Monteverde

Visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica and explore the National Park & Reserves!

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Visiting Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is a small town in the mountain ranges of Costa Rica and a major destination for ecotourism in the country. About 3 hours from San Jose, it is one of our top recommended destinations in Costa Rica. Monteverde is the best place to experience a cloud forest. Cloud forests were given their name because you will see a thin veil of clouds just below the canopy. The clouds eventually dissipate into water on the leaves and drip down, watering the plants below. It is breathtaking to see from above.

The three main reserves that protect the sustainability of the cloud forest covered mountains in this part of Costa Rica are the Monteverde Reserve, the Santa Elena Reserve, and the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. A quarter of a million tourists from all over the world come here to explore these biodiverse highlands. There’s a total of 755 tree species there, which means, that one square mile, The Monteverde Cloud Forest can have more species of trees than the entire Unites States of America. Visit Monteverde to experience what Costa Rica is all about: incredible biodiversity and environmental preservation.

Highlights

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Monteverde Cloud ForestThe best part of Monteverde are the foggy, mysterious cloud forests. Thanks to the humid climate, you won’t see so much beautiful nature anywhere else. Hike with a guide for the best chance to spot wildlife and discover the magical cloud forest up close. Don’t forget rain gear, hiking boots and binoculars for the best experience! 

Ecological Night Walks

Senda Monteverde SnakeSee the a whole different world of wildlife and let a guide show you all the mysterious animals that emerge at night. You’ll walk with small groups and experienced guides who know exactly where to go to see animals. Sleeping birds, sloths, snakes, monkeys and tarantulas are just a few animals and insects you might see! 

Horseback Riding

Monteverde Horseback Riding in Costa RicaDiscover the cloud forest on horseback and let professional guides point out the local wildlife along the way. Tours can last from two hours to eight days and can accommodate people aged 6-100. Touring the Cloud Forest on horseback is not an experience you will soon forget! 

 

Coffee and Chocolate Tours 

Monteverde Coffee TourTaste some of the best, and freshest, coffee and chocolate in the world and learn about the history and culture of chocolate and coffee in Monteverde.  You will even get to participate in the process by harvesting, peeling and roasting the coffee beans! When you’re finished you’re rewarded with an incredible cup of coffee and gorgeous views of the Cloud Forest. 

Cloud Forest Train

Monteverde Trainforest TrainsExplore the cloud forest on a replica 19th century train. It travels at 5 miles per hour and is a great adventure for families traveling with young children. The tour takes about an hour and comes with a guide ready to answer all your questions about the Cloud Forest.

 

Scenic ATVs 

Monteverde ATV adventureGet ready to get muddy on awesome ATV treks through the cloud forest. The tours start with a safety presentation and practice session to make sure you’re ready for your adventure through the Cloud Forest. You’ll drive by waterfalls and scenic vistas before you get to spin 360 turns in the mud. Don’t forget to bring dry clothes! 

Ranariums and Serpentariums

Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve FrogLearn about more than 25 species of frogs and amphibians from local bilingual experts at the Monteverde Frog Pond. See some of the most venomous snakes in the world. Only 1/2 inch of glass stands between you and these slippery creatures. 

 

Monteverde Sky Walks

Monteverde Sky Walk TourAfter exploring the forest floor, accelerate your heart rate and explore it from the sky. With almost 2 miles of trails and 6 suspension bridges, you will get to see the cloud forests at the canopy level. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the beautiful birds soaring through the sky. 

Monteverde Sky Trek

Sky Trek Monteverde NatureMonteverde is famous for its unbelievable zip lines. Get ready to get your adrenaline pumping as you fly through the cloud forests on some of the best zip lines in the world. Many zip line companies also offer the superman zip lines, tarzan swings, repelling and even bungee jumping.  

Birding

monteverde quetzalBird watchers from all over the world flock to Monteverde in hopes of witnessing a resplendent quetzal, a Three Wattle Bell Bird, a Mot Mot or many other of the 400 known bird species that live in Monteverde or periodically pay a visit. Monteverde has 2000 species of plants, 100 species of mammals and 400 species of birds.

Tips

  • Visit from January to May: Visit between January and May for the best weather. 
  • Get there early: The reserves restrict the number of visitors so arrive by 7am during the high season.
  • Rent a car: For convenient transportation you can rent a car. However If you rent a car, make sure they know you plan on going to Monteverde.
  • Bring rain attire: Don’t forget proper rain gear and water-proof shoes (hiking boots recommended) and binoculars.
  • Hike with a guide: It is not very easy to spot wildlife in the cloud forest, so it is best to hike with a guide who can help point it out.

Getting There

Closest International Airport: Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR)

gray line busGetting to Monteverde is relatively easy. For the fastest and most convenient transportation, rent a car right from the airport upon your arrival. You will take the Interamerica Highway and drive through San Ramon towards Liberia to get to Monteverde. There are also shuttle services available from San Jose. Private shuttles are a little more expensive, from $200-$300. Shared shuttles, however, are more affordable from $50-$100. You can also take the public bus provided by Transmonteverde from Terminal 7-10 in San Jose. 

Dining

The top 10 things to do in monteverde cocoa beansThe Monteverde culinary experience should also be considered as one of Monteverde’s highlights. Restaurant Lucia – with its sophisticated gourmet cuisine – is at the top of our list, followed by El Bosque and Johnny’s Pizza. Morpho’s Café is one of Monteverde’s well-kept secrets and is perfect for travelers on a lower budget. The local ice cream is another item every visitor should indulge in when visiting Monteverde. And don’t leave without trying fresh Monteverde cheese, chocolate and coffee! 

