Must Do in Costa Rica: Monteverde Biological Reserve

A trip to Costa Rica would not be complete without a visit to the Monteverde/Santa Elena area.  And while you are here you must visit the Monteverde Biological Reserve (MBR).  After living in the Monteverde area for almost 6 weeks, we finally made it up to the reserve last Saturday.

Travel Tip: Take a cab, which will cost about $5 USD, up to MBR.  The town bus is unreliable.  It is approximately 4 miles from the town of Santa Elena to MBR.  Depending on where you stay it is certainly possible to walk there.  But keep in mind it is mostly uphill on the way to the reserve.  You can also take an organized tour.

We took a cab from our house to MBR. Once we were in the park, we walked through a 2 hour trail called “Sendero Nuboso”. The vistas are amazing! While we were only at the reserve for a little over 2 hours, you can spend all day there wandering through the trails and taking in the beautiful views from the look-out points. There is a restaurant at the reception area so you can take a lunch break then go back to admire the breathtaking beauty of the cloud forest.

Sendero Nuboso is an easy trail technically but it has some steep slopes. Take comfortable shoes and plenty of water.

Sendero Nuboso is an easy trail technically but it has some steep slopes. Take comfortable shoes and plenty of water.

On the trail at Monteverde Biological Reserve

On the trail at Monteverde Biological Reserve

Chris, Kara, and Tristan at a look out point in Monteverde Biological Reserve. Do you see why it's called a "cloud forest"?

Chris, Kara, and Tristan at a look out point in Monteverde Biological Reserve. Do you see why it’s called a “cloud forest”?

Walking through the suspension bridge at Monteverde Biological Reserve

Walking through the suspension bridge at Monteverde Biological Reserve

Travel Tip: While you will certainly hear the wildlife walking through MBR, if you want to actually see wildlife you should hire one of the guides from the reserve. They have spotting scopes and lots of knowledge of the park. Just ask at the reception desk where you pay the entrance fee.

After a hike through MBR, we walked down to the center of Monteverde (~2.5 miles) to have a delicious, carb-loaded lunch at Tramonti Pizzeria.  Then we backtracked to the Quaker’s Fabrica de Quesos, or Lecheria as it is known locally, for delicious ice cream and to buy my dairy products for the week. We then walked home (~1.5 miles) and napped the rest of the afternoon.  We left the house a little after 8 am and we got home at 3pm.

I highly recommend that anyone visiting the Monteverde area spends a day like this.  You can also visit the Monteverde Institute, Bajo del Tigre, and the Jungle Bat Cave while you are up there.

Travel Tip: Take a rain jacket wherever you go in Costa Rica even if it is bright and sunny when you walk out the door. The weather here can change at the drop of a hat.

Pura Vida!

About Noemi Gamel

Noemi Gamel is a physician who prefers writing diverse children's fantasy stories instead of medical charts. She is a geeky nomad, too.
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