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Monteverde

The lush cloud forest of Monteverde is alive with wildlife. Spending a few days here is a amazing opportunity to experience this distinctive ecosystem - an amazing world in which you half expect to meet Tarzan, swinging from the treetops.
Most people come here in search of the resplendent Quetzal that lives in vast numbers in the trees, but this lush cloud forest ecosystem supports over 100 species of mamals, 400 birds, 2,500 plant varieties and thousands of insects. It is a superb place to visit for a South America Safari.

After the second World War, groups of Quakers moved into the area to set up an agricultural community. The agricultural economy in Monteverde now comes second to tourism, but the Quaker community continues to thrive.

Out and About in Monteverde


If birdwatching is your principal reason for visiting Monteverde we suggest considering a quieter option that has similar species as Monteverde can get busy.

Top tips


Santa Elena is a quieter National Park where you will have a greater chance of spotting the Resplendent Quetzal. 

The centre of the town has a couple of informal restaurants, a few cafes and typical services you would expect to find in such a popular tourist stop. 
                                   

Where to stay


Although Monteverde is a popular forest there are limited hotels. Generally speaking, the better options here are smaller to mid-range, which have good local character and are well-located to explore the area.
 

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