The Monteverde Cloud Forest is located in the Cordillera of Tilarán. In Monteverde you will be able to experience a wide variety of activities and enjoy a part of Costa Rica which is unique and we think very special. We hope that when you are in the planning stages of your vacation that you will consider a stay in Monteverde, and that when you get here that you will have decided that you made the right decision to visit.
Our goal is to try to help you make the most out of your visit to a special part of Costa Rica... Monteverde! Selecting the best Monteverde hotel or lodge that meets your particular needs is usually the first step in planning your visit. Therefore we offer you information on a variety of the best Monteverde Hotels which allows you to select one that meets your budget and expectations of quality and amenities.
In addition, most visitors to Monteverde have a limited amount of time to spend in the area and therefore having good information on the available options for attractions, and the two main Cloud Forest Reserves can help you make the most of your visit. Most importantly of course, Monteverde is known for their two Cloud Forest reserves. However Monteverde offers many other unique and worthwhile attractions.
Most visitors stay in Monteverde at least two nights in order to visit one or both of the Cloud Forest Reserves, enjoy the Canopy Tour, The Hanging Bridges and some of the many other attractions. We try to offer the most up to date information on most anything in Monteverde you would like to experience.
There are many activities in Monteverde, and choosing what to do can be difficult! Here are some of the main attractions that are available for visitors. Monteverde boasts two world famous Cloud Forest Reserves. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with over 10 kilometers of trails, and the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve with over 12. The reserves are unique and offer the chance to see and hear a wide variety of bird and animal life as well as experiencing an incredible forest. Well maintained trails allow you to see the biodiversity and hundreds of varieties of plants and trees. Many of the plants and trees grow on or around a host plant or tree. Visiting a Cloud Forest Reserve is an experience we think you will remember for the rest of your life.
You can also visit the Children's Eternal Cloud Forest (Bosque Nuboso Eterno de Los Ninos) which offers a drier less dense forest. Many other activities are available including the Serpentarium with many varieties of snakes, or the Frog Pond with exhibits of many amphibian species like the poison dart frog. Also coffee plantation tours (link to new page), night tours, the new Bat exhibit with live bats, the Insect exhibit, the Butterfly Garden, the Monteverde Cheese Factory tour, horseback riding or souvenir hunting.
Most visitors have to experience a Canopy Tour and or combine this with a Hanging Bridges / Suspended Walkways tour. The Canopy tour is thrilling and this tour takes you through and above the cloud forest in a way you will never forget. Our recommended Canopy Tour is: Aventura Canopy Tour.
For the Hanging Bridges/Suspended walkways tour we recommend Selvatura Park because the park is located next to the Santa Elena Reserve and offers the best forest and very secure bridges and well maintained trails. Also free transportation is offered in the entrance fee.
Thinking about a Coffee Tour while in Costa Rica? The Monteverde region produces some of the best export quality coffee in Costa Rica. How about a coffee tour which showcases sustainable agriculture where you have the opportunity to visit a small grower using organic methods and learn how these farmers combine organic coffee farming with other types of fruits and vegetables that they use to feed their families?