Monteverde Biological Reserve was founded in the 50s by a group of Quakers from the US; it is currently administered by the Tropical Science Center. It covers an area of 10,500 hectares (25946.4 acres). Located northwest of Costa Rica, in the provinces of Alajuela, Puntarenas and Guanacaste; within the Cordillera de Tilarán, it is a roughly three-hour trip from the Central Valley of Costa Rica. It is considered the best known cloud forest in the world due its biodiversity and its contribution to conservation and scientific research. Undoubtedly, the Biological Reserve of Monteverde Cloud Forest is one of the most impressive natural reserves worldwide.
Monteverde Biological Reserve has an impressive flora and fauna; it is home to more than a thousand species of plants and animals! Discover the flora and fauna, including jaguars, toucans, lions, monkeys and red-eyed tree frogs – just like in the brochures for Costa Rica! There are also 420 species of orchids, and 200 species of ferns.
The Quetzal is the most striking bird of the area, and its habitat – the rainforest, as well as bellbirds and the umbrella bird; also, you can admire the hummingbirds and finches among others.
Monteverde’s climate is very cool and rainy, so we recommend bringing warm and waterproof clothing.
Monteverde Biological Reserve attracts a considerable number of tourists and naturalists interested in mountain and tropical biodiversity.
The most significant activities for Monteverde tourism include: Birdwatching, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, zip line canopy tours, hanging bridges and many more.