Costa Rica Eco Tour To The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is a major destination for the tourists who are coming to explore Costa Rica and its splendid wonders of Nature. The mysterious jungle is famous for being one of the best spots where you can see a beautiful Quetzal with its colorful plumage. This Cloud Forest Biological Reserve will take your breath away for its intact beauty and richness of flora and fauna.
Monteverde is located in the province of Puntarenas just 45 minutes from Arenal Volcano. It’s about 4 and half hours away from San Jose which is the capital of Costa Rica. It is known to be one of the most outstanding nature reserves of the planet with its bio diversity and natural beauty. Cloud forests receive less rainwater than rain forest. However, they are by no means dry. Cloud forests are usually located at higher altitudes and hold on to the humidity.
Monteverde covers 8 biological reserves over an area of 10,522 hectares. It is home to over 100 species of mammals, over 400 species of birds, about 1200 species of amphibians and reptiles and probably more than 2000 species of trees and plants! The majestic beauty of this reserve equally awes travelers, nature lovers, biologists and scientists. Many of the species are on the endangered list and yet seem to thrive in Monteverde. Some of these exotic species that can be seen only in Monteverde include Jaguars, Pumas, Ocelots, Toucans, various species of monkeys, bellbirds and even the golden toad.
Further more, The Monteverde Cloud Forest is also home to more than 300 types of orchids and 200 types of ferns. You can admire both Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, especially if you indulge in one of the canopy tours offered. Monteverde has great hiking trails, skywalks, rappelling and zip Line canopy tours with suspended bridges. The best way to explore this cloud forest is by going on one of the famous Costa Rica zip line tours along the canopy as most life takes places high up there.
Early morning or late afternoon just before sunset is the best times to see some exotic birds like the Quetzals or one of the many species of Humming Birds. The migrating birds pass through there between February and May. During this time most birds are nesting as well and make it easier to spot some.
The little town called Santa Elena is located at the entrance of the forest. A community of Quakers that came from the U.S. during the 50s originally founded Monteverde and Santa Elena. There is also a smaller park called Santa Elena that is similar to Monteverde. This little village is quite spread out but still forms a nice friendly community today. It is also known for its cheese that is one of the best made in Costa Rica and bears the name of Monteverde.
People still live a very simple life in Santa Elena, but it has all the amenities necessary so that tourists enjoy a pleasant and stress free stay. You will find a bank, a pharmacy, a small clinic, a variety of shops, internet cafes, bars, restaurants, and of course a good choice of Inns, Hotels and Eco Lodges. Bear in mind that due to the altitude of the Tilaran Mountain Range, it can get quite chilly there. So make sure to bring warm clothing. Monteverde is a quiet and peaceful place that is lovely for relaxing and to enjoy the natural wonders of Costa Rica Nature.
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