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Monteverde Cloud Forest & Biological Reserve
Selected Hotels, Optional Tours, Suggested Itineraries

Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Monteverde Cloud Forest
The Monteverde Cloud Forest and nearby Santa Elena Reserve, at an altitude of over 4000 feet, support six distinct ecological communities of plants and animals with over 2000 plant species and more than 320 species of birds. Monteverde is home to the resplendent Quetzal, with its metallic green feathers and golden highlights, to the Golden Toad, unique to this area, and to a myriad of breathtakingly beautiful butterflies.

Straddling the Continental Divide at 1440 meters (4662 feet), the Santa Elena and Monteverde Cloud Forest area offers one of the most interesting places to visit in Costa Rica.

In Costa Rica's Monteverde rainforest are found more than 100 species of mammals including five species of cats, over 400 species of birds including 30 kinds of hummingbirds, tens of thousands of insect species (over 5000 species of moths) and 2500 species of plants, including 420 kinds of orchids. The area is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the New World Tropics.

Our Selected Hotels
First Class
Trapp Family Lodge
This cozy new 20-room inn pays tribute to its setting with beautiful tropical wood appointments, private balcony in each guest room, and a family-style restaurant fronted by huge picture windows and a balcony overlooking gardens and verdant rain forest. Set in a small private reserve, the lodge is ideal for families or anyone appreciative of a warm, homey atmosphere and a convenient location just a few minutes walk from the Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica.
Trapp Family Lodge, Monteverde, Costa RicaSuperior Room, Trapp Family Lodge, Monteverde, Costa Rica
Superior First Class
El Establo
El Establo Hotel is located in the heart of the tourist area of Monteverde. It is the only hotel in Monteverde that has a swimming pool with a view of the Gulf of Nicoya. The hotel features a private forest with walking trails and views of the gulf and sunsets. All rooms are equipped with queen size beds, private bath, telephone, closets and are fully carpeted. The Master Suites have balconies overlooking the gulf and have a loft with a king size bed.
El Establo Hotel, Monteverde, Costa RicaStandard Room, El Establo Hotel, Monteverde, Costa Rica
Deluxe & Deluxe Plus Class
Tucked away in the lush mountains of Monteverde Cloud Forest, atop the Central American Continental Divide, Belmar Hotel offers breath-taking views of the Gulf of Nicoya and the surrounding rainforest, combined with personalized service in a comfortable, rustic atmosphere. The Swiss Chalet-style hotel offers 34 rooms with wood paneling and French doors, each with private bathroom and hot water, all just moments away from the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve.
Belmar Hotel, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa RicaRoom with Balcony, Belmar Hotel, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

On the road to Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Countryside on the way to Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Suggested Optional Monteverde Day Tours
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The Frog Pond is an exhibit of over 20 species of frogs and toads endemic to the Monteverde area.
Stroll through Monteverde Butterfly Farm's enclosed tropical garden filled with approximately 1,000 live butterflies.
Monteverde Children's Eternal Rainforest
Frog Pond Tour
Butterfly Farm Tour
Children's Eternal Rainforest Nightwalk Tour

See traditional Costa Rican oxcarts on EcoAdventures Trapiche Cultural Tour
Trapiche Cultural Tour
After a hike into the rainforest, rappel up a giant tree to a platform 110 feet above ground and let the views take your breath away on EcoAdventures' Monteverde Rainforest Canopy Tour.
SkyTram, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Sky Trek & Sky Tram Combined Tour
Rainforest Canopy Zipline Tour

Monteverde Cloud Forest Natural History Hike
Travel through forest, trails and open fields on EcoAdventures' Monteverde Horseback Tour.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is home to the Hummingbird Gallery, where visitors can get up close to the many species of hummingbirds that stop here on their migration to North America.
Walkways Natural History Hike
Monteverde Reserve via Horseback Tour
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Tour

*Rates subject to change without notice.
**Child rates apply to children 6-10 years of age.
Many tours do not permit children under 6.
All tours require a minimum of two participants unless otherwise specified

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