Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica is a bewitching, magical place with emerald green foliage surrounded by whirling mists, perched on the edge of the Tilaran Mountains and home to abundant wildlife. The reserve here is mainly primary cloud forest and spends much of the year surrounded by swirling mists, which creates some unique vegetation and a peaceful magical atmosphere. A vast array of birdlife and more than 100 species of mammals make their home here. You are certainly likely to see monkeys and possibly even the resplendent quetzal bird between January and May, although sightings of the large cats and tapirs are very rare.
Within the reserve is a well-marked network of walking trails for short or long treks through the forest. On your Monteverde tour, we can also arrange guided walks through the forest to point out native flora and fauna. In the nearby town of Santa Elena, where most of the accommodation is located, there are also canopy walkways (a series of suspension bridges set up above the rainforest canopy) perfect for bird-watching as well as orchid gardens and an excellent butterfly farm.
Access to the Monteverde Cloud Forest is mainly by 4-wheel drive vehicle as roads are not in great condition in this area, especially in the wetter parts of the year. This region is also perfect to combine with a visit to the Arenal volcano, taking a boat trip across Lake Arenal to journey between the two areas.
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