Monteverde’s cloud forests drip with life creating hiking experiences unlike any other place in Costa Rica.Monteverde is famous for its cloud forests, nature and wildlife, adrenaline-inducing zip lines and suspension bridges, and its fabulous local coffee, ice cream and cheeses. So, pack your bags and get ready for an amazing adventure in the cloud forest on vacation in Monteverde.
Best Time to Visit
The best times to visit Monteverde for ideal weather are December to April based on average temperature and humidity.
Top Places to Visit in Monteverde
1. Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is one of Costa Rica’s most famous private reserves. Spanning six distinct ecological zones, the reserve’s 10,500 hectares (25,950 acres) protects abundant wildlife. It is a favorite destination for bird watching in Costa Rica to see the more than 400 bird species found here. The best way to go is on a guided hike with a naturalist who has expert eyes and knowledge. Now you can explore the amazing wonders of the forest canopy on suspension and hanging bridges. Best in the area are Sky Walk and Selvatura’s Treetop Walkway.
2. Monteverde Orchid Garden
Exquisite, delicate orchids are the largest and most diverse family of flowering plants on Earth, and are abundant in tropical Costa Rica. The Monteverde cloud forest in Costa Rica is said to have the highest diversity of orchids in the world. You can see close to 500 varieties of orchids in the Monteverde Orchid Garden, including the smallest orchid in the world at just over 2 millimeters (0.08 inch) in size.
3. Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
The Santa Elena Reserve is particularly special for its abundance of epiphytes, which make up 29% of the flora with 878 species, and are the richest plant life form in Monteverde. This private reserve of 765 acres (310 hectares) of cloud forest is a prime example of community cooperation for conservation.
4. Coffee Gardens
Costa Rica is known all over the world for its rich coffee. Now you can get the insider story on how that fantastic coffee is produced, and charm your friends back home with cool facts. Monteverde has a local fair trade cooperative that supplies coffee connoisseurs around the globe with the finest coffee.
5. Curi Cancha Reserve
Passing through the entrance to Curi Cancha you’ll step underneath an ancient ficus tree stretching toward the sun. Inside the reserve’s 250 acres, guests will cross through an intricate network of habitats from the rainforest into the cloud forest. The past remains etched upon the reserve as pastures once used for grazing cattle slowly regenerate with wild fruit and avocado trees. The trees, scattered throughout the pastures, attract many of the forest’s most spectacular birds into the open making Curi Cancha an ideal location for bird watching.
Canopy Zip Line tours
Monteverde boasts some of the longest, highest and scariest zip lines through the forest tree canopy. If you’re an adrenaline thrill-seeker, this adventure is for you. Try the Tree Top Canopy Tour by the Santa Elena Reserve.