Monteverde Cloud Forest

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Located in northwestern Costa Rica high up in the mountains is the town of Monteverde. It’s home to several hundred people and is known for its many natural attractions and for being one of the country’s leading ecotourism destinations. Nearby is the larger settlement of Santa Elena, which has a population of around 6,500 and is somewhat more developed. Both have their own cloud forest reserve and together attract some quarter of a million tourists to the area each year. Thanks to Monteverde’s reserve and its impressive biodiversity, it’s been named one of the country’s seven natural wonders.

Due to the town being some 4,600 feet above sea level, it’s a lot cooler than other parts of the country, though still pleasantly warm year-round. Its rainy season typically runs from May to October, with September the wettest month by far. The town’s noticeably dry during the first few months of the year, with February the driest and March the warmest. For accommodation, there’s a broad range of options available that cater for pretty much every budget. Generally speaking, they tend to be more rustic than luxurious in character, though they’re still clean and well presented with plenty of amenities and facilities for guests to make use of. There’s a good amount of choice available in the town itself, with options including self-catering apartments, rental homes, modern hotels and homely cabins. Most options, however, are to be found in Santa Elena.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is undoubtedly the area’s principal attraction. It's been open since 1972 and covers some 10,500 hectares of cloud forest - forest that frequently has mist or low-level clouds present among the vegetation. It contains no fewer than six different ecological zones and is known for the rich diversity of both its flora and its fauna. Throughout the reserve are suspension bridges, walking trails and even zip lines; there’s also a nature centre with a variety of animal displays. Guided treks, horseback rides and canopy tours are readily available. When not exploring the reserve, many who come here enjoy visiting the cheese factory and learning about how it’s produced and how it ties in with the town’s Quaker history. Tours of the town’s many coffee plantations are also popular.


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Two week holiday in Costa Rica with a focus on the wildlife. Includes Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Osa Peninsula and Uvita

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from $3,676 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,256 pp plus flights

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Two week self-drive Costa Rica family holiday covering all the highlights including Tortugeuro, Arenal, Monteverde Rain Forest, Nosara Beach and Manuel Antonio National Park.

Tailor-made Classic 15 days

Adults from $2,673 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,928 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

2 Week Green Season itinerary featuring Monteverde Cloudforest, Arenal Volcano, Tortugeuro National Park and the sunny Caribbean Coast

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from $4,190 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $0 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,592 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $0 per person economy class from London

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- Contemporary Eco Hotel
- 24 Rooms
- Access to Aguti Wildlife Reserve
- Good Value

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- 27 Bedroom Lodge
- Beautiful Forest Setting
- Swimming Pool
- Friendly Service and Good Food

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7/10

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- Rural eco-lodge with stunning views
- Near Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
- Spacious rooms, restaurant/bar and lounge
- Hiking trails and zipline canopy tours

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  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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