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Costa Rica: Monteverde and the cloud forest

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Native cloud forest has mostly been removed from the rolling Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range in Costa Rica’s northwest. Happily the protected Monteverde Reserve conserves a lush environment of humid vegetation so rich in wildlife that it has become a base for naturalists from all over the world.


The magical forest is frequently swathed in mist, which encourages the growth of mosses and ferns which add to the fairyland feel. The many indigenous mammals and birds can thrive undisturbed, and observation of many of these is more or less guaranteed. The park is the habitat of the Resplendent quetzal, and has the largest number of orchid varieties in the world.

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Our insider tips for Monteverde and the cloud forest

Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

Spotting a quetzal in Monteverde. This is Costa Rica’s elusive national bird, with a bright red and green plumage, and this is one of the best opportunities in the country to see one. 

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

A guided night walk at Monteverde, where you can enjoy the sounds of the creatures which do not sleep during the hours of darkness and spot, by torchlight, sloths, bats, spiders and roosting birds. 

Stuart

Stuart Whittington

A hike through Santa Elena Reserve, north of Monteverde. It is populated by quetzals, deer, sloths, ocelots and howler and capuchin monkeys and receives far fewer visitors. You may well spot a greater diversity of birds.
Margot

Margot Chard

Walking one of the many canopy walkways, suspended high above ground level and connecting by viewing platforms, so that you feel totally enveloped by the natural environment.

What our experts say

Costa Rica is a tropical paradise of steamy jungles, volcanoes and wild rivers. One of the highlights of my trip was hiking through the cool, misty Monteverde cloud-forest where there are six different habitats: a landscape that time forgot of tinkling streams, waterfalls, butterflies, hummingbirds and huge plants.

Ileen

Ileen Baiden

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