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Monteverde & Santa Elena


Originally a small Quaker settlement, Monteverde and the nearby Costa Rican village of Santa Elena are located up in the Tilarán mountain range. The area has two protected cloud forest reserves that are home to hundreds of species of birds including the iconic but rare resplendent quetzal. Although shrouded in cloud for much of the time, on a clear day it is possible to see from Monteverde right across to the Pacific Ocean and Nicoya Peninsular. Fantastic for hiking and zip-lining, Monteverde is one of Costa Rica’s highlights and premier destinations.

The relatively cooler climate of Monteverde is perfect for hiking and exploring the atmospheric and wildlife rich cloud forest reserves.

Best months to visit Monteverde & Santa Elena

Our hand-picked hotels in Monteverde & Santa Elena

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourites in Monteverde & Santa Elena.

Best reasons to visit Monteverde & Santa Elena

Monteverde & Santa Elena are Costa Rica’s famous high mountain cloud forest reserves. Here are our top highlights in the area.

A choice of rapid zip-lines including the highest in the country

Misty and mysterious hanging bridges

Hiking in the cloud forest nature reserves of Santa Elena and Monteverde

Night tour of the hidden valley

Discover Don Juan chocolate on a tour and tasting

Weather Averages for Monteverde & Santa Elena

Other destinations in Costa Rica

Monteverde is a classic destination in Costa Rica, especially for bird and wildlife enthusiasts. Explore more of what Costa Rica has to offer with the links below.

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