Step into the clouds with a trip to Monteverde. Just a four-hour drive from the Central Valley, this hidden treasure nestled in the mountains in the heart of Costa Rica offers spectacular views, food, and learning experiences.
The biggest attraction in the area is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. This stunning natural park sits on the continental divide and is a great place to see rare birds and plant life. When the weather is clear, you can see both the Caribbean and the Pacific coasts from the peak. There are hiking trails for every experience level, and ziplining is available for thrill-seekers.
Besides the incredible views, Monteverde is known for being one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Just walking through the forest you might see monkeys, sloths, and owls. Still longing for more creatures? Don’t worry, the surrounding areas have got you covered. Check out the hummingbird gallery, butterfly garden, a serpentarium, and bat jungle to spend more time with these incredible animals.
There are two main towns to explore in the area: Monteverde and Santa Elena. Monteverde is spread out on the road leading to the forest reserve, but it still has plenty of hotels and cafes. Santa Elena is a bit smaller and is well-known for offering views of the Arenal Volcano. From both towns you can set out to explore hanging bridges and take tours of local sugar plantations.
The forest reserve and the surrounding areas are beautiful, but at Café Britt, one thing about Monteverde stands out to us above all others: coffee. Before becoming a tourist destination, the area was primarily a coffee-growing region. Many of these coffee farmers still work the land, and the ara boasts some of the best coffee and coffee shops around.
You can find Café Britt coffee in:
- Hotel Fonda Vela
- Hotel El Establo
- Pizzeria Tramonti
- Restaurante Sabor Tico
Monteverde has something for everyone to enjoy, from natural views and wildlife sightings to delicious food and adventurous activities. It's a must-do stop on your trip to Costa Rica.
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