Where to Stay

natural heaven at the top ten hotels in monteverde costa rica el establoIt may be in the middle of the cloud forest, but Monteverde has many very nice and comfortable hotels to choose from. Of all the Monteverde hotels, the El Establo Lodge Monteverde is one the best. Luxurious hospitality, world class service and excellent amenities/facilities in the middle of a cloud forest are definitely worth the trip! Other notable accommodations are the Trapp Family Hotel or Hotel Poco a Poco, and the Hotel Fonda Vela. These forest lodges are as comfortable as they are stylish with top notch service.

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Monteverde is located 3 hours from San Jose in the northwest part of Costa Rica, next the Arenal Volcano. It is easily accessible by rental car, shuttle or private transfer! 

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Monteverde

Lush green mountains and magical trees make out this magical forest, that is pretty much the way it was hundreds of years ago, yet the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is on...

Monteverde Vacation Packages

Get the best of what Monteverde has to offer with any of our vacation packages. Let us help you plan the perfect vacation for you and your family. 

Caribbean Dream Extended Stay

Caribbean Dream Extended Stay

16
SJO
Extended Stay

Extended Stay

13
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Extended Nicoya Peninsula Adventure

Extended Nicoya Peninsula Adventure

8
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Birding in Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

Birding in Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Costa Rica Classic Birding Package

Costa Rica Classic Birding Package

8
LIR
More than $2000 p.p.
Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

SJO
Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

SJO
$1500-$2000 p.p.
Costa Rica Classic

Costa Rica Classic

7
LIR
$1000-$1500 p.p.
Complete Costa Rica Extended

Complete Costa Rica Extended

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Extended Coast to Coast

Extended Coast to Coast

SJO
More than $2000 p.p.
Jungle Jaunt – Costa Rica Jungle Vacation

Jungle Jaunt – Costa Rica Jungle Vacation

8
SJO
$1000-$1500 p.p.
Birding in Costa Rica’s Northern Zone

Birding in Costa Rica’s Northern Zone

11
SJO
More than $2000 p.p.

Monteverde Hotels

Enjoy great service, delicious food and world-class service at Monteverde hotels. Most of the local hotels are eco-friendly and ready to help you explore Costa Rican flora and fauna! 

Claro de Luna

Claro de Luna

3
2
From: Under $125
Cabanas Los Pinos

Cabanas Los Pinos

3
From: Under $125
Hotel Belmar

Hotel Belmar

4
5
From: $200 - $300
Hotel El Establo

Hotel El Establo

4
1
From: $200 - $300
Hotel Ficus

Hotel Ficus

3
From: $125 - $200
Hotel Fonda Vela

Hotel Fonda Vela

4
2
From: Under $125
Hotel Heliconia

Hotel Heliconia

3
2
From: Under $125
Hotel Montaña Monteverde

Hotel Montaña Monteverde

3
From: Under $125
Monteverde Country Lodge

Monteverde Country Lodge

3
3
From: Under $125
Poco a Poco Hotel

Poco a Poco Hotel

3
4
From: $125 - $200
Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

3
From: Over $300
Hotel El Bosque

Hotel El Bosque

3
From: Under $125
Senda Monteverde Hotel

Senda Monteverde Hotel

3
From: Over $300

Monteverde Tours

Embrace your adventurous side and explore Monteverde Cloud Forest by zip line or on horseback. Or maybe learn about local coffee and take a peaceful train ride through the rainforest. 

Jeep Boat Jeep Arenal To Monteverde

Jeep Boat Jeep Arenal To Monteverde

El Trapiche Coffee Tour

El Trapiche Coffee Tour

From: Under $50
Guided Hike Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Guided Hike Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

From: $50 - $75
Night Walk at the Wildlife Refuge Monteverde

Night Walk at the Wildlife Refuge Monteverde

From: $50 - $75
Canopy Tour at Selvatura Park

Canopy Tour at Selvatura Park

From: Under $50
Sky Trek & Sky Tram Monteverde

Sky Trek & Sky Tram Monteverde

From: $50 - $75
Monteverde Sky Walk with Guide

Monteverde Sky Walk with Guide

From: Under $50
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Hike

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Hike

From: $50 - $75
Hanging Bridges, Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens Tour with Selvatura Park

Hanging Bridges, Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens Tour with Selvatura Park

Canopy & Hanging Bridges Tour with Selvatura Park

Canopy & Hanging Bridges Tour with Selvatura Park

Canopy, Hanging Bridges, Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens Tour with Selvatura Park

Canopy, Hanging Bridges, Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens Tour with Selvatura Park

El Trapiche Coffee Tour

El Trapiche Coffee Tour

Birdwatching Tour at Curi-Cancha Refuge with Desafio

Birdwatching Tour at Curi-Cancha Refuge with Desafio

Guided Hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with Desafio

Guided Hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with Desafio

Birding Tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with Desafio

Birding Tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with Desafio

Night Hike at the Wildlife Refuge in Monteverde with Desafio

Night Hike at the Wildlife Refuge in Monteverde with Desafio

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Hike with Ocotea Tours

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Hike with Ocotea Tours

Guided Sky Walk with Sky Adventures

Guided Sky Walk with Sky Adventures

Sky Tram & Sky Walk with Sky Adventures

Sky Tram & Sky Walk with Sky Adventures

Sky Trek & Sky Tram with Sky Adventures

Sky Trek & Sky Tram with Sky Adventures

Sky Walk, Sky Tram & Sky Trek with Sky Adventures

Sky Walk, Sky Tram & Sky Trek with Sky Adventures

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