Among the most famous private reserves in the world the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a place nature lovers will experience biodiversity at it's very best.
The lush 4,000 hectares rests on both sides of the Continental Divide reaching an altitude of 1,534 meters (about 5,000 ft). Humid winds from the northeast carry clouds charged with water from the Caribbean toward the Pacific. The high mountains act as a barrier and as the clouds rise up to pass over the mountains they cool, releasing the humidity as rain.
Within the reserve's ecosystem you will find hundreds of mammals, birds, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles and insects - not to mention the enormous variety of plants and fungi.
You can hike through the park on your own or take a guided tour. You will have a much better chance of spotting wildlife with a guide.
Open every day from 7:00am till 4:00pm
Guided evening tours at 7:00pm and 9:30pm
Park entry fees
Natural history tour
Note: fees are subject to change without notice
To reserve a tour by email:
To make reservations in the Lodge at the entrance to the park:
Or call one of the following telephone numbers:
Fax: (506) 2645-5034
From San Jose, take highway #1 to Liberia. Drive 147 km, all the way to Rio Lagartos exit. Turn right and go for another 35 km on a dirt road with awesome sights. It is definitely recommended to have a 4x4 vehicle for this trip. Standard cars will bottom out in the ruts and valleys of the road. It will take about 3 hours from Lagartos to Monteverde. It is a precarious journey when the road is wet. We recommend you consider a guided tour if you plan on visiting during the rainy season (mid April-mid November)