The town of Monteverde, located at the south end of the cloud forest, had its beginnings in the early 1950s with the impetus of a group of Quakers from the United States, a group that came to Costa Rica attracted by its pacific inclinations and disarmament. They established themselves in the region and devoted themselves to produce milk and quality cheeses.
The "Bosque Nuboso" (Cloud Forest) Biological Reserve is recognized throughout the world for the golden toad, a species in danger of extinction. This wildlife area has been created to protect the flora and fauna, as well as to carry out scientific studies and educational environmental programs.
Within its borders 400 species of birds, including the Quetzal, 490 species of butterflies, 100 of mammals, 2,500 of plants and 200 of ferns have been identified. Monteverde and Santa Elena offer ample possibilities for lodging and eating. Monteverde is located 172 kilometers northeast of San José. The climate is template and humid, with and average of 17ºC (60ºF). The nights are cool and at times cold when the trade winds blow.