Hike in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
This green oasis is the pride and joy of ecotourism in Costa Rica. With cloud cover that hangs at the canopy, the cloud forest is fascinatingly different from the tropical rainforests that are spread across so much of Costa Rica. A day trip to Monteverde Cloud Forest is a chance to cool down and explore the unique beauty and diversity of the Cloud Forest. We highly recommend hiking the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with a naturalist bilingual guide for the best experience. Arrange a tour early in the morning when the animals are just waking up and the forest is quiet and still.
Go Bird Watching.
Costa Rica’s cloud forests – where misty fog clings to the treetops – offer a refreshingly cool retreat from the warmer, tropical areas of the country. These high-elevation forests contain 420 different kinds of orchids, ferns, and a wide assortment of mosses. The slight changes in elevation have made these areas hotbeds of wildlife diversity. Birding is especially treasured here. Nature enthusiasts travel far to spot the rare Resplendent Quetzal bird hiding amidst the trees. The Quetzal can only be found in the cloud forests of Central America. Once regarded as a god by the Aztecs, the Quetzal is renowned for its stunning, colorful feathers and shy disposition. Travelers are considered very lucky to have even just one Quetzal sighting during their stay to Monteverde.
Check out the Cloud Forest at Night
The cloud forest really comes alive at night! Night time tours of the cloud forest showcase a new perspective of this unique ecosystem. A naturalist guide will lead you through the forest pointing out a variety of wildlife like armadillos, tarantulas, and more. Listen closely to the sounds of the forest! You may hear the nocturnal Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth rustling in the trees. The other Costa Rican sloth species, the diurnal Three-toed Sloth, is not found in the cloud forest as their fur coats are not warm enough for them in the cool cloud forest environment.
Discover Costa Rican coffee, chocolate, and sugar cane.
Explore how these three major crops have impacted Costa Rican culture. Monteverde is a fantastic destination to learn about coffee as it typically grows best at higher elevations. Visit a local coffee farm and discover how coffee is brought from seed to cup. Then, take a hands-on lesson in chocolate making. Begin with the cocoa bean, roast it, and grind it. Last, learn how to extract sugar cane juice into a delicious glass of juice the old fashioned way. Tasting is encourages throughout the tour!
- Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
- Coffee Plantations
- Lush, Tropical Vegetation
Monteverde Reserve Hike
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Hike
Coffee, Chocolate, & Sugarcane Tour
Butterfly Garden Tour
Hummingbird Garden Tour
Bird Watching Hike
Tree-top Walkways Tour
Monteverde Travel Information
Climate: Monteverde is wet year-round, but drier December- April.
Temperature: 65° average high, refreshingly cool with precipitation
Bring: A sweater or light jacket and long pants are essential in this cool environment. Layering clothing is the best way to handle the ever-changing climate. Rain gear and hiking shoes or boots are highly recommended. The sun can be deceiving in the cool environment. Please consider Monteverde’s high elevation and wear sunscreen!
Driving in Monteverde: The road in Monteverde is one of the most technical drives in the country with unpaved, windy pot-hole filled roads. Be prepared to drive slow and take your time. SUVs are normally recommended for this area.