The hills of the cloud forests of monteverde silhouetted in the glowing light of sunset
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Girl holding a butterfly in Costa Rica
White-headed capuchin monkey, Monteverde, Costa Rica

Lose yourself in Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

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Cloud forests linger high in the mountains of Costa Rica, characterized by the misty treetops that have become the country's iconic landscape. This ecosystem is a refuge for a wide variety of animals, which you can spot as you hike through the Monteverde Reserve thanks to trails and suspended walkways that make exploring a breeze.

For a closer look at the plants and wildlife, ask a local Evaneos agency to put you in touch with a nature guide, which is a mandatory requirement if you want to venture into reserves like Curi Cancha and Santa Elena. These experienced guides know how to spot animals or rare species of orchids and insects, giving you a deeper appreciation of the forest.

You'll also have the chance to see Central America's legendary hummingbirds and quetzals. These colorful, iridescent beauties have long inspired local legends and myths. A night-time hike through Monteverde's "hidden valley" is a unique experience for all the senses, set to the sound of musical insects. Let the moonlight guide you as you set off to discover nocturnal animals like the kinkajou.

Crave even more thrills? Explore Monteverde further with a canopy tour, moving through the rainforest's treetops on an adventure course interspersed with ziplines. Keep an eye out as you move; you'll be likely to spot some inhabitants like monkeys, sloths, and other rare animals. Unwind from the excitement by savoring a good cup of coffee at a local plantation, known as a finca in Spanish.

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