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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