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Monteverde’s cloud forest is a reserve of some 4,500 hectares. Among the mammals found here are five species of feline, and the bird species include Costa Rica’s national bird, the resplendent quetzal.

The reserve straddles the continental divide at around 1,440 metres altitude northwest of San José. Its altitudinal range gives the area a rich biodiversity, and, along with the adjacent Santa Elena Reserve, Monteverde is considered to be one of the most outstanding protected areas in Central America.

Weather from the Caribbean and Pacific create a cloud forest ecosystem that is home to over 100 species of mammal, 400 birds, tens of thousands of insects (including 5,000 different moths) and 2,500 plants (including 420 varieties of orchid).

Activities focus on walking the network of trails within the park,  where you are likely to spot some of the reserve’s 30 species of hummingbird.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: bare-necked umbrellabird, swallow-tailed kite, keel-billed toucan, ocelot, resplendent quetzal
  • Where: Puntarenas province, Costa Rica

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Natural Highlights

An exceptional trip to discover Costa Rica’s abundant birds and wildlife amid its forests, lagoons and beaches. Highlights include the canals of Tortuguero, Arenal’s volcanic landscapes and howler monkeys, spectacular birdwatching in Monteverde’s cloud forests, canopy walkways and idyllic beaches.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Cloud Forests & Mountains

Enjoy the beauty and spectacle of Costa Rica's flora and fauna on this fantastic tailor made trip, encompassing the best of the country. Exploring rainforests and coastlines, the itinerary is designed to introduce you to the incredible variety of birds, wildlife and plant species to be found in Costa Rica.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Costa Rica Family Adventure

This family trip has plenty of interesting activities to introduce you to tropical wildlife, yet there is also ample time to relax (all hotels have a pool) if you wish. The distances are not great, so you won’t waste time travelling, but have maximum opportunity to enjoy Costa Rica to the full.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Pacific Coast Journey

Discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica’s Cordillera region and Pacific coastline. From the small yet spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park to the hummingbirds of Monteverde, the trip culminates with a few days at the remote Osa Peninsula, a beautiful natural paradise on the Pacific Coast.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Cloud Forest Lodge

Cloud Forest Lodge is a tranquil property, with more than five kilometres of trails in the surrounding forest, where some 180 species of birds are known to live. The bungalow-style rooms are equipped with all modern amenities and the beautiful gardens make a great place to relax, rest and enjoy nature.

Hotel Fonda Vela

Hotel Fonda Vela nestles in landscaped grounds close to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, surrounded by more than a kilometre of private nature trails. Its isolation and peaceful setting make it ideal for watching birds; both parrot and toucan feed in the wild fruit trees, and resplendant quetzal are sometimes seen.