Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Ecotourism: Biological diversity in the mist
The Monteverde region is known around the world for its conservation efforts and lifestyle centered around respect for nature. Santa Elena is the area’s main service center with various shops and tourism companies; other important towns are San Luis and San Gerardo. Though its main attraction is the Monteverde Biological Preserve, the region also features a variety of natural places, picturesque paths, flora- and fauna-watching opportunities, natural landscapes and more. Owing to the area’s attractions and environment, activities are centered around natural history and adventure; possible activities include bird- (especially the resplendent quetzal), wildlife- and nature-watching, hiking, canopy tours, trips to suspension bridges and visits to butterfly and frog gardens.
Main attractions in Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Not only is Costa Rica a country filled with beautiful beaches on both coasts, it also offers the interested visitor a large variety of other attractions as well as cultural and adventure activities. Please find below a selection of points of interests for this particular region.
Costa Rica's natural attractions, wildlife and reputation for enlightened conservation draw tourists from all over the world. 20 natural parks, 8 biological reserves, and a series of protected areas that captivate ecotourism lovers can be found throughout the country. Please click on the link below to see what this region in particular has to offer you.
In the first three decades of the 20th century, Creole populations arrived in small numbers to what is now called Monteverde. Many were employed by, or provided services to the employees of, the Guacimal gold mines. Many settled the nearby lower, warmer valley of San Luis.
What is now considered Monteverde was founded by Quakers from the United States whose pacifist values led them to defy the American draft before the Korean War. The majority of the group hailed from Fairhope, Alabama, and it included people who were not Quakers but pacifists and conscientious objectors. The spokesman of the group was Hubert Mendenhall, a dairyman who had visited Costa Rica in 1949 after joining a farmer's tour. These Quakers and pacifists chose Monteverde for its cool climate, which would facilitate dairy farming, and due to Costa Rica's non-violent, army-free constitution. Mendenhall noted that the soil was fertile and the people were friendly as well. The Quakers stewarded and farmed a large tract of land, which they eventually set aside for conservation. This reserve, which was named the Reserva Biológica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde (Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve), has become a major tourist attraction.
In recent years rapidly increasing numbers of tourists has brought a sizeable influx of Costa Ricans into the area. Now, an estimated 250,000 tourists visit Monteverde a year. Improved goods and services, including partially paved roads, have arrived in recent years. In 2007, Costa Ricans voted Monteverde one of Costa Rica's Seven Wonders, along with Isla del Coco, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano, Cerro Chirripó, Rio Celeste and Poás Volcano.
Tours in the Monteverde Region, Costa Rica
Natural Reserves, Coffee Plantations...
Monteverde is famous for its rare and gorgeous cloud forest and friendly community. The climate is refreshing, often referred to as "eternal spring". The views of the Gulf of Nicoya are spectacular. Monteverde is an ideal destination for relaxing and enjoying the wonders of the tropics. Tropical Discovery is offering you a variety of tours for all interests to discover the entire splendor of the Monteverde Region and its surrounding:
You will hike through the well-marked trails, waterfalls, rivers, and the observation area of the park. If you are lucky, you might spot a Quetzal, one of the most beautiful birds in the world. A must for all visitors.
Night walks are amazing nocturnal tours which begin just before the sunset and finish at night, giving the hikers an opportunitu to compare diurnal and nocturnal wildlife.
At this cloud forest reserve you will have a great opportunity to observe variety of birds. You are also available to appreciate the wonderful Arenal Volcano and the Guanacaste lowlands. Available from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.
You will learn about all the stages of harvesting coffee, starting with the planting to the picking and drying, toasting and grinding of the bean. Always tasty, always comforting! Available from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
The tour includes a guided trip through four greenhouses which host a variety of species of butterflies, as well as a short lesson in the Nature Center.
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- 1 night in San Jose (Arrival)
- 2 nights in Arenal Volcano area
- 2 nights in Monteverde Cloud Forest
- 3 nights in Manuel Antonio (Northern Puntarenas)
- 1 nights in San Jose (Departure)
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