Monteverde houses an amazing cloud forest. The weather is usually cool and rainny, so it is advisable to take rainwear and mosquito repellent. Monteverde is the place for mountain, greenery and rain enthusiasts. Another traits are its peacefulness and the efforts the neighboors make to make it a lovely place to live and visit.
Art enthusiasts will love the several nice galleries that showcase art and crafts from local and foreign artists.
In Monteverde there are many lodging and dining options. There are price options for all budgests, for low-budget travelers to luxury seekers.
The small town of Santa Elena is charming. It is the place to do some shopping or exchanging money before you get to the park.
In 1951, nine Quaker families came from the USA, they bought some land and established the original Monteverde community. It certainly has a Quaker touch: in the 1950’s some families from the US moved there and built the Cheese factory, still famous for its fresh dairy products.
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the first community-administered reserves in the country (not a national park, but under the protection of the Arenal Conservation Area). It is an excellent example of what people can do to preserve and learn from their environment. The reserve has trails where you can walk and enjoy the forest.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
At just 6 km from Santa Elena, here you will admire huge trees covered with orchids, bromeliads, ferns, vines, and mosses.
There are several trails to enjoy nature:
CLOUD FOREST TRAIL: 1.9 km (1.2 mi) ; Rise 65 m. (213 ft.); 1.5 hours. A self-guided tour booklet of this trail is available at the entrance. One of the most popular trails because it’s one of the prettiest. Very good examples of strangler figs.
THE ROAD: 2.0 km (1.2 mi.); Rise 45 m. (148 ft.); 1 hour. Wider and more open than the other trails . It attracts butterflies. Excellent for bird watching. SWAMP TRAIL: 1.6 km (1.0 mi.); Rise 40 m. (131 ft.); 1.25 hours. This trail passes through a swamp forest while traversing the Continental Divide.
What you will find in Santa Elena
Bank to exchange money