When you picture Costa Rica, you probably think first about unspoiled beaches and intense jungle, correct? What if I told you that in addition to all that, there is a place in the middle of Costa Rica where there is a huge Cloud Forest? Monteverde is, without a doubt, a must-do while in Costa Rica! In this blog post, I share my ultimate Monteverde travel guide with everything you need to know to organize your trip and enjoy the region to the fullest!
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How to get to Monteverde?
“Due to its location, Monteverde can be a great first (or final) stop of your Costa Rican road trip!”
How long to stay in Monteverde?
“As mentioned above, Monteverde’s climate is different from the other parts of Costa Rica. Therefore, I highly suggest taking a rainjacket and pullover as the temperature drops at the end of the day.”
Where to stay in Monteverde?
One thing to know is that usually visitors don’t stay in Monteverde town but in Santa Elena town (the town next to Monteverde village). One of the reasons is that Santa Elena offers cheaper accommodation options with notably a lot of different hostels. The center of town is also alive, packed with many restaurants and bars. On the contrary, Monteverde town is well-known to have various luxury resorts but without many things to do in the center of town.
We stayed in a lovely and clean hostel right in the center of Santa Elena town and I can’t recommend enough this place! We had a private room with an en-suite bathroom and two big double beds for less than $20 US per night. How awesome is that! On top of that, the common kitchen is massive with all you need to cook.
How to move around Monteverde?
Where to eat in Monteverde?
- Tree House restaurant for a great pizza night and cocktails // prices: $$
- The Open Kitchen for a great breakfast and deserts // prices: $$
What to do in Monteverde?
El Tigre Waterfalls
“As this place is very remote, I highly suggest you arrange transportation with El Tigre waterfalls directly (even though you have your own car). It costs $10 US round trip.”
entrance (hike only): $ USD 29
entrance (hike + jeep + lunch): $ USD 59
open daily from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm (last entrance)
“Aguti Reserve is a great place if you want to spend some time in the primary forest and hike several kilometers. It was not the best place to spot wildlife (even though we saw different birds and a group of coatis during our hike) but definitely a great place to observe the impressive flora!”
self-guided hike: USD $ 15
open daily from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
Valle Escondido Nature Reserve
“The park can be reached on foot from Santa Elana town in 30 minutes towards the south.”
self-guided tour: $ USD 18 per person
bird watching tour: $ USD 65 per person
open daily from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm
Reserve Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
“I know that usually people visit Monteverde Cloud Forest instead of Santa Elena Cloud Forest. However, at the time of our visit, the famous reserve had its main bridge completely broken.”
$ USD 16 per adult
open daily from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm