Monteverde, the destination for travelers seeking adventure or relaxation

Sunset from El Establo Mountain hotel, photo credit elestablomonteverde.

Sunset from El Establo Mountain hotel, photo credit elestablomonteverde.

Are you an adventurous traveler? Do you enjoy being very active during your vacations, scheduling adrenaline rushes for every day of your stay? Monteverde is a place where you can be as relaxed or as adventurous as you like. 

Zipping through the air with the wind in your face enjoying the scenery, or sitting on a balcony surrounded by lush nature, listening to the birds chirping while butterflies flutter by. Are you an adrenaline junkie who needs adventure every day, or do you prefer some quiet time to read and relax during your holidays? One or the other or a mix of both, good news is that Monteverde has something for everyone.

Hanging bridges in Monteverde, photo credit angelot_e.

Hanging bridges in Monteverde, photo credit angelot_e.

Adventure

Suspension bridges: These bridges were originally built by scientists to be able to observe and study the canopies of the cloud forests.  The orchids, ferns and moss, lifeform stacked upon lifeform, creating the lush life of the forest.  They have since evolved into tourist attractions where guests can walk through them during the day, do night walks to observe different fauna, climb trees, and combine them with canopy tours.  Sky Walk and Selvatura Treetop Walkways are a couple of options.

Canopies:  Canopy tours in the area include Monteverde Extremo, the Original Canopy Tour, Selvatura and Sky AdventuresEl Establo Mountain Hotel offers their Tree Top canopy tour right inside their property, where the 360-degree view from their 150-foot tower is breathtaking.  It includes 16 cables, two rope bridges, one loose rope and a Tarzan Swing (don’t ask, just click here and watch a video posted by one of our guests).

Hiking: Explore the protected areas of Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve and learn about the area that houses 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity.  Put on your hiking shoes, bring a water bottle and a snack, and bring a camera.  A trained guide can assist in the identification of local flora and fauna.

Monteverde Extreme Canopy, photo credit puigga9.

Monteverde Extreme Canopy, photo credit puigga9.

Relaxation

Spa: The Green Leaf Spa at El Establo Mountain Hotel offers deep tissue massages, facials, hot stone treatments, aromatherapy and more.  In the center of town, the Revive Healing Arts Center offers Reiki, Craniosacral Training and Massages.

Yoga: Drishti Arts and Yoga offers art and yoga classes, contact them here for schedule.  Alas y Raíces is a Yoga and Pilates studio in the nearby town of Santa Elena, and they also do arts and crafts lessons and martial arts.

Hot Stone Massage at Green Leaf Spa at El Establo Mountain Hotel.

Hot Stone Massage at Green Leaf Spa at El Establo Mountain Hotel.

Of course, you can always sit in a rocking chair and watch the sunset from your room or the pool at El Establo Mountain Hotel with a drink in hand.

 

Flying Superman style over the could forest at El Establo Mountain Hotel

Flying Superman style over the could forest at El Establo Mountain Hotel

Article by Katie Widdowson

 

 

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