Monteverde Travel Guide

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Monteverde Things to Do

  • Monteverde Cloud Forest

    I got a day tour for the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve which is at 4,660 feet (1,440 meters) above sea level, "where a blanket of clouds and mist provides a unique, wet habitat that’s home to six distinct ecosystems and amazing biodiversity." We were picked up early from our hotel in Playa Flamingo, and we began our 2 hour drive to the...

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  • ZIP LINE IN SELVATURA!

    OMG! What a rush! What at phenomenal experience! What? Seventeen (17) zip lines that took about 3 hours in total from suiting up with gear, a slight instruction and we were on our way! All for about US$45 per person! I would do this again and again anytime! Two of the longest zip lines were 750 and 1000 meters long! Pay a little more and you can be...

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  • Sloth Sanctuary in Monteverde

    Sloths are such cute animals, and these guys take care of injured animals or otherwise in need of help.The 1 hour tour starts with a short (10-15 minutes) video about the sanctuary history, followed by a 15 minutes explanation, and culminating with the view of some 10 sloths - 2 and 3 toe types residing there. The cost is a stiff $20 per person...

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Monteverde Hotels

  • Hotel Belmar

    5655, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Los Pinos - Cabanas y Jardines

    300 Este escuela publica Cerro Plano, Cerro Plano, Monteverde, , 77-5655, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Monteverde Lodge

    After being so disappointed with our stay at Tortuga Lodge, Monteverde Lodge was a complete turn...

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Monteverde Restaurants

  • Breakfast at Hotel El Establo

    Breakfast buffet was included with our hotel stay and it was really good! Everything from eggs, meats, fruit, yogurt, cereal, etc. A large dining area at the bottom of the property near the registration desk.

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  • Dine up in a Tree!

    We had a really great dinner at this restaurant. Started with fish ceviche which was delicious! Entrees were really delicious, too!

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  • Gest Gallo Pinto I Had

    As guests at the Cabinas Pueblos Hostel, the lady recommended to us to go to a certain soda up the hill. We went there, and didn't exactly enjoy it. Turns out from the guidebooks, it's her mother's soda. For our next breakfast we decided to try Soda Mary's, right next door to Soda Amistad. It had a few tables, it was very clean, you can see right...

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Monteverde Nightlife

  • Dancing and Drinks

    La Guarida has stained glass..amazing food..tasty drinks and beautiful bathrooms! What more would you like?? Dress code depends on what you are looking for..dress to impress!

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  • Perfect place to meet locals and other...

    This bar has live music (that kind of sucked..they had all kinds of technical problems) but the atmosphere is great. Locals and tourists mix here (I met the guide from the Frog pond here) and everyone is totally down to earth, relaxed, and eager to have a good time. We also met a British girl that volunteers in the rain forest and a Canadian couple...

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  • Nice surprise in the middle of nowhere!

    To tell the truth the onlt night entertainment I expected in Monteverde was night hike. When we discovered this place conviniently located close to our hotel I was pleasantly surprised.

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Monteverde Transportation

  • GPS in Costa Rica

    When arrived we have rented a 4-wheel car (which is absoluyely a must in Costa Rica) with GPS. It turned out to be hard to use. The map of Costa Rica was not complete and lacked a lot of distanations. Take into account that there are no precise addresses over there. A tipical address sounds like. "go about 300m, you will see a churce on your left,...

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  • Getting to the coasts without going thru...

    Everything seems to go to or from San Jose. I didn't want to spend all day on the road going back there and then on to the Pacific coast. The local cheap buses would have taken up at least a day, maybe more. Flying back would have taken 2 days because of the timing. So I had a driver drive me from Monteverde to Samara. Took about 4 hours, and the...

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  • Bus to Rain Forest

    This is actually a city bus that runs up and down the street between Santa Elena ad the Monteverde rain forest.It's an old yellow bus, with the words Pulaski County on the side. Goes from the triangle in St Elena to the MCF in about 20-30 minutes. Runs 5 times a day. 600Colones, or about $1.25

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Monteverde Shopping

  • Artwork, Jewelry & Souvenirs

    We stopped in this little store that was not really all that little. Lots of stuff to see. Didn't buy anything because I really didn't know what to buy. I try not to buy "stuff" unless it has a practical use or I really "love" it. But, I did think this was a nice store.

