Shrouded in clouds, the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is famous for being one of the wildlife sanctuaries highlights of the New World Tropics.
A distinctive mountain rainforest where the humidity is usually 100%, Monteverde is home to more than 3000 species of animals and plants. Home to two magical cloud forest reserves bursting with mist and shades of green, Monteverde (meaning Green Mountain in Spanish) is one of Costa Rica’s most unique and peaceful destinations, located over 4,500 feet above sea level.
Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
The reserve spreads out over 10,500 hectares of land that hold six different life zones. The climate and terrain of the preserve produce an incredible bio-diversity.
There are at least 400 bird species in this high elevation rain forest, including the Resplendent Quetzal, ancient holy bird of the Mayans, over 100 species of mammals, 120 species of amphibians and reptiles and an estimated 2,500 species of plants making Monteverde a true “nature lover’s paradise”. 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.
Monteverde is a magical spot where you can experience the beauty of a Cloud Forest as well as the exciting zip line and sky trek tours.
Activities in the area
The most enjoyable experience
Trails in the bases of the Arenal Volcano
In tropical, rain and cloud forests.
Costa Rica world’s famous coffee
Ride through singular views
Nature, rain and quiet times
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Feels like walking in a grandiose green Cathedral. Wind-sculptured elfin woodlands on the exposed ridges are spectacularly dwarfed.
Original Canopy Tour
The Original Canopy Tour Costa Rica at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge was the first canopy tour in existence in the world.
Sky Trek, Sky Tram and Sky Walk
Trails, suspension bridges, a system of zip lines ranging from mountain to mountain and a high technology cableway.