Monteverde, located in Northwest Costa Rica, on the Tilaran mountain range, is famous worldwide because of its lush cloud forests and tropical biodiversity. Something else is putting it on the map these days, its coffee. The fertile lands in the areas surrounding Monteverde, like Santa Elena and the San Luis Valley are growing the delicious bean. You can learn about the process during coffee tours in the area, and sample a delicious cup while exploring its quaint coffee shops.
Cloud Forest view, hanging bridge, photo credit elefanttravel.
Travel takes many forms. Some people travel to Monteverde to birdwatch, to see other wildlife, to have adventurous tours, others might search for plants and flowers they don’t get to see at home. Whatever your expectations are, or if you have none, admiring and taking in these beautiful living organisms will add another level of appreciation to your Costa Rican journey.
Sunset from El Establo Mountain Hotel, Monteverde Costa Rica
What makes Monteverde such a special place and a must on the list of tourists who come to Costa Rica? Monteverde is in the Tilaran montain range, about a four-hour drive from the Central Valley. The cloud forest covers about 180 square miles and it was named one of the seven wonders of Costa Rica. These are only a few reasons why a trip up this gorgeous mountain range is a must on your next visit.
Quetzal in Monteverde, photo courtesy of Rony Castro, naturalist guide at El Establo Mountain Hotel
Are you an avid birdwatcher wanting to check a few more species off your list? Maybe just learning more about this recreational activity, observing and listening for wildlife. What better place to enjoy this activity than in a tropical cloud forest, where you may combine birding with nightwalks, ziplines through nature, butterfly parks, spa treatments and more. El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde, Costa Rica is the same altitude and has the same conditions as the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, it is actually only two kilometers away in a straight line. What does this mean? It means you can observe many of the same wildflife at the hotel’s protected areas as you can at the park.