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Monteverde Biological Reserve

The Monteverde Biological Reserve (Reserva Biológica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde) is an approximately 10,500-acre conservation area that was originally founded on a private initiative. It lies at an altitude of around 1500 meters on the slopes of the Cordillera de Tilarán and includes several different habitats; in the first place the cloud forests. The region around Monteverde is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics.

You can hike on trails of varying lengths through the reserve; either on your own, or with a guide from Santa Elena to Monteverde. There are nearly 14 miles of hiking trails. At the entrance you will find the park headquarters(where you must pay an insignificant entry) and a small restaurant with a gift shop as well as information about the conservation area.

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In the cloud forests of the region, about 100 different species of large mammals, of which five are species of felines, can be found. With more than 440 species of birds, including more than 30 species of hummingbirds, Monteverde is a particularly popular destination for birdwatchers. The flora leaves nothing to be desired. It has nearly 3000 plant species, including numerous species of mosses, ferns and bromeliads, as well as more than 400 types of orchids, 28 of which are endemic. These are exclusively found in the area of Monteverde and Santa Elena.

Therefore, Monteverde and its surrounding represent one of the richest areas of Central America.
The famous German wildlife filmmaker, Heinz Sielmann, made a film about the Monteverde Cloud Forest. With large-scale deployment, Sielmann shows the interior views of the mighty jungle.

The town of Monteverde

The small, friendly town of "Monte Verde" is located in the cloud forest reserve of the same name and offers a more tranquil picture. The village is spread over a wider area and although there are many visitors, these are quite well distributed.
There are numerous accommodation options, from simple Cabinas to sophisticated eco-hotels.

The trip to Monteverde is a little cumbersome. There are two different ways to reach the town and the reserve. When coming from the Arenal Lake, you travel through Tilaran and continue to the south shore of the lake. From there, you need to follow a 35 km bumpy dirt road to Monteverde. In the Arenal, the travelers will be offered an opportunity to go by boat and Jeep, to shorten the traveling time to only 3 hours.

A second gravel road, which is currently under expansion, leads from Monteverde to the south through Guacimal, to the Panamericana.

Santa Elena

The 2nd Starting point for a tour in the conservation area, is the small town of Santa Elena, which is located very central. The town was founded in 1951 by a group of North American Quakers, which settled in this area in order to avoid the military service. Today, you may notice a strong increase in tourism in this town. Many new Posadas, hotels and restaurants opened recently. A lot of installations offer visitors a wide range of tour options and outdoor activities.

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A satstem of trails connects Santa Elena and Monteverde. There are many vantage points located on it. The trail network includes a total of 12 kilometers of trails, you have to pay for admission.

the recommended Accommodation in Monteverde and Santa Elena: Arco Iris Lodge

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