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Monteverde is a major destination for eco-tourism, with dense areas of lush green rainforest that's untouched by the modern world. Visitors typically stay in the small village of Santa Elena, close to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, and then take hikes or tours through the many miles of thick, humid rainforest. The area is famous for its biodiversity, with many rare and threatened species living amongst the trees, including over 100 species of mammals, and 400 kinds of birds.

Things to see

If you want to be high above the cloud forests of Monteverde, over the misty green landscapes, then a visit to the Sky Trek center allows you to enjoy a unique perspective on the rainforest. Made up of swinging canopy bridges and thrilling ziplines, you may be able to spot monkeys scuttling through the trees next to you, and look out for rare birds along the way. For a gentler ride, the Sky Tram on-site is a simple cable car which gets to to the top of the mountains without having to hike on a humid day. Other colorful species can be spotted at the Monteverde Butterfly Garden, which has a 3 acre facility full of warm greenhouses. In amongst the greenery you'll see delicate butterflies covered in all sorts of patterns and bright colors, and the tour guides will teach you all about the insect life, picking up rare species along the way so you can see them up close. The Hummingbird Gallery is dedicated to the tiny, industrious birds that live in the rainforest, with feeders full of nectar hanging from the trees, allowing you to get close up photographs of these vibrant species. You'll also be able to see photographs and paintings inspired by the region, with artworks of birds, flowers, and the lush greens of the rainforest.

Hotels in Monteverde

There's a wide selection of hotels in Monteverde, whether you want to be close to nature, or prefer modern accommodation. There are many lodges and hostels set in quiet areas of national parkland, where you'll find basic, yet clean and comfortable accommodation. You'll still enjoy extras such as free WiFi and free parking, and there are often restaurants and bars on site to keep you entertained in the evening. You'll also find more upmarket resorts closer to town, with full service spas, outdoor pools, and health clubs to help you relax after a long day, as well as extras such as free breakfast and daily housekeeping.

Where to stay

Santa Elena, close to Monteverde, is where you'll find most of the area's facilities, from hotels to restaurants. It's a typical Costa Rican village, with colorful shopfronts, bars and restaurants with terraces, and narrow streets with motorcyclists zipping around. The village is set amongst the mountains, so feels close to nature, and there are many private tour companies that can pick you up, and take you off the beaten track in a comfortable 4X4.

How to get to Monteverde

Juan Santamaria International Airport is one of the most convenient arrival points, and this large airport in San José has flights arriving from across North and South America, as well as further afield. From San José there are private coach services that take tourists to Monteverde, with the road journey taking about 4 hours. Some visitors choose to travel from La Fortuna, another major site for eco-tourism, avoiding the less steady roads by taking a boat, or even a guided horseback riding trail. Monteverde is well serviced by public buses from around the country, although they can be slow, and are not always reliable, and so spending the extra on a private tour is sometimes preferable.

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