Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica Main Attractions - Tropical Discovery

White-nosed coati is praying for food

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

This preserve boasts a wealth of diversity in flora and fauna, much of which is unique in the world, which has made it a visitor attraction not to be missed: a place where nature-loving tourists and scientists can share one place that satisfies their diverse interests. A number of trails allow visitors to observe the cloud forest. Approximately 400 bird species, 490 butterfly species, more than 100 species of mammal, 2,500 plant species (500 of which are orchids) and tens of thousands of insects have been identified here. Noteworthy wildlife includes the jaguar, tapir, lark, umbrella bird and the resplendent quetzal. The preserve comprises 11,500 hectares and is open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica Main Attractions - Tropical Discovery

Santa Elena – Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
This reserve is a paradise for birds. This is one of the most attractive tourist places of the country where you can see a lot of fauna. Here you can perform many activities such as canopy tours and horseback riding.

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Managed by the Santa Elena Technical Professional School, the Santa Elena Preserve, as it is commonly known, is dedicated to protecting the cloud forest and contributing to the education of the Santa Elena community. Revenue from the preserve is used to protect the forest and to develop environmental programs. Several trails are available to enjoy the 310-hectare preserve. On clear days, Arenal Volcano may be seen. The preserve is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children’s Eternal Forest

This is the largest private preserve in Costa Rica. The area to visit in Monteverde is the San Gerardo Biological Station, located seven kilometers from Santa Elena, which offers five kilometers of trails through the wet forest and an impressive view of Arenal Volcano. One hundred animal species and 400 bird species have been identified in this 22,000-hectare preserve. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica Main Attractions - Tropical Discovery

Impressions of the Cloud Rainforest of Monteverde and Santa Elena in Costa Rica. The place to visit a wonderful and mysterious forest in the clouds which is protected as National Park. The waterfalls of the rainforest are always an impressive aim on your hike

Bajo del Tigre Trail

Separate from the Children’s Eternal Forest, this area measures approximately 29 hectares. Some 3.3 kilometers of trails allow for enjoyment of Bajo del Tigre’s flora and fauna, as well as an excellent view of the Gulf of Nicoya. Adding to the experience are white-faced monkeys, armadillos and a variety of butterflies, toads and birds.

Finca Ecológica

This wildlife refuge offers a series of trails through a forest with excellent natural viewpoints, waterfalls, coffee plantations and the chance to observe animals common to the area, such as coatis, agoutis, sloths and around 150 bird species. Specially dedicated to ecotourism, Finca Ecológica comprises 30 hectares and is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. An interesting nocturnal tour is also offered from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Santa Elena

Situated in the Tilarán mountain range, Santa Elena is a very distinctive community: a mix of rural area and developing city, of paved streets and gravel roads. At an altitude of 1,330 meters, the town enjoys cool temperatures; its irregular topography makes for pleasant scenery.

The history of Monteverde goes back to when the Quakers arrived to Costa Rica

The Quakers

The Quakers came to the Monteverde area in the fifties in the hopes of following their traditional way of life. They undertook agricultural and livestock activities, and eventually formed a dairy cooperative that has also benefited the area’s Costa Rican residents. The Quaker community built a school and shared education with Santa Elena’s Costa Ricans, thus enabling a bilingual culture that today is a strength in serving the nature-loving tourists who visit the area. Though it is true that few of the original colonists remain, a number of their customs and practices have been maintained, including Quaker Meetings, which involve varied commentaries and readings on world peace. With great vision, the Quakers protected the high zone of the Tilarán mountain range; today, it is one of the country’s most visited protected areas, where the beauty of the region’s flora and fauna may be enjoyed by all.

Monteverde Music Festival

This event takes place during the first months of the year to take advantage of the dry season and high season for tourists. Different musical groups advocating music in harmony with nature are invited from around the country.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica Main Attractions - Tropical Discovery

San Luis Waterfall in the jungle of Costa Rica

San Luis Waterfall

Located in San Luis, this is an impressive 300-meter waterfall. Getting to it requires a short hike on which visitors can enjoy the surrounding natural beauty.

Monteverde Cheese Factory

The main attraction here is observing how cheese is made and buying dairy products such as ice cream and other sweets. The factory’s hours are Monday to Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Casem Handicrafts

The Artisans Committee of Santa Elena and Monteverde (CASEM) makes various handicrafts and souvenirs out of wood and other materials, as well as clothing, for tourists to purchase.

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