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  • Souvenir shop

    There is a big shop in the center of Santa Elena where you will find all kind of souvenirs. Buy you souvenirs here as it is cheaper than in the rest of the country. You can also enter the shop through the supermarket.

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  • Monteverde Poster

    Actualy, we saw this poster in many shops. Two I can remember are the SkyWalk / SkyTrek shop in Santa Elena, just beside the bus stop and Chunches Library . I fell in love with the Monteverde poster. It makes an amazing souvenir and a beautiful and colorful art piece for my living-room. Plus, it helps the Cloud Forest school. All proceeds from the...

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Monteverde Local Customs

  • Draft animals are still used for...

    Be careful on the roads as you may quickly come up to an ox-cart or horses. In many ways these make more sense than a tractor, but I'm sure 20 years from now all we will see is tractors. You will of course still need to watch out for those!

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  • mantenimiento caminos y carreteras...

    when you arrive at Santa Elena and Monteverde at the end of all those holes of the bumpy ride and you are asked a free offer of 100 colones (less then 20 cents of euros) for the maintenance of the roads, you don't even think to say no thanks ;-)...

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  • Monteverde Hotels

    19 Hotels in Monteverde

Monteverde Warnings and Dangers

  • A Bumpy Trip

    The Monteverde at this location is not the one that most people who come to Costa Rica come to visit. It is not where the famous Cloud Forest is located. If you look at the map, this Monteverde (one of six listed in Costa Rica) is actually close to the Caribbean coast. The more famous Monteverde is in Puntarenas province and is in the mountains...

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  • Canopy tour

    I personally don't like the canopy tour, in which you whizz from one platform to another above the rainforest using a cable system. It is mainly for those who love the thrills. Keep in mind that you can't truly enjoy nature this way as you zip quickly across.Accidents do happen, ensure you do enough research about the companies before taking a...

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  • have I got a room for you!

    Beware. When taking the jeep-boat-jeep to Monteverde(actually Santa Elena), the driver will arrive in Monteverde and pull over. An ‘owner’ of a local hotel will probably be there, and give you a great deal on a few rooms she has left. For one, it probably isn’t her hotel, for two it may not be a great deal. Hotels often pay someone to lure...

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Monteverde Tourist Traps

  • Beware package deals from Flora and...

    The tour desk at Hotel Helicona was very pleased to sell us outrageously overpriced package tours that we were impossible to even take. For example, despite my numerous skeptical inquiries, they assured us that we could complete both a zipline tour, a canopy skywalk tour, and visit the snake and insect houses during a trip departing the hotel at...

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  • Buy tickets to atractions separately

    We made a mistake since we bough a package of tickets for snakes, frogs, and butterfly exhibitions and for sky walk in one of numerous agencies. Late we figured that If you pay each fee separately at the entrance the price is the same. For sky walk nobody was asking for tickets so we could have done it for free.

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  • Save the worst for the last...Butterfly...

    I think we only saw 2-3 interesting butterflies in here. For $8 we expected more than that. As soon as I stepped out of the building, right outside I saw a couple of much nicer species...actually they were everywhere but in the Butterfly Garden.Guide was excellent though and she made our visit interesting. Serpentario and Frog Pond are more...

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Monteverde What to Pack

  • Rain proof

    Small rucksack for your day trip in the cloud forest Bring light cotton cloths, a sweater or jacket for the nights, good walking shoes, and a raincoat. Don't forget your sunglasses and head protection. Insect repellant with DEET, good protection for the intensive sun (factor 20). Medical precaution: hepatitis A and B.We didn't bring anything...

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  • Don't forget to carry a flashlight with...

    Rain jacket is necessary because you are in a cloud forest! The humidity is always high and it can be wet, even in the dry season. The flashlight is essential, especially if you plan to walk away from Santa Elena, which is more like a downtown area. The road out of Santa Elena doesn't have street lights and can get very dark at night.

