Founded in the 1950’s by a group of Quakers from the U.S., Monteverde has gained international renown as one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics. The reserve spreads out over 10,500 hectares of land that hold six different life zones. The climate and terrain of the preserve produce an incredible bio-diversity.
There are at least 400 bird species in this high elevation rain forest, including the Resplendent Quetzal, ancient holy bird of the Mayans, over 100 species of mammals, 120 species of amphibians and reptiles and an estimated 2,500 species of plants making Monteverde a true “nature lover’s paradise”. The preserve has a definite wet and dry season, though the upper levels have fog and rain much of the year.
Delicate orchids, more than 400 species, grace the limbs of majestic trees. Their captivating colors of whites, lilacs, and yellows contrast with the emerald green of the forest.
Aside from the preserve, some other places merit attention in nearby Santa Elena. The Children’s Eternal Rain Forest, the first international children’s rain forest in the world, the Monteverde Butterfly Garden, and the Hummingbird Gallery to name a few.
A novel and spectacular way to view the forest canopy without much physical effort is the “Skywalk”. Some of the bridges hang suspended at over 130 feet making for some truly spectacular views.
ARENAL / MONTEVERDE EXCURSION
DAY 1 – SAN JOSE / ARENAL
Early morning pick up at your hotel in San Jose. Scheduled enroute stop at La Paz Waterfall Gardens for tour and lunch. When you think about Costa Rica, you probably imagine lush tropical Rain Forests, flowing white rivers, spectacular waterfalls, birds, butterflies and flowers. At La Paz Waterfall Gardens, you will see all that and more. When you get to Arenal and after checking in at the hotel, enjoy a relaxing soak and dinner at the thermal pools of Tabacon Resort and Spa whose warm, mineral-rich waters are heated within the volcano. (L, D)
DAY 2 – ARENAL / MONTEVERDE
After an early morning breakfast, tour to the Rio Fortuna waterfall and hike down a steep trail to the base of the waterfall, where you can enjoy a cool swim in the river’s crystal clear waters or just enjoy the exuberant vegetation surrounding the canyon. Afternoon pick up at your hotel for Jeep / Boat / Jeep transfer to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Nighttime tour. (B)
DAY 3 – MONTEVERDE / SAN JOSE
Morning pick up at your hotel for Combination Sky Trek (zip line), Sky Walk (Hanging bridges) tour. Afternoon transfer back to your hotel in San Jose. (B)
$525.00.00 per person based on double occupancy (May 01 – Nov. 14, 2016)
$625.00.00 per person based on double occupancy (Nov. 15, 2016 – April 30, 2017)
Please inquire about pricing during Special Seasons(Dec. 22, 2016 – January 3, 2017), (April 9 – April 17, 2017)
One night lodging Monteverde
One night lodging Arenal
Meals where indicated: breakfast (B), lunch (L), dinner (D)
Tour to La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Entrance and dinner at Tabacon Grand Thermal Spa
Tour to La Fortuna waterfall
Nighttime tour Monteverde
Sky Trek / Sky Walk tour Monteverde
Private transfer from San Jose to Arenal
Jeep / Boat / Jeep transfer from Arenal to Monteverde