Monteverde is the epicenter of cloud forest exploration. Discover the cloud forest from every angle: on ziplines above the trees, over hanging bridges in the canopy, and along walking trails on the forest floor.
Transfer to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve on the continental divide for a hike through the high elevation forest with a professional naturalist guide. Trek through the misty forests’ dense vegetation and majestic trees. You’ll have a chance to see massive prehistoric tree ferns, many of the bird species that call Monteverde home, and trees covered in bromeliads. More than 400 bird species and 1,500 plant species live in the reserve, so there’s plenty to see! Between January and July you even have a chance to spot the shy Resplendent Quetzal bird. After your morning hike, check out the small, on-site hummingbird garden and enjoy fresh Costa Rican coffee and pastries before returning to your hotel.
You will have a short transfer this morning to Costa Rica Sky Adventures. The Sky Tram is designed to give guests an amazing and unique view of the Monteverde Cloud Forest from this high-technology cableway. The tour begins with 30 minutes on the cable way with a Costa Rican guide, keeping an eye out for wildlife. At the end of the ride you’ll find yourself on a wide observation platform where the excitement truly begins! The Sky Trek is one of the most extensive canopy tours in the country, containing 11 cross sectional zip lines. After that adrenaline rush, you’ll have some time to relax and enjoy the amazing views of San Carlos, Guanacaste, and Puntarenas.
Coffee is grown in the mountainous highlands of Costa Rica making the Monteverde Cloud Forest the perfect destination to learn more about your favorite morning beverage. This tour gives insight into the world of coffee, chocolate, and sugarcane production in Costa Rica. The tour begins with an introduction to the life cycle of the coffee plant, taking a look at its fascinating evolutionary cycle. You’ll learn about how coffee cherries are picked, see the way the pulp of the cherry was originally removed, visit the drying patio and the warehouse. You’ll get to see the selection of coffee beans as well as the roasting and packaging processes of the Don Juan coffee. Then, discover the history of the cocoa pod, make your own chocolate using traditional Costa Rican recipes, and taste! Next, try for yourself the traditional Costa Rican method of extracting sugar cane juice using el trapiche and taste test again. Finally, return to the main building to enjoy a cup of Don Juan coffee and browse the extensive collection of Costa Rican culinary souvenirs.
This tour begins in the nature center, where you’ll hear a general overview of insects. Explore the four gardens of the butterfly gardens, each of which represents a local habitat (such as hot lowlands, deep forest, mid-elevation forest edge, and cloud forest.) You’ll learn about butterfly natural history as you walk, and an experienced guide will help you to locate and observe as many different kinds as possible. At the end of the tour is a special exhibit on Leaf Cutter Ants, one of the country’s most interesting insects. While you might spot them working away in the forest, at the butterfly garden you’ll be able to see their underground excavations as well! After the tour, you can go back to the gardens for pictures, visit the medicinal plant garden, bird watch from the balcony, or enjoy a 20 minute film on the butterflies of Costa Rica.
See the countryside and back roads of Monteverde and Santa Elena on horseback. This tour is great for a variety of ages and skill levels as your expert guides can accommodate the tour to meet your needs. The tour passes through the little town of Santa Elena, down dirt roads, by cattle ranches, and even briefly into the neighboring Guanacaste province. Finally, tie up at a charming coffee shop for a short coffee and snack break before heading back to the ranch.
Eight suspension bridges ranging between 170 and 560 feet combine to create this 2 mile trail in the treetops. This is the longest bridge system in the country. A specially trained guide will lead you through the park and give ornithological, cultural, and biological facts about this stunning high-elevation forest. The only major difference between Selvatura Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is location – Selvatura is on the Atlantic side of the forest and Monteverde is on the Pacific side.