'''Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves'''
is a city in [[ Puntarenas]].
The cheapest way to get to Monteverde is by bus, but you may also choose to use the Taxi Boat Taxi option if you are coming from "La Fortuna" and Arenal Volcano area.
You may also choose to get a rental car. The roads within Santa Elena are now paved, but only as far as the gas station. The road to the reserve is not paved. Renting a car is thus not such a bad idea, but make sure that is is 4WD.
There are also private transportation companies that offer private transfers in a private vehicle. There are also shuttle services that charge around $29.00 per person from anywhere in the country. Be aware that these are not private, and sometimes utilize window vans that are packed like sardines.
Monteverde's appeal centers around its scenery and nature. Many ecosystems exist in the numerous reserves, such as Bajo del Tigre, the Santa Elena Reserve, the Bosque Eterno de los Niños and the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
A major industry is the zip-line business, and there are several choices, including the mediocre Original Canopy Tour, the good Sky Trek and the stellar Selvatura. These "canopy tours" offer a good albeit fast look at the canopy from dizzying heights.
Minor attractions include:
* the Frog Pond, which affords a decent look at the numerous local amphibian species
* the Butterfly Garden in Cerro Plano
* the far superior Victorian-style Butterfly Garden
in the Selvatura complex (ask a guide)
* the astounding Insect Museum in the same complex
* the San Luis waterfall
* the very interesting Bajo del Tigre night walk (guarantees tarantula and sloth sightings)
* the Monteverde Cheese Factory
All throughout the main drag of Santa Elena, T-Shirts, shot glasses and other standard tourist fares are sold. Coffee products are sold throughout town as well, though the Coffee Roaster in Monteverde is particularly noteworthy. A women's art commune, CASEM, is a good place to look for wooden wares and a variety of rainforest themed stuffed animals, but is not cheap. Cerro Plano also boasts a South American clothing store, which is relatively cheap but certainly not Costa Rican. Overall, Monteverde souvenirs are tourist-geared kitsch, however.
Go to downtown Santa Elena to get the best food. Sophias Restaurant has really exotic food, and the new restaurant at the top of the Monteverde History Museum, Tramonti is great for italian food. Fried chicken next to the bank in Santa Elena.
*<sleep name="Hotel Sapo Dorado" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.
hotelsapodorado.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Comfortable accommodations just minutes from Monteverde Cloud Forest and other natural attractions.</sleep>
*'''Casa Tranquilo''', [http://www.
casatranquilo.com]. The Ultimate Backpacker Experience, FREE internet, FREE breakfast, Large rooms for 8$ per person. The Owner David speaks perfect english and is willing to help you organize your trip.
*'''El Sapo Dorado''' offers private entrance and porch, private bath with hot water shower, 2 queen-sized beds with orthopedic mattresses, versatile lighting, and a table and chairs for writing, playing games, or enjoying room service. Monteverde Costa Rica El Sapo Dorado restaurant is known for the creativity, variety, flavor, freshness, and presentation of our food from breakfast to dinner. The menu always includes a choice of whole grains, vegetarian and vegan dishes, pastas, seafood, chicken, as well as beef, pork, and decadent desserts. Organic produce is used whenever possible.
*<sleep name="Hotel el Establo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="(506)2460-4697" url="http://www.hotelelestablocr.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""> In the heart of the touristic zone of Monteverde 7 km from the Santa Elena Rain Forest and 4 km from the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Set in a private 150 acres farm (50% protected primary forest) adjacent to the Monteverde Reserve, from here you can arrange one day hiking tour to the monteverde cloud forest.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Trapp Family Lodge" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="
" email="[email protected]
" url="http://www.trappfamilylodgecr.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""> The closest lodge to the Monteverde Reserve Costa Rica, a 15 minute walk, great for bird watching. This cozy new 20-room inn pays tribute to its setting with beautiful tropical wood appointments, private balcony in each guest room, and a family-style restaurant fronted by huge picture windows and a balcony overlooking gardens and verdant rain forest. Set in a small private reserve
, the lodge is ideal for families or anyone appreciative of a warm, homey atmosphere and a convenient location just a few minutes walk from the Monteverde Cloud Forest
*'''Pensión Santa Elena''' is the cheapest option in town, and is located in the middle of Santa Elena. Prices fluctuate but are never high.
*'''Casa Tranquilo''' is a hostel for budget travelers. $7 to $10 per person.
*'''Arco Iris Lodge''' is a mid-range hotel at $
$30 per person
'''Sapo Dorado''' and '''
'' are top
range hotels, at $100 per night
. *'''Sleepers Sleep Cheaper Hostel''' [http://www.sleeperssleepcheaperhostels.com/],
200 m south
World of Insects
Another cheap option
and internet access
Go to the beach or to the nearest destination - '''Arenal Volcano & Fortuna'''.