Monteverde

Monteverde is set atop the spine of Costa Rica’s continental divide and is a place of cloud forests, coffee plantations, mist, and friendly locals. Here we find the town of Santa Elena, filled with quaint artisan shops, and tasty restaurants and the biodiversity of the Cloud Forest. Found over 4 600 feet above sea level, Monteverde receives a steady supply of clouds and the life-giving moisture that they contain. This moisture, often in the form of fog, catches on the branches of the tallest trees and drips down to the other organisms below. This supports a complex and far-reaching ecosystem, including over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, tens of thousands of insect species, and over 2,500 varieties of plants, 420 of which are orchids alone. Ahhhhh… The Cloud Forest at Monteverde, a unique experience for your soul… Zip Lining/Canopy Tour: This is perhaps one of the most exciting activities you will encounter while you are in Costa Rica! Imagine yourself gliding from tree to tree in a secure harness attached to cables that stretch up to 3000 feet in length. Flying like a bird above the trees in the cloud forest on this breathtaking canopy tour is an absolute MUST DO experience for you! Hanging Bridges: Hiking along the amazing combination of trails and suspension bridges gives you the opportunity to stop and literally inhale one of the most amazing views of the Cloud Forest! From this vantage point high above the treetops, you will capture some of the greatest photos. Strolling along these bridges is the best way to enjoy this beautiful place and the perfect activity to combine with the Canopy Tour! Monteverde Cloud Forest Private Preserve: The world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is the perfect place to enjoy a natural history hike/walk. In this stunning forest composed of giant tree ferns, and many species of epiphyte plants you have the chance of spotting the beautiful Resplendent Quetzal, one of Costa Rica’s best known birds, during it’s mating season. These are some of the reasons to visit this magical place. Monteverde’s Night Walk: Experience the Cloud Forest like never before in a two-hour night walk. In this quiet and unique atmosphere watch for nocturnal mammals doing their night hunting, many species of insects being active at night or locate different birds as they sleep on their perches. Jim’s Butterfly & Insect Collection: This is a real learning experience as you visit the largest living insect collection in Costa Rica. You will learn about butterflies from three different ecosystems and some of the most mimetic insects of the Cloud Forest.