Santa Elena Cloud Forest is near Monteverde and has similar biodiversity, but is slightly smaller and less visited which may well be your preference if you like things less developed.
It was one of the country's first ever community managed reserves with profits from entrance fees going directly to help the local community - we like that!
Walking trails lead you through the rich vegetation and past hanging vines. Small mammals, birds and insects abound and this is one of the best places in the country to see and hear howler monkeys. And there are great views of Arenal volcano.
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.