The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is a 2,595-acre private reserve located on the misty slopes of the Tilaran mountains, about 100 miles northwest of San Jose.
The reserve is one of Costa Rica's most diverse; species lists are encyclopedic and field guides are heavy. Case in point: this area is thought to have more than 500 orchid species—more than any other area worldwide. Monkeys, tapirs, jaguars, ocelots—all can be glimpsed in the reserve's dense interior. More readily observed are iridescent butterflies, nine species of hummingbirds and a rainbow of brightly colored frogs. Resplendent quetzals can be viewed during the morning hours of the April to May mating season.
If you're on a tight schedule, consider visiting the area's two smaller protected zones: Bajo del Tigre / Bosque Eterno del los Niños—excellent for birdwatching and night hikes—and the quiet Reserva Santa Elena.
The area outside the reserves is well known for zip-line canopy tours, hanging bridge trail systems, butterfly gardens and the San Luis waterfall. Local cooperatives produce coffee, cheese and ice cream.
Monteverde can be reached by land from either international airport, or by boat and jeep transfer from Arenal. Visitors should expect mist and occasional rains, with temperatures ranging from the low 50's to mid 70's.
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