Monteverde, Costa Rica is a small town in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. It is about a four-hour drive up into the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range from the Central Valley of Costa Rica. It is considered a major tourist destination in Costa Rica, primarily visited by ecotourists drawn by the Reserva Biológica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde and numerous other reserves. The area is also frequented by researchers and naturalists who study mountain and tropical biodiversity

In Monteverde Costa Rica rain forest are found more than 100 species of mammals including 5 species of cats, over 400 species of birds including 30 kinds of hummingbirds, tens of thousands of insect species (over 5000 species of moths) and 2,500 species of plants (420 kinds of orchids). The area is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the New World Tropics.



 

On the way to Monteverde by bus
On the way to Monteverde by bus
On the way to Monteverde over the hills and mountains
On the way to Monteverde over the hills and mountains
Local people on the way to Monteverde
Local people on the way to Monteverde
Cowboy on the way to Monteverde
Cowboy on the way to Monteverde
Husband and wife live on the way to Monteverde
Husband and wife live on the way to Monteverde
Mountains on the way to Santa Elena
Mountains on the way to Santa Elena
Rural life on the way to Monteverde
Rural life on the way to Monteverde
Upscale house on the way to Monteverde
Upscale house on the way to Monteverde
Rural estate on the way to Monteverde
Rural estate on the way to Monteverde
Many buses offer service to Monteverde
Many buses offer service to Monteverde
Poster for Monteverde dairy products
Poster for Monteverde dairy products
Overview of Monteverde
Overview of Monteverde
Approaching Monteverde
Approaching Monteverde
Approaching Monteverde
Approaching Monteverde
Approaching Monteverde
Approaching Monteverde
Welcome sign in Monteverde
Welcome sign in Monteverde
Main street in Monteverde
Main street in Monteverde
Main street in Monteverde
Main street in Monteverde
SUVs are the dominant choice for independent travelers to Monteverde
SUVs are the dominant choice for independent travelers to Monteverde
One of many hotels in Monteverde
One of many hotels in Monteverde
One of many hotels and restaurants in Monteverde
One of many hotels and restaurants in Monteverde
One of many hotels and restaurants in Monteverde
One of many hotels and restaurants in Monteverde
Art gallery
Art gallery
Carved doors on an art gallery
Carved doors on an art gallery
One of many hotels and restaurants in Monteverde
One of many hotels and restaurants in Monteverde
Lunch at one of many hotels and restaurants in Monteverde
Lunch at one of many hotels and restaurants in Monteverde
The most common form of transport in rural Costa Rica
The most common form of transport in rural Costa Rica
Local houses, some for rent, some are homes for locals
Local houses, some for rent, some are homes for locals
Hotels everywhere
Hotels everywhere
Cycling is popular
Cycling is popular
Monteverde post office
Monteverde post office
Commercial center of Monteverde
Commercial center of Monteverde
Serpentario of Monteverde
Serpentario of Monteverde
Primitive carving
Primitive carving
One of many hotels in Monteverde
One of many hotels in Monteverde
Local flora
Local flora
Bookstore sign
Bookstore sign
Local branch of the national bank
Local branch of the national bank
SUVs and churches are popular in Costa Rica
SUVs and churches are popular in Costa Rica
Church service ending; note high guard fence
Church service ending; note high guard fence
Local arena in Monteverde
Local arena in Monteverde
Local arena in Monteverde
Local arena in Monteverde
Open air arena
Open air arena
Flor de Lis travel agency
Flor de Lis travel agency
Flor de Lis sign
Flor de Lis sign
Rail car ride through the forest
Rail car ride through the forest
Cars are suspended from overhead rails
Cars are suspended from overhead rails
Each car is drivelnby an geared electric motor controlled by
Each car is drivelnby an geared electric motor controlled by the passenger
Overhead track winds through 1200 meters of the forest
Overhead track winds through 1200 meters of the forest
A cafe is offered along the track
A cafe is offered along the track
Attendant at the cafe
Attendant at the cafe
Dense forest-jungle
Dense forest-jungle
Dense forest-jungle
Dense forest-jungle
Monkeys in the trees
Monkeys in the trees
Monkeys in the trees
Monkeys in the trees
Colorful flora
Colorful flora
Colorful flora
Colorful flora
Colorful flora
Colorful flora
Varieties of bark
Varieties of bark
Colorful flora
Colorful flora
Varieties of bark
Varieties of bark
Colorful flora
Colorful flora
Colorful flora
Colorful flora
Native rodent
Native rodent
Varieties of bark
Varieties of bark
Colorful flora
Colorful flora
dense jungle flora
dense jungle flora
Quiet beauty of the plants
Quiet beauty of the plants
Giant ferns
Giant ferns
The track is about 1500 meters long and takes at
The track is about 1500 meters long and takes at least half an hour; longer with stops
A banana-like fruit
A banana-like fruit
Small insects also populate the jungle
Small insects also populate the jungle
Dense jungle
Dense jungle
Strangler vines
Strangler vines
Ant mound
Ant mound
Roots reach through air
Roots reach through air