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  • Cold (or relatively so anyway)

    It is "cold" in Monteverde, especially on the many days when it is raining. By cold I mean about 10 C with no sun and very damp. This might not seem to cold when you come from weather that is -5, but after spending a couple days at the coast of Costa Rica where the sun is warm and the temperature is in the low thirties during the day and mid 20s...

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Monteverde Off The Beaten Path

  • Hotsprings in Monteverde!

    Okay, so you need to take a 45 minute shuttle to get to them.. but they are owned by a Monteverde Hotel...?? Sooo worth it, nothing but virgin forests and pools of different water! Call the Hotel El Sapo Dorado for an excursion, they don't smell either! The attendant fed us fresh fruit from the surrounded trees, and we watched monkeys in the trees...

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  • Now that's a spider

    Tarantulas are plentiful in the forests and jungles of Costa Rica. They are big animals (for invertabrates) and will feed on lizards and even very small mammals. But tarantuals are little concerned with people. They are nocturnal and you are not apt to come across a tarantula unless you stick your hand into a burrow in a tree or under some roots....

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  • Now that's a beetle

    The cloudforest is surprisingly devoid of active creepie-crawlies. Looking at the thick jungle like atmosphere, it seems as if hordes of multi-legged, biting, venemous creatures should be making a bee-line for the hiker's exposed skin. But in reality, insects, milipedes, slugs and other creepie-crawlies are seldom seen. Part of the reason is that...

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Monteverde Sports & Outdoors

  • Cannoping in MonteVerde

    Canopy is a must right here, it's a little extreme but it worth. We do at Sky Trek and it was little scary at the begining, they give you like 6 training cables, and the ending 5 are great. You can't see the end in some of them. We do it in Sky Trek and they provide all the equipment.

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  • ZIP lines!

    There are 4 different zip line tours in Monteverde. We went on the Skytrek. We got to do 16 cables (don't know why the site says 11). It was so cool to whip through the trees and even above them. After you get over your inital fear of dying it is tones of fun. It is provided. And you are always attached to the cable, but the pulley and a safety...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Monteverde General

  • Weather in Winter

    In Arenal and Monteverde it can be cloudy most days that time of year, especially at Arenal and La Fortuna. At the coast, the weather is very good. It is considered the dry season (as well as the high season) but that is mostly at the coast. The later you go in March the better chance you will have in seeing Arenal Volcano. I have been there 6...

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  • Cloud forest

    Cloud forests are found at an altitude of at least 1500 m. The forest is shrouded in mist for 9 months of the year. The mist and clouds come with the trade winds of the Pacific Ocean. The vegetation is somewhat different from the rest of the rain forest. Here you will find plants that grow well in this colder and more humid environment like moss...

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  • Gotta love those baby sloths

    As we were traveling along, close to Monteverdi we noticed a boy by the side of the road with a strange looking animal in his arms. We stopped and chatted with him. It turns out that it was a baby sloth, which you are of course not allowed to keep as pets, however, this one was blind and had been abandoned by it's mother. Or so the story goes.....

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Zip through the jungle!
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Monteverde Biological Reserve
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
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Guided walk in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
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Ecological Farm Twilight Walk
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Learn Spanish while in Monteverde
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Animals in the trees
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Night hike in the jungle
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Cloud Forest Reserve
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Canopy Tours
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Hummingbird Garden
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Get a guide for the Cloud Forest
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Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Internet - pricey
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Good local cuisine
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Ziplining
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upscale a bit
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Frogs!
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Jeep-Boat-Jeep
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Night hike in Monteverde
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The Serpentarium
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Hiking in the Monteverde Cloud Forest National Pk
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Zip Lining and Hanging Bridge Tour
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Getting to Monteverde
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Reserva Santa Elana...
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Road newly paved: no sidewalks
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Stray dogs
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Unique Ambience
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Take a guide!
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Sky Trek - Monteverde
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Hanging bridges
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Guided night walk
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Hike The Forest
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Don't Feed the Dogs
Warnings and Dangers
Four Wheel Drive Vehicle
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If you do nothing else, do the ZIP LINE!!!!
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Hummingbird garden
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Bumpy road
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Sofia
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