Cloud forest is high-elevation forest with a persistent, canopy-level cloud cover. This reserve is rich in flora and fauna, with centuries-old virgin forest where you may spot the endangered quetzal, a wonderfully colourful tropical bird. There are also several species of hummingbirds. Regularly seen mammals include howler and capuchin monkeys, deer, tapir, cats and sloths. Reptiles are similarly abundant and the vegetation is rich and varied.
There is a good range of trails here and canopy walks over high suspension bridges. You can check out the hummingbird gallery or the orchid and butterfly gardens.
Stay at one of the long established Monteverde hotels and experience warm, friendly family hospitality and magnificent views.
This friendly family-run hotel is surrounded by 150 acres of private cloudforest between Santa Elena and Monteverde.
Fonda Vela is ideal for exploring Monteverde Clouforest, and offers comfy accommodation and pretty gardens.
A welcoming lodge in lovely rainforest gardens, ideal for exploring and enjoying nature.
Time: GMT -6 hours
The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.
Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica
Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations.