Travel Attractions in Monte Verde
Monteverde is a small town in the middle of the cloud forests of central Costa Rica. It is relatively close to Arenal but most of the road between them is dirt road so it takes around three hours to travel between there. The town is smaller than and not nearly as busy as La Fortuna, but it too has plenty of lodging options. It has a beautiful view of the area and of the river near Arenal. But most importantly, you can tour the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and see the great plant life and wildlife there. The park has a 3-kilometre recommended trail on hanging bridges, from which you can see the cloud forest from a different angle, and see many birds, monkeys and raccoons.
The park also offers some fun and exciting activities: several ziplines over the treetops and a “Tarzan Swing”. This is a three-hour tour over the treetops. The length of all the zipline tracks is 3 kilometres and the maximum height is 127 metres – a fun and recommended experience!
There are also night tours from Monteverde for seeing the nocturnal animals of the forest – primarily, different kinds of insects and ants which can carry enormous weights despite their size (sometimes even whole branches!), and tarantulas. Another recommended attraction in Monteverde is the frog and butterfly farm, where you will see dozens of butterfly species and dozens of local frog species of every shape and size, with interesting explanations about each.
Recommended hotels in Monteverde:
3 Star Hotel. Rooms with balconies and views of Monteverde Cloud Forest. 2 Restaurants, a spa and an outdoor swimming pool. Free parking. Free Wi-Fi in public area.
Eco-friendly property with lush gardens and well-equipped cottages with free Wi-Fi and mountain views. Each cottage features a private terrace, a flat-screen TV and a full kitchen with a microwave and fridge. Free on-site parking.
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