natural reserves,

  • Monteverde

    The beautiful cloud forest of Monteverde

    Monteverde is a little town located in the Tilaran Mountain Range, about 4 hours from San Jose on a bumpy road. Monteverde is considered a very important Eco touristic destiny in Costa Rica, and was once on the list of the 1000 places to visit on a life time. It is worldly known for its Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which is one of the most important natural reserves in the area.

    This little town was founded in 1950 by 11 Quakers from Alabama. The close by areas were previously habited by Costa Ricans who came with the golden fever, but the Quakers established on the region and began what was for a long time the Cheese Factory of Monteverde.

    When you visit Monteverde and the main town Santa Elena, you will be experiencing one of the very few patches of cloud forest on the world, full of biodiversity and endemic flora and fauna. Also, it has one of the most beautiful views in Costa Rica, to the Nicoya Golf.

    Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is located in the Puntarenas Province close to the touristic town of Santa Elena in Monteverde. The roads to visit the Reserve are very rustic, mostly made out of grave. It is a great place to enjoy the wonders of nature, surrounded by the lush green areas of the Cloud Forest. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is home of one of the most beautiful woodlands of the country, where visitors are able to see orchids, bromeliads, ferns, vines, and mosses. It has numerous crystal clear streams, and its large altitudinal gradient has helped produce an extremely high biodiversity.


    Banana Adventure Tours offers services to plan a trip to Monteverde, combined with other places. It can be a group or individually. Write us to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fill out the request form.

    Monteverde Adventure
    Monteverde Adventure

     Written by Caro Goodfellow
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  • National Parks

    25% of Costa Rica is Protected


    There are 26 National Parks in Costa Rica:

    • Arenal Volcano National Park
    • Barbilla National Park
    • Barra Honda National Park
    • Braulio Carrillo National Park
    • Cahuita National Park
    • Carara National Park
    • Chirripó National Park
    • Cocos Island National Park
    • Corcovado National Park
    • Diria National Park
    • Guanacaste National Park
    • Irazú Volcano National Park
    • Juan Castro Blanco National Park
    • La Amistad International Park
    • La Cangreja National Park
    • Las Baulas National Marine Park
    • Los Quetzales National Park
    • Manuel Antonio National Park
    • Maquenque National Park (proposed)
    • Palo Verde National Park
    • Piedras Blancas National Park
    • Poás Volcano National Park
    • Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park
    • Santa Rosa National Park
    • Tapantí National Park
    • Tenorio Volcano National Park
    • Tortuguero National Park
    • Turrialba Volcano National Park