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Canopy tour at El Establo Hotel in Monteverde Costa Rica

Zip lining tour in the Cloud Rainforest at Monteverde

Nestled up in the highlands overlooking the Gulf of Nicoya on the Pacific Coast, you will find a verdant gem in the form of a quaint, alternative living town in what is best known as Monteverde.  Here, you can fly through the forest canopy on a zip lining tour in the Cloud Rainforest and El...
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Trogon Lodge in San Gerardo de Dota. Photo credit #trogonlodge.

Costa Rica: Mountain Destinations for Nature Lovers

Pack comfortable walking shoes, long pants, raingear, and a sweater for chilly evenings, and enjoy destinations in Costa Rica where a cup of hot cocoa by the fire in the evening will be the perfect way to relax and relive the mountain experiences of the day. Monteverde Visit the cloud forest while still enjoying breathtaking...
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Valeria Giacomelli, one of the yoga instructors at El Establo Mountain Hotel.

El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde now features a Yoga Deck

One of the reasons yoga is here to stay and not a passing fad is its accessibility. It can be done by everyone, any age, any fitness level.  Loyal followers of the practice will tell you not only about the physical benefits of the practice, but helping them find inner peace as well.  Now add...
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Two fingered sloth. photo credit Wikimedia.

Sloths: Lazy cuties you can spot in Monteverde

Their name in Spanish is “Perezoso” which literally translates to lazy.  Why are sloths one of the must-see animals on most visitors’ lists?  Their furry bodies and seemingly smiling faces have made them popular on the web as well as on television. Lucky for you, El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde is a place where...
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Sunset from El Establo Mountain hotel, photo credit elestablomonteverde.

Monteverde, the destination for travelers seeking adventure or relaxation

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...
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View from El Trapiche Coffee Tour, red "cherries" in hand, photo credit brko0003.

Costa Rica’s “Golden Grain”: Coffee – Explore its history in Monteverde

Lush cloud forests and tropical biodiversity have made Monteverde, Costa Rica a must visit destination. Something else is putting it on the map these days, its coffee.  The fertile lands in the areas surrounding Monteverde, like Santa Elena and the San Luis Valley are growing the delicious bean.  You can learn about the process during...
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Santa Elena Cloud Forest, photo Wikimedia.

5 plant species to look out for in Monteverde Cloud Forest

Costa Rica is known for its biodiversity, and Monteverde is a destination to birdwatch, to see other wildlife, to have adventurous tours, or to search for plants and flowers travelers don’t get to see at home.  Whatever your expectations are, or if you have none, admiring and taking in these beautiful living organisms will add...
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Spectacular sunset view of the Gulf of Nicoya from El Establo Mountain Hotel, Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Why Monteverde Costa Rica should be on your Bucket Lis

Monteverde is in the Tilaran mountain range, about a four-hour drive from the Central Valley.  The cloud forest covers about 180 square miles and it was named one of the seven wonders of Costa Rica.  These are only a few reasons why a trip up this gorgeous mountain is a must on your next visit....
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Quetzal at Monteverde, Costa Rica, photo courtesy of Rony Castro, naturalist guide at El Establo Mountain Hotel.

Birding at El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde, Costa Rica

If you’re learning more about birding, or already an avid birdwatcher wanting to check a few more species off your list, Monteverde is the place for you. What better place to enjoy this activity than in a tropical cloud forest, where you may combine birding with nightwalks, ziplines through nature, butterfly parks, spa treatments and...
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One of the lines through the cloud forest at Tree Top Canopy at El Establo Mountain Hotel

Experience the Tree Top Canopy Tour at El Establo Mountain Hotel

You are flying through the cloud forest, with your arms outstretched, feeling the brisk air on your face, a bird’s eye view to the lush forest below.  You’re not dreaming, you’re doing the Superman cable, the last one of 16 zip lines at the Tree Top Canopy Tour inside El Establo Mountain Hotel.  During a...
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Why stopping in Monteverde is a must in Costa Rica

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. Why, do you ask? Here are...
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El Establo Mountain Hotel aerial view. Monteverde, Costa Rica.

El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde, Costa Rica, from breathtaking views to beds that wrap you up at night

There are many factors that make a hotel stay an exceptional one.  One of them, as they say in real estate is location, location, location. For El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde, Costa Rica, the sheer expansiveness of their grounds (52 hectares, equivalent to 128 acres) is one of their greatest features.  You can stay...
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Culinary options in Monteverde

Culinary options in Monteverde What food are you craving? Would you like to be adventuresome and try Fusion Cuisine, or you’d like some comfort food like pasta or pizza?  The Monteverde-Santa Elena area has a surprising variety of restaurants for visitors to enjoy.  If you’d like some reasonably priced local fare, you can try a...
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El Establo Canopy Tour

Make the best of your Monteverde Cloud Forest experience

How is a cloud forest different from a rain forest?  Don’t let lack of preparation cut your experience short. Most important of all, take time to sharpen your senses and take it all in during your stay at El Establo Mountain Resort.  There are two cloud forest reserves in the Monteverde area. The Monteverde Cloud...
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The Spa at El Establo Mountain Hotel

The Green Leaf Spa located at El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde offers treatments ranging from facials fit for a queen, wraps using clay or algae, relaxing or deep tissue massages, all in a setting designed to calm and soothe the senses. The cloud forests of Monteverde offer close up contact with nature and options...
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Culinary options in Monteverde

Culinary options in Monteverde What food are you craving? Would you like to be adventuresome and try Fusion Cuisine, or you’d like some comfort food like pasta or pizza?  The Monteverde-Santa Elena area has a surprising variety of restaurants for visitors to enjoy.  If you’d like some reasonably priced local fare, you can try a...
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Quakers and Conservation: Find out how the town of Monteverde was born

This ecotourism jewel in the crown of Costa Rica’s ecotourism portfolio came about due to an interesting convergence of events.  A group of Quakers and pacifists from Alabama who objected to the US’s war efforts came to Costa Rica in the 1940’s mainly inspired by the country’s recent abolition of the army. They searched for an ideal location for their community...
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What to pack for Costa Rica

What to Pack for your Costa Rica vacation

Coming to Costa Rica soon on vacation? Here are some quick and easy trip tips on what to pack for your Costa Rica vacation. CLOTHING Quick-dry or similar non-wrinkle outdoor clothing is the best for Costa Rica’s variable climates. Comfortable beach-wear and light tropical clothing for the coasts and lower elevations. At least one long-sleeved...
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10 Vital cultural tips to know when traveling to Costa Rica

Knowing a little something about a country’s cultural and social nuances before you travel there could mean the difference between having a fun or a frustrating vacation. You’d want the same for a visitor in your own country, so why not make cultural awareness just as important as what you pack when planning an international...
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Family Vacation Costa Rica

Best fall family vacation in Costa Rica

October and November means autumn school breaks, and Thanksgiving Week in the USA. It’s time for your fall family vacation. This year, be ahead of the learning curve and visit one of the world’s largest “outdoor classrooms” in the sun and tropics of Costa Rica. Imagine discovering animals and plants that you have never seen...
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Costa Rica is top family travel destination

Top 9 family vacation spots in Costa Rica

The entire country arguably could be considered one big outdoor classroom – filled to the brim with amazing nature and exciting adventure. For this reason, Costa Rica has become one of the top family vacation destinations in the world. All in one small country you can find warm tropical weather, beautiful beaches along two oceans...
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Hanging Bridges Costa Rica. On Monteverde's Sky Walk.

Best Hanging Bridges Tours in Costa Rica

Little was known about life up in the canopy of tropical forests until biologists started using ropes and pulleys to climb their way up. Treetops in the tropics reach so high that it was nearly impossible to explore. Scientists now know that about 90% of all of the organisms in a rainforest are found in...
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Enjoy an Arenal safari float adventure on the Penas Blancas River in Costa Rica

Arenal River Safari is a Fun Floating Adventure

The neat thing about river rafting is that you get to see parts of the country that otherwise go unnoticed. The Peñas Blancas River in north central Costa Rica is a good example. The clear tropical river runs through the Tilaran Mountain Range, fed by pristine waters of the Monteverde cloud forest, and converges with...
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The Visit of a Lifetime — Monteverde

The year was 1998. There was a very small flow of visitors coming to Costa Rica, about 100,000 according to the official numbers. A decade later, that number has increased up to 2 million tourists per year. This $1.9 billion industry is mainly based on Eco-tourism and has been driven by the green buzzword. As...
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