Monteverde, Costa Rica

Situated 1,400 meters above sea level, Monteverde is a popular eco-tourism destination located in north-western Costa Rica. Substantially cooler than other areas in the country, Monteverde is home to a cloud forest, one of the most popular places to visit in all of Costa Rica!

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The Monteverde Cloud Forest is world renowned for protecting its vast ecosystem which contains: over 400 birds, 120 amphibians and reptiles, 3000 plants and tens of thousands of insects.

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  • If you look closely (above), you can see two quetzals (green backs) – the most popular bird in Central America.

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The Reserve was established in 1972 to curb an increasing threat from settlers who wanted to move up the mountain into the cloud forest. Today, through heavy protection, only 3% of the Reserve’s territory is open to visitation!

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From the main town, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is a 30-minute bus ride and the park takes about 3 hours to fully explore. It costs roughly $20 USD to enter but only half of that amount if you have a valid student card … Or an expired one from 5 years ago like me ; )

Along with the Monteverde Cloud Forest, the Santa Elena Reserve is only a short bus ride away. In addition, there are countless activities to take part in close to the main base: From zip lining, bungee jumping, coffee plantation tours and numerous observation points, one has enough options to remain occupied for up to a week.

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Just a short walk from the town centre lies an incredible ficas tree that simply needs to be seen to be believed!

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  • The hollowed out tree works as a ladder, so climbing to the top from the INSIDE is possible.. Amazing!

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After you finish the climb, grab yourself a delicious ‘Casado’ meal for $6USD. These types of meals can be found just about anywhere in Costa Rica.

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While touristy and a little expensive (especially if you’re doing all of the excursions), Monteverde should be on everyone’s bucket list when visiting Costa Rica. Roughly a 4-hour bus from San Jose, Costa Rica and a 3-hour bus from Liberia, Monteverde is conveniently located in the middle of two international airports. SO, if strapping into a harness and zip lining through a Cloud Forest interests you, or if you just want to enjoy some awesome nature, make sure to check out Monteverde!

Salud!

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