One of the most visited places in Costa Rica is Monteverde at the north of the province of Puntarenas. Monteverde is home to one of the rarest habitats on Earth, the cloud forest, along with an amazing variety of flora and fauna.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is unique compared to other tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, with a constant haze, hence its name. The high humidity at this altitude, 1,600 meters above sea level (5250 ft), creates the fog and a dense cloud cover over the area.
The Monteverde area has several dairy farms, which produce some delicious cheeses. The dairy farms were established by the Quakers who emigrated from the United States to Costa Rica to avoid World War II. Today Monteverde cheese is one of the best in Costa Rica. The Quakers were very dedicated and passionate in developing Monteverde and preserving its true and unique cloud forest.
Conservationists are doing everything possible to protect the 25,000 acres of this fantastic area. In fact, Monteverde has 2000 species of plants, 100 species of mammals and 400 species of birds.
Please note that a majority of lodging options are located in the neighbouring town of Santa Elena which is 10 km (6.2 mi) far from Monteverde.
Budget: Cabinas El Pueblo Bed & Breakfast – Lovely rural and picturesque Bed & Breakfast where you’ll be able to enjoy coffee coming from its own plantation!
Mid-range: La Guayaba Monteverde – Comfortable and centrally-located hotel that offers a quiet environment close to the city centre.
Splurge: Casa Batsu – Quality hotel with bright and colorful rooms. You can enjoy a breakfast on the nice terrace or take a walk in the garden.
Due to its altitude, the temperature in Monteverde is much cooler than in the rest of the country and rainfall is abundant throughout the year, except the 3 dry months. The average temperature in this zone is around 18ºC (64°F) and the dry season goes from December to March. Therefore that would be the best time to go to Monteverde.
Monteverde rhymes with exuberant nature, ecotourism and Biological Reserves, so the main activities of this town are related to hiking, adventures between the treetops, observation of local flora and fauna and rest surrounded by an absolute green.
You can visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where there are more than 400 species of birds, 2500 species of plants, 100 species of mammals, 120 species of reptiles and amphibians and, of course, thousands of insects. This reserve was created for the purpose of protecting the flora, fauna and water resources of the area, and to carry out both scientific studies and environmental education programs.
Today it is possible to visit it on its own or with a guide and discover it through its many trails that cover approximately 13 km (8 mi). The most striking is the one known as “The Window” or the hanging bridge “Wilford Guindon”.
The reserves of Santa Elena and Bosque Eterno de los niños are also worth visiting if you want to keep discovering the wonderful flora and fauna of the region.
There are also a lot of excursions to do in the surroundings of Monteverde, like going to San Luis waterfall, visit the butterfly garden, or climb the Cerro Amigos to hopefully be able to see the Arenal volcano!
Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.
Land – You can rent a car and drive by yourself or take a bus. There are direct buses from San José and Puntarenas to Monteverde. Another option is to take a bus to the neighbouring town of Santa Elena and then to take another one to Monteverde.
A bus ride from San José to Monteverde should take 4:30h and cost $5, and from Puntarenas to Monteverde it should take 3 hours and cost $2.65.
Air – There is no airport in Monteverde, the closest airports are in Liberia (122 km, 76 mi) and in San José (133 km, 83 mi).