the company of your local guide. As you walk through the forest at a treetop level, look out for rainbow hued hummingbirds, feathery butterflies, tree frogs and chameleons. The two-mile long trail is fitted with multiple hanging bridges that crisscross the thick tropical jungles spread out beneath you. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 2 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable boots, insect repellent and sunscreen; Note: Bilingual English & Spanish guide will accompany you)

Mocha Tour of Don Juan Coffee Plantation

Experience a perfect day trip laced with coffee at the Don Juan coffee plantation near Monteverde. Discover the historic journey of the humble coffee bean from Africa to the highland plantations of Costa Rica on this fascinating plantation tour. Learn the secrets behind every perfect mug of fresh brewed espresso or latte, as your guide takes you through the entire process. Walk over to the beautiful hacienda of this traditional coffee estate, where a scrumptious spread of coffee and snacks awaits you. What’s more, you could also browse the estate’s wide range of freshly roasted beans to figure out which flavor you love best! (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 2.5 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Coffee & snacks; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable boots, insect repellent and sunscreen; Note: A bilingual guide will accompany you).

Natural History Walk at Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Make the most of a nature walk on this day excursion to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Admire the vast acres of wild and beautiful landscape all around you, dotted with strangler fig plants and the occasional tumbling stream, rapid or pool. The forest is home to multiple bio zones that are home to exotic orchids, ferns, bromeliads, climbing vines and velvety carpets of moss. Look out for tapirs, lacy butterflies and flocks of unusual birds like bellbirds and umbrella birds. If you’re lucky enough, you may even spot an ocelot, jaguar, or the elusive quetzal! (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable boots, insect repellent and sunscreen; Note: A bilingual guide will accompany you).

Sky Tram Ride and Trek Over Monteverde’s Cloud Forests

If you’ve ever dreamt of flying over rolling highlands dense with tropical cloud forests, here’s your chance to take wings! Enjoy the adrenaline rush of taking a sky tram ride, followed by a sky trek high over the treetops of the biodiverse jungles below you. An experience much like riding in an open air gondola, watch out for the region’s singular plant and animal life that thrive above the canopy. Stop at a wide observation platform perched on the highest point of the reserve for panoramic views and spectacular photo ops. As you return over the thick forest covered mountains, get ready for a yet another ride of your life. The sky trek at the Monteverde Forest Reserve uses zip lines hung from mountain tops. Ride past cloud forest canopies, zipping between craggy canyons, and flying over treetops with tropical birds for company. Stop by multiple observation towers along the way to take in the grand views and more photo ops. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable boots, insect repellent and sunscreen; Note: A bilingual guide will accompany you).

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