Why stopping in Monteverde is a must in Costa Rica

Whether you like to have all of your vacation days planned out in advance, or you like to go with the flow and see where the wind takes you, definitely add Monteverde to your list of places to visit.

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Why, do you ask? Here are just a few reasons:

Ideally located

Monteverde is accessible on your way to and from other lovely destinations in the country. Visit this lush cloud forest after a few days on the coast enjoying the warmth of the beaches, or before or after you visit the Northern Plains and its volcanoes and celestial blue waterfalls.

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Biodiversity

Monteverde was named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Costa Rica, and its rich biodiversity is one of the reasons why.  The area is home to 100 species of mammals, including tapir, deer, wild pigs and six different felines.   These cloud forests are home to ten species of birds considered endangered, including the Resplendent Quetzal.  There are 161 species of amphibians and reptiles, including poisonous and colorful dart frogs.  Almost 30% of the flora present is made up of Epiphytes, making it the site with the largest number of orchids in the world.  Hike into either Monteverde or Santa Elena parks, breathe in the cool clean air and cleanse your mind with the lush views during your treks.

Stay active or relax, there are activities for everyone 

Zip-line over the cloud forest,  birdwatch at the Hummingbird Garden, or learn about the town’s history at the Cheese Factory, Monteverde has something for everyone.  Visit the orchid garden to see beautiful colors not to be believed, and see flowers so tiny you need a magnifying glass to admire their beauty.

The Santa Elena-Monteverde area is very culturally diverse for its size, and that diversity provides a wide variety of dining options.  From Argentinian steakhouses, to chocolatiers, to Italian and even Mongolian! Don’t forget the delicious locally made cheeses and ice cream.

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Article by Katie Widdowson

 

 

 

 

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