Monteverde and Santa Elena

With its head often shrouded in mist, the appalling roads leading to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve will keep you (literally and figuratively) on the edge of your seat as you anticipate the experience of seeing one of the world's premier nature destinations. Milk churns stacked at the roadside awaiting collection give clues to the real identity of this agricultural community that hides, cut off on all sides, from the rest of Costa Rica. But this isolation has preserved something special in the surrounding hills:
the seed of Monteverde Reserve has germinated to create a host of natural experiences that encapsulate
the very essence of Costa Rica - diversity, seclusion and at times exhilaration. The secret that was Monteverde Reserve in the 1970s when it was founded may now be well known but, true to the uniqueness of the reserve, and despite the visitors, there is still a rough charm to the area.

Santa Elena, the supply town for the local areas of interest, is a scruffy place of barely three streets
and much more appealing for the way it seems to trundle along, like nature, in a state of organized chaos. T
he settlement of Monteverde sits along the bumpy road that leads uphill to the reserve.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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