Monteverde Reserve Trail
Monteverde Reserve Trail

Costa Rica is literally a tropical paradise. Home to approximately 5 percent of the world's biodiversity, this stunning natural variety is what makes national parks such as the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve such a magical place. Home to an incredible array of exotic birds, animals and plants - including tree frogs! - no trip to Costa Rica is complete without a tour of this remarkable cloud forest.

A forgotten world

Walking through Monteverde is like stepping back through time to an age when dinosaurs walked the Earth. Spanning the provinces of Puntarenas and Alajuela, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is one of the most remarkable of Costa Rica's national parks. Divided into six distinct biological zones, the cloud forest covers a staggering 26,000 acres, making it one of the largest nature reserves in Costa Rica.

During the wet season, the lush jungle is obscured by dense mist, providing guests with a truly awe-inspiring experience. Some parts of the park are covered in dense swamps, which is where I prefer to hang out, but many parts of Monteverde rise high above the canopy of the trees, offering spectacular views of the surrounding valley.

Dad and son hiking in Monteverde
Dad and son hiking in Monteverde

A land of adventure

The memories of a trip to Monteverde will last a lifetime. The park boasts dozens of hiking trails that are suited to a variety of skill levels, but be warned - the high altitude and rugged terrain are not for casual strolling. If you're looking for a serious hike, Monteverde is hard to beat. To check out the stunning vistas from a bird's eye view, you can take a canopy tour or traverse one of the many skywalk suspension bridges, all within a few kilometers of the reserve.

Monteverde is arguably one of the best places in all of Costa Rica for wildlife enthusiasts. Home to more than 400 species of bird, over 2,500 species of plant and around 420 different types of orchid, Monteverde Cloud Forest is like nowhere else on Earth. Surrounded by huge ferns, exotic plants and towering trees, it's easy to forget that you're in Costa Rica while you're exploring this lush jungle!

Hanging Bridge at Selvatura
Hanging Bridge at Selvatura