February 3, 2013
One of the most popular touristic destinations in Costa Rica, Monteverde is really impressive because of the beauty of its Costa Rica cloud forest. There are biological reserves in Monteverde and two main towns: Monteverde and Santa Elena. The next stop in myCosta Rica travel is this beautiful place, so keep reading and see why I liked Monteverde so much.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is probably the best known spot here. It’s an important place for Costa Rica eco tours, with its mystic clouded areas. The cloud forest is different from the rain forest in that its higher altitude makes for more moisture and less rain, creating a permanent cloud over the zone, that gives the Reserve a surreal feeling, with a great variety of wildlife.
Perfect for a Costa Rica birding tour, in Monteverde you can see different species of birds, including the wonderful Quetzal and hummingbirds; jaguars, pumas, several species of monkeys; reptiles and amphibian -the last of the extinct golden toad was seen in the late 1980’s-; orchids, tall trees, and literally thousands of species of plants.
From the top, at approximately 8500 feet high, you can see both coasts over the cloud forest. It’s been one of the most remarkable impressions that I’ve ever had. There are almost 10 miles of trails, made for hikers wanting to know the reserve. Since we look for adventure in Costa Rica, we tried the canopy, which is really exciting, and the amazing Skywalk, where you walk over suspended bridges, hanging as high as 130 feet at some points.
It is a breathtaking view, from over the top of the huge trees, watching acres of deep, green cloud forest, the Continental Divide Mountains, and the coast and oceans. There’s also horse-back riding, going to Santa Elena and the slopes of the Arenal volcano. With so much to do at Monteverde, I will let you know in the next days what I did and how I liked it.
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