Idyllic Monteverde is a 3 ˝ hr. drive from San Jose. Straddling the Continental Divide at 4,662 ft. above sea level, Monteverde may not be your image of the tropics: Here mist produced by constant hovering clouds and cool temperatures create the perfect environment for a lush cloud forest, where hundreds of bird and mammal species and thousands of insects and plants thrive. Monteverde was originally founded by American Quakers who purchased land to protect the area watershed, built a cheese factory (now a popular visitor attraction), the Friends School, and still hold silent meetings open to the public. There are three small settlements: Santa Elena, Cerro Plano and Monteverde which have a bank, post office, grocery store, clinic, and police station.
Two to three nights
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Although Monteverde follows the dry/wet season pattern, its climate is extremely unpredictable with changing constantly conditions mainly due to trade winds. It is not uncommon to see wet conditions even during dry season (December-April) so packing a raincoat or umbrella is always a good idea. Mild temperatures year ‘round range between 55 and 70F.
• Monteverde Reserve: One of the world’s most luxuriant cloud forests.
• Canopy Tours: Observation platforms, suspension bridges, zip lines.
• Bird Watching: Over 400 bird species have been recorded
• Horseback